Aichi cops: Assailants shoot yakuza dead, getaway car found on fire

By Tokyo Reporter Staff on July 15, 2016Comments Off on Aichi cops: Assailants shoot yakuza dead, getaway car found on fire
A person believed to be a Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi member was shot and killed in a residence in Naka Ward
AICHI (TR) – Aichi Prefectural Police are investigating the shooting death of a person believed to be an organized crime member in Nagoya’s Naka Ward, reports NHK (July 15).
At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Friday, police received a call about a man who had been shot inside a residence on the fourth floor of a building in the Shinsakae area.
According to TBS News (July 15), the victim, likely a Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi executive aged in his 60s, was confirmed dead about one and a half hours later after being transported to a nearby hospital.
According to police, two assailants entered the residence and opened fire at the victim with pistols. They then fled the scene in a silver sedan.
The vehicle was later found on fire in the parking lot of a shrine located about two kilometers from the residence. Police later confirmed that the car had been stolen.
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Aichi cops: Assailants shoot yakuza dead, getaway car found on fire
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Yuki Kawajiri
MIYAGI (TR) – Miyagi Prefectural Police have arrested an employee of a major developer in a fraud case involving a loan of nearly 50 million yen to a gang boss, reports the Sankei Shimbun (July 12).
Police arrested Masakazu Takagi, a 46-year-old employee at the Ishinomaki City office of Sumitomo Realty & Development, as a part of the investigation into a housing loan fraudulently obtained by Yuki Kawajiri, a 54-year-old boss of a gang affiliated with theKobe Yamaguchi-gumi, and his wife, 55-year-old Tomoko.
Takagi partially denies the charges. “I went through the procedures to borrow the money, but I did not know he was a gangster,” the suspect is quoted by police.
According to Kahoku Shimpo (July 13), a loan for 49.35 million yen for the construction of a new home was taken out with a bank in Sendai City in Tomoko’s name in which she did not acknowledge ties to “anti-social forces,” or organized crime. After submitting the application in June of last year, the couple claimed to be divorced. However, police later realized that they were living together.
In May, police arrested Kawajiri and his wife for in separate case involving the forgery of documents for a move in an office, according to the Kahoku Shimpo (May 26). The next month, Miyagi police raided the headquarters of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi in Awaji City, Hyogo Prefecture in search of evidence in the case.
On Tuesday, police conducted raids at three locations in Ishinomaki, including the Sumitomo office, in connection with the fraud case.
A representative of Sumitomo said that the details of the matter were “under investigation.” As well, Takagi has been removed from his position at the firm.

According to police, there are about 1,060 gang members in Miyagi, with the Sumiyoshi-kai (735 members), Yamaguchi-gumi (170) and Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi(75) being the three biggest organizations.