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US arrests Japanese Yakuza boss over missile sales to Myanmar rebels

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  • Japanese Yakuza leader Takeshi Ebisawa was arrested alongside co-conspirators for plotting drug distribution and purchasing U.S. surface-to-air missiles for Myanmar rebels.
  • Authorities said Ebisawa planned to sell heroin and methamphetamine in the U.S. and acquired the missiles to protect drug shipments.
  • Ebisawa and his co-conspirators were detained in Manhattan, and each now faces a potential life sentence.
  • Ebisawa’s drug and weapons network extends to Japan, Thailand and Sri Lanka and has been under investigation by the U.S. since 2019.

Japanese Yakuza leader Takeshi Ebisawa was arrested by U.S. officials Thursday on charges of plotting to sell drugs and for purchasing U.S. surface-to-air missiles for Myanmar rebels.

Ebisawa, 57, is described by federal prosecutors as a leader in a Japanese crime syndicate and is believed to have worked with co-conspirators. Their plot was discovered through their conversations with an undercover DEA agent. An unsealed criminal complaint Thursday revealed the missiles were meant to be used to protect drug shipments. Ebisawa had also schemed to sell heroin and methamphetamine in the U.S.

Japanese court sentences yakuza boss to death for the first time in history

Yakuza boss, Kudo-kai head Satoru Nomura

A court in Japan issued a historic ruling by sentencing a Yakuza boss to death on Aug. 24 for his alleged involvement in four assaults, which killed one of the victims.

The case: The public hearing linked Kudo-kai head Satoru Nomura, 74, and his second-in-command Fumio Tanoue, 65, to the civilian attacks purportedly carried out by Kudo-kai members, reported Mainichi

Japanese Yakuza Not Allowed to Give Children Halloween Candy, Government Says


The Japanese government has found a way to ostracize the yakuza underworld groups further by banning their members from giving out candies to children who are out trick or treating during Halloween.

The Prefectural Assembly of Hyogo has unanimously approved the proposal to revise the Organized Crime Exclusion Ordinances on Monday, according to SoraNews24. The newly added provision will make it illegal for the Yamaguchi-gumi, one of Japan’s largest yakuza clans, to hand candies to children during Halloween at their headquarters in Kobe.

Japanese Cop Falls in Love With Yakuza Member She Arrested

A Japanese policewoman who fell in love with a yakuza member she arrested found out that starting a relationship with a gang member is a recipe for disaster.

The member of a yakuza organization, who is believed to be in his 30s, was arrested by the 23-year-old officer and her colleague at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police’s Shinjuku Precinct last November, according to NHK News Web, as translated by SoraNews24.

Why Japan’s Yakuza Members Cut Off Their Fingers as Punishment

Losing a finger is probably the last thing anyone would accept as a risk for joining some organization. The practice, however, is common for Japan’s Yakuza, which happens as a form of punishment for various offenses.

The word yubitsume, which literally translates to “finger-shortening,” functions as a means for a Yakuza member to show remorse for an offense committed.