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Gangland Turf War Threatens Tokyo

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posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 12:24 AM
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Tokyo has had a large spike in gang activity in past months. The severity is continuing to grow on a daily basis. There has been a large number of stabbings and shooting in the Shibuya areain the past month alone.

 



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Bullets were fired at two gang offices in Tokyo on Tuesday in what appears to be a growing turf war between the country's two biggest underworld syndicates.Police have arrested Hideo Numanou, 43, and Koji Ueno, senior members of a group belonging to the Kobayashi-kai, an affiliate of the Tokyo-based Sumiyoshi-kai, on suspicion of carrying out one of the shootings on an affiliate of the Kobe-based Yamaguchi-gumi.

A group belonging to the Kokusui-kai, a Yamaguchi-gumi affiliate, once used the apartment as an office.


The police said shots were also heard at around 5:40 a.m. at a condo complex in Toshima Ward, where they believe the Ota-kai, another Yamaguchi-gumi affiliate, has an office. Police think the incidents are linked to the shooting death of Ryoichi Sugiura, 43, a senior Kobayashi-kai member, in Minato Ward on Monday.Police sources said the Yamaguchi-gumi and the Sumiyoshi-kai have been fighting recently, ever since a Yamaguchi-gumi affiliate opened an office in Minato Ward.




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The fact that they are using guns is a sign of the severity of the situation. Guns are banned in Japan and they are very hard to acquire illegally. At least the gangs are fighting amongst themselves.

[edit on 7-2-2007 by JamesMcMahn]




posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 07:04 PM
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I was watching the news today and they say that there has been another shooting 3 bloccks from where the first happened. I am currently trying to find an English link.



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