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Cracking down: Sumo scandal just a part of larger anti-yakuza operation

Sumo scandal news may have begun to quiet down with the end of the Nagoya Tournament, but this great article from Gavin Blair at the Christian Science Monitor tells the…

Ex-yakuza celeb management office top arrested for attempted fraud

The PR manager of a well-known celeb management office was arrested and a warrant put out for the company representative on July 26 on charges of attempted fraud in connection…

Drugs discovered inside snack packages at Inagawa-kai member's condo

A member of the Inagawa-kai was arrested for possession of stimulants and cannabis after being discovered carrying 19.5 grams of stimulants and 29 grams of marijuana on his person July…

Tokyo Vice hits BBC's Book of the Week

Only weeks after the release of Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan in the United Kingdom, we have been honored to have the book chosen…

Nichidai board chairman plays matchmaker with Sumo Association and NPSC reps

An article in the July 22 issue of Shukan Bunshun (武蔵川と中井洽疑惑の参院選で「料理停密会」page 146) reports on a suspicious meeting between the chairman of the Japan Sumo Association, Musashigawa, and National Public Safety…

Kindergarten teacher arrested for taking photos of student

It was announced that a kindergarten teacher has been arrested in Higashi-Murayama city for indecent assault and creating child pornography. The 28-year-old male teacher reportedly molested a fourth-year student in…

Reports of Nagoya tournament suffering due to sumo scandal

Amongst much controversy, the Grand Sumo Nagoya Tournament has gone on (mostly) as planned, despite NