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In the News (Fri 19 Jul 19)

Yamaguchi’s wounds were fatal but he did not die until two years later, proving that he was one of the toughest mobsters in the history of the Yamaguchi-gumi.
When an important boss of the Matsuda Gumi was killed in a 1975 gang war by Yamaguchi Gumi hitmen, twenty-five year old Kiyoshi Narumi and other Matsuda Gumi members ate the ashes of their leader in a pledge of revenge.
Narumi decided to kill the head of the Yamaguchi Gumi, one of the most feared and powerful gangsters in the history of Japan.Taoka was always surrounded by at least four or five bodyguards, so it took Narumi three years to find an opportunity to kill the man he hated so much.
www3.tky.3web.ne.jp /~edjacob/bloodbaths.htm

In 1946 his Boss Noburu Yamaguchi died and at the age of 33 he took over as the new Oyabun (Boss) of the Yamaguchi Gumi who at that time were decimated, by arrests and milititary draft, to an estimate 25 kobun (made guys, soldiers).
First to succumb to the Yamaguchi Gumi's powers were the Honda Kai group, they were a major gambling group in Kobe and were taken over by the Yamaguchi Gumi.
Taoka wasn't satisfied yet and ordered his soldiers to take on the Miyamoto Gumi, they were threatened and under threat they decided it was better to join the Yamaguchi Gumi Clan, and so the Yamaguchi Gumi had new members and grew even more powerful.
gangstersinc.tripod.com /KazuoTaoka.html

 Yamaguchi-gumi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
And its current kumicho (Godfather), Kenichi Shinoda, has declared an expansionist policy -- even making inroads into Tokyo, traditionally not Yamaguchi turf.
2nd (1925-1942) Kumicho: Noboru Yamaguchi - son of Harukichi Yamaguchi
Despite more than a decade of police crackdowns, their numbers have been growing.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Yamaguchi-gumi

Yamaguchi Gumi was mostly equipped with handguns, while Teramura's armory consisted mainly of shotguns and Japanese swords.
There was one of Yamaguchi Gumi's sub-organizations (conveniently called "G" Gumi for the purpose of this book) in the southern part of Kyoto in close proximity to Teramura Gumi.
The one who ran around as the mediator was the boss of the "M" Gumi, which was a venerable organization directly under the Yamaguchi Gumi.
www.zorro-me.com /MIYAZAKI_ENG/toppa_eng/top_pt1_03e.html

 Taking Care Of Business
The gangster came from the Kobe-based Yamaguchi Gumi, and slowly, but steadily, he and his comrades have been muscling in on rival territory, creating a force that now dominates organized crime in Japan.
It was around 1960, and the Yamaguchi Gumi was embroiled in a series of deadly turf wars.
Arguably a bigger problem for Japan, though, is that the Yamaguchi Gumi has squirrelled its way into the New Economy, and has political connections reaching into the highest echelons of government.
www2.gol.com /users/coynerhm/taking_care_of_business.htm

 Who got Yakuza into our banking system?
Yamaguchi Gumi is Japan's largest organized crime based in Kansai in the western part of the country.
At the time, Yamaguchi Gumi was in the midst of an internal breakup, andTakenaka needed money.
However, taking advantage of this situation, Yamaguchi Gumi not only expanded its business territory but also started interacting openly with the bank's top management with the consentof the Ministry.
members.tripod.com /%7Eorgcrime/yakuzabanking.htm

 The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition: Yamaguchi@ HighBeam Research
Yamaguchi is in her seventh year with Discover...
We'll be doing a lot of commuting," says Yamaguchi, who splits her time off between homes...
Just three years ago, Yamaguchi was a household name only in skating...
www.highbeam.com /ref/doc0.asp?docid=1E1:Yamaguch

 Police nabs Yamashita gangland slaying suspect - JapanUpdate.com - Okinawa News, Classifieds, Events, Culture, Forums, and more!
The police has suspected from the beginning that the shooting was a revenge against Hirota's group that is accused of killing the number two man of Yamaguchi Gumi in a knife attack in 1997.
The police say that the suspect is a known member of Yamaguchi Gumi, the largest gangster syndicate in the nation.
Police arrested a 24-year-old alleged member of Yamaguchi Gumi gangster syndicate, Tuesday, on suspicion of shooting dead a second in charge of a rival gangster group.
www.japanupdate.com /en?id=760

The Yamaguchi gumi has its headquarters in Kobe, Japan.
Estimates put the number of active members at 20,000.
www.encyclopedia-1.com /y/ya/yamaguchi_gumi.html

 Yamaguchi-gumi -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article
2nd (1925-1942) Kumicho: Yamaguchi Noboru - son of Yamaguchi Harukichi
It is, by far, the largest of the (Organized crime in Japan; an alliance of criminal organizations and illegal enterprises) yakuza groups, and its membership encompasses roughly a third of all yakuza.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/Y/Ya/Yamaguchi-gumi.htm

