- 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.
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.
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.
A member of the biggest yakuza organization Yamaguchi-gumi was arrested at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport last week as he attempted to board a flight to Cambodia.
The suspect, identified as 36-year-old Tatsuka Tanaka, was arrested by Immigration Police at the airport checkpoint on June 22 over fraud charges, Thairath reported.
Members of the infamous Yakuza syndicate are reportedly branching out to non-traditional criminal pursuits.
While there are still those who engage in the usual gangster stuff- drug-dealing, gambling, and prostitution, the recent government crackdown on organized crime groups has forced many to shift into other means to earn some easy money.
Every company has a secret to their success, and Nintendo is no exception; their secret, however, is a dark and fascinating one — the Yakuza.
Most people know the Yakuza for shady business activities, whole-body tattoos, and chopped-off fingers, but as it turns out, the infamous Japanese organization had been instrumental early in the toymaker’s history.
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.
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.
Netflix released a new trailer for its upcoming crime thriller “The Outsider”, starring Jared Leto as a former American soldier who joins the Japanese Yakuza.
Set in post-WWII Japan, Leto plays Nick Lowell, a POW who finds freedom with the help of his Yakuza cellmate.
Authorities reported that members of the yakuza — Japan’s infamous collective of organized criminal gangs — have decreased for the 12th consecutive year.
The latest membership figure is pegged at 39,100, down 7,800, the National Police Agency said. This is the first time the number is under 40,000 since 1958.