Explosion rocks Yamaken-gumi office, gang claims no video footage
As many who are up on their Japan news probably saw, there was an explosion Monday morning at an office owned by the Yamaguchi-gumi affiliated Yamaken-gumi. Thus far, the Mainichi is the only place to have an English-language story up about the incident:
Police rushed to the office of the Yamaken-gumi gang, which is affiliated with the Yamaguchi-gumi criminal syndicate, in Kobe’s Chuo Ward after a resident nearby reported the sound of a blast and that their house windows had been shattered at around 2:40 a.m. on Nov. 1.
Officers from Ikuta Police Station found several dents on a stainless-steel column near the office’s front door and a gunpowder-like smell wafting in the area. A metal cylinder, measuring about 1 centimeter in diameter and three centimeters in length and apparently part of the explosive material, was found inside the resident’s home across from the gang office. Police suspect that someone had placed an explosive near the gang’s office and have begun investigating the case on suspicion of destruction of property.
According to the article, a gang member had checked CCTV footage, but did not see anyone on camera.
Here is a TBS report about the incident (Japanese) showing the glass debris that covered the area:
Residents may be scared, but the yakuza are probably furious and out hunting for the mysterious figure that supposedly didn’t appear on their security cameras.