 Yamaguchi . Yuriko Yamaguchi . Kristi Yamaguchi . Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi . Makoto Yamaguchi
It is also the name of Yamaguchi Prefecture and Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi Yamaguchi-shi, the capital of that prefecture.
There is a Catholic cathedral in Yamaguchi city which commemorates the visit of Saint Francis Xavier...
In 2003 the city had an estimated population of 142,236 and a population density of 398.53 persons per square kilometer km².
www.uk.kunsimuna.net /Yamaguchi_UK_973799_fn

 Taoka Kazuo
Despite his expansion, the heart of his business remained in the Kobe docks, where, by the mid-1960s, the Yamaguchi syndicate controlled almost 80 percent of all cargo loading.
Taoka Kazuo, the Japanese yakuza's "boss of bosses," was born in 1913 on the island of Shikoku.
Despite the decline of the gang both in size and power as a result of the war, Taoka used his ferocity and his tremendous ability to organize the remaining members.
www.alternatives.com /crime/cm18.html

 The Courier-Mail: New don for top crime gang [ 28aug05 ]
The Yamaguchi-gumi has about 39,200 members and associate members, accounting for 45 per cent of all gang members throughout Japan.
It has its headquarters in Kobe, where Harukichi Yamaguchi established the syndicate with about 50 stevedores in 1915.
By owning rights to operate wholesale markets in Kobe and controlling the show-business world, it expanded its strength through gangland wars in the 1950s and 1960s under the leadership of its third don, Kazuo Taoka.
www.thecouriermail.news.com.au /printpage/0,5942,16410377,00.html

 PULP : : The Manga Magazine : : TokyoScope
Director Yamashita, who also helmed a previous film about the Yamaguchi-gumi in 1973 starring Bunta and Ken Takakura, would much improve in time with his ferocious Nihon bouryuku retou–keihan shinko roshi no gundan, about killer Korean front-line gangsters, in 1975.
The original Japanese film, an authorized account of the Yamaguchi gang's invasion of Kyushu in the early sixties, was a average-to-good Toei yakuza movie, much influenced by the previous year's trio of Jingi-naki tatakai titles.
Even so, Hit Man was the only jitsuroku eiga ever dubbed into English and remains the only legitimate place to see "Bud" and the whole sick crew on US home video.
www.pulp-mag.com /books/tokyoscope/tattoedhitman.shtml

 Definition of Yakuza
In the yamaguchi gumi, which controls some 2500 businesses and 500 yakuza groups, there are even 5th rank subsidary organisations.
However, each kobun, in turn, can offer sakazuki as oyabun to his underling to form an affiliated organisation, which might in turn form lower rank organisations.
Yubitsume or finger cutting is a form of penance or apology.
www.wordiq.com /definition/Yakuza

 Japan Times: Yamaguchi-gumi don celebrates a decade at the top
There, he eventually fell in with Yamaken-gumi, one of the highest-ranking gangs in the Yamaguchi hierarchy.
In 1961, during a war with a rival gang, Watanabe was charged with weapons possession and served just over a year in prison.
He graduated from junior high school in Tochigi and then went to Tokyo.
www.japantimes.com /cgi-bin/makeprfy.pl5?nn19990719a5.htm

 section 6e
The head of Kamoda-gumi above "M" -gumi in the hierarchy, His good parentage (his family is related to the Yamaguchi from his father's generation) enhanced by his large-mindedness, Kamoda Shigemasa was among the most prominent heads of Yamaguchi-gumi-affiliated organizations.
Kamoda-gumi was also known as militant with its membership having reached nearly 3,000 at its peak.
Accepted 4 or 5 years ago, by the head of "M"-gumi within a larger yakuza organization, Kamoda-gumi affiliated with giant Yamaguch-gumi, he became a young samurai for "M"-gumi.
smartech_osaka.tripod.com /toppa/sec6e.html

 Mailgate: sci.techniques.spectroscopy: Re: Those PHUCKING Shimadzu Japs....
not to mention all those Yakuza, like, Yamaguchi gumi was from Kansai or Kinai area is well known.
They might be headquartered there now, their founder was from the west.
In other words, you should be abled to find scum almost anywhere.
mailgate.supereva.it /sci/sci.techniques.spectroscopy/msg00999.html

 Japan police grab mob boss, 19 in swoop (UPI) Dec. 26, 1997 5:13 AM EST
Several of the suspects were senior members of the Yamaguchi-gumi, the nation's largest criminal syndicate, police officials said.
One of the high-ranking members was identified as Kaneyoshi Kuwata (``Kah-NEH-yoh-shee Koo-WAH-tah''), the 58-year-old don of the Yamaken- gumi (Yah-mah-KEHN Goo-MEE``), a yakuza group based in the western port city of Kobe.
Officials said police officers stopped Kuwata at 4:30 a.m.
vikingphoenix.com /news/archives/1997/japan/jp970075.htm

