Recently there have been some updates in the ongoing Japanese Gang War saga.
So–to re-cap some vital deets–Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi broke away from Yamaguchi-gumi (the biggest Yakuza group in all the land). People are pissed. People have been called names. People have been trolled. People have been beaten. People have been killed. These two groups are cracking down on each other, and the Japanese po-po have been cracking down on them.
The leader of the “parent” Yamaguchi-gumi, Shinobu Tsukasa, called a big meeting of a few of the large and/or significant Yakuza group bosses–specifically Isao Seki of the Sumiyoshi-kai, and Jiro Kiyoda of the Inagawa-kai, and their execs. (You may remember that “-gumi” and “-kai” both basically mean the same thing: “team”.) This took place in China Town, in Yokohama (south of Tokyo, you Navy folks can feel me on this one.) It lasted an hour and twenty minutes.
The Japanese media are calling it a “Yakuza Summit.” Contrary to Hollywood, et al, this has never happened before [on record]. So, just to be clear here, this is the first time in recorded history multiple big Yakuza bosses have met under ceasefire conditions, openly.
Because the current Yamaguchi-gumi leader is kind of a high profile, low impact celebrity at the moment, the cops have to keep him safe in public (like at that last train station trolling). As a result, he gave the Prefectural cops in Kanagawa (the “state” where Yokohama is located) a heads-up about his little get-together. He explained that it was a dinner party; semi-professional, just dudes in the same business having a chit-chat. No murders were planned. He promised the cops that there would be no violence or drama. Just dinner and drinks. And probably some plotting and scheming. Boys’ll be boys, and all that.
Tsukasa held true to his word. There was not only no single hint of drama or violence, but not a single dude was decapitated…or even disemboweled. Not even just a little bit. Quentin Tarantino would not be pleased.
The cops had the place wired, and were surveilling…probably in marked cars, in uniform, with their sirens on. Furthermore, the police respectfully requested that journalists not mill around while this dinner was afoot.
In completely unrelated news…A legendary Yakuza hitman, Miki Ando (also boss of the Takenaka-gumi), was arrested for sword and firearms possession. This is relevant in a tertiary sense due to Ando having done 20 years in prison for crimes committed in the Yamaichi War (Yakuza war) during the mid-to-late 80s. Those crimes included attacking Yamaguchi-gumi’s then 4th in command.
I’ve also heard down the T.O. wire that recently a Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi sub-boss in Wakayama Prefecture may have been beaten to death. More on that, as it happens–if it happened.
It’s Autumn now. Japan is perfect only twice a year: shoulder seasons. The other two seasons are either a frozen hell, or a humid hell. Worst of both worlds.
Stay safe, y’all.
Featured image courtesy of Al Jazeera.