Friday, March 22, 2013

Japan's Number Two Yakuza Jailed For Extortion

The Inquirer News in the Philippines reports on the arrest of the number two yakuza in Japan.

TOKYO — A “one-eyed” gangster, the number-two man in Japan’s biggest yakuza crime organization, was convicted of extortion on Friday, winning a high-profile victory for the country’s anti-mob police.

Kiyoshi “Mekkachi” Takayama, 65, who reputedly lost the use of his eye in a swordfight early in his career, was jailed for six years. His underworld nickname of “Mekkachi” means “one-eyed” in the dialect of western Japan.

Takayama is second in command of the Yamaguchi-gumi, a vast organized crime syndicate that had 27,700 members at the end of 2012, according to the National Police Agency.

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You can also read my Crime Beat column on the yakuza and Jake Adelstein's Toyko Vice: An American Reporter On the Police Beat in Japan via the below link:

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