 Mutant Frog Travelogue » 2005 » August » 06
Second, Asahio Genio reports that Yoshinori Watanabe, the Kumicho (Don, Godfather) of the Yamaguchi Gumi, Japan’s largest Yakuza clan, has unexpectedly retired.
Hundreds of yakuza gang bosses from across Japan went to the Yamaguchi-gumi’s Kobe headquarters for the July 29 meeting as they were watched by scores of police and media representatives.
Kase’s letter to Togo shows the diplomat was worried that an already struggling Japan was about to be lumbered with a bevy of nasty Nazis.
www.mutantfrog.com /2005/08/06

 Japanese Crime By the Numbers
Percentage of the Yamaguchi Gumi, Japan's largest crime syndicate, said to be made up of Koreans: 10
Percentage of the Yamaguchi Gumi, Japan's largest crime syndicate, said to be made up of burakumin (Japan's "untouchables"): 70
Number of police officers in Japan in 2001: 269,910
www.quirkyjapan.or.tv /crimebynumbers.htm

Hirota, the reputed number two of the Nakano-kai, has been on the wanted list for some time in connection of an alleged golf-course development fraud.
gangstersinc.tripod.com /WatanabeRetires.html

 Naha shooting leaves gang boss dead - JapanUpdate.com - Okinawa News, Classifieds, Events, Culture, Forums, and more!
Police suspect that the shooting is a continuation of a gang war between Nakano Gang and its former parent organization Yamaguchi Gumi, the largest criminal organization in the nation.
The war started in 1997 when members of Nakano Gang allegedly shot dead the then number two boss of Yamaguchi Gumi.
I saw the car stop, and when I approached she just kept screaming,” the driver said.
www.japanupdate.com /en/?id=558

 Yamaguchi News - Headlines
After completing a three-month artist-in-residency in 2003 in Akiyoshidai, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Phinn is now in his second year at the secluded Noro San Art Village near Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture.
Bills to privatize the nation's postal services passed the Lower House on Tuesday, paving the way for Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to pursue his reform agenda.
www.local-news.net /go/131.47/34.17

 Ex-Koizumi Aide Linked To Crime Syndicate - Forbes.com
The top secretary to one of Japan's leading politicians told this reporter, who was dining with a senior member of the Yamaguchi Gumi crime syndicate, that his boss had to deal with gangsters in order to raise election funds.
The gang boss told Forbes that most politicians had dealings with their local crime syndicates.
www.forbes.com /2004/06/24/cz_bf_0624koizumi.html

A network of informants (the Tonari Gumi or Neighborhood Associations) was established in every building, on every street and on every block.
The TOKKO investigated a large number of internal "problems" including Japanese listening to foreign music or reading foreign books, communists, pacifists and those not showing proper respect to the Emperor.
By 1936, the TOKKO had arrested 59,013 people, bringing 5000 to trial and giving about half of that prison sentences.
www.fortunecity.com /tattooine/leiber/50/bds1.htm

 Photokyo - Japan Pictures: Tokyo - May 11/2004
mikey says: Man Japan has really changed since I lived there I guess these cats parents must be proud of them....NOT!, Tattoes were for the famed Yamaguchi Gumi, now its a free for all.
www.photokyo.com /showpicture.asp?number=2244

 Japanese Organised Crime in Australia
xxxxxx born 211040 heads the Shino Gumi which is a subsidiary of the SUMI YOSHI RENGO KAI organisation, the third largest Boryokudan group in Japan.
As a result of information received The Task Force (BCI) conducted surveillance in relation to the following person and his bodyguards.
www.fas.org /irp/world/australia/docs/ncaaoc4.html

 ejcjs - Media Intimidation in Japan: A Close Encounter with Hard Japanese Nationalism
According to a recent report in the Far Eastern Economic Review, although a host of smaller gangster groups have been smashed, the largest of them all, the Yamaguchi Gumi, has grown into a "colossus" during the recession, now boasting 16,500 full-time members (Kattoulas, 2000).
The yazuka, despite a police crackdown that began in the early 1990s, are not in bad health either.
In the relatively small number of incidents these days when the mass media broach a taboo topic, the extreme right can still have a significant impact on public discussion.
www.japanesestudies.org.uk /discussionpapers/McNeill.html

 Re: violence
I wonder too how the wealth of Yamaguchi compares with Aum?
And its links with politicians and police, and its bullying nature?
www.mail-archive.com /fukuzawa@ucsd.edu/msg04682.html

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