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Behind the scenes report on split of yakuza crime syndicate

  • April 8, 2016
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unnamed (4)The program reported on the largest yakuza crime syndicate, Yamaguchi-gumi, and its spinoff group Kobe-Yamaguchi-gumi, saying that the two groups have been repeatedly involved in violent clashes. According to the program, although the number of Yamaguchi-gumi members was originally about 23,400 before the split, it has dropped to 14,100. The Kobe-Yamaguchi-gumi took about 6,100 members and is gaining momentum. The program interviewed a former senior member of Yamaguchi-gumi, who said that while the Yamaguchi-gumi originally responded calmly to the split, it is becoming increasingly frustrated and impatient with the new group.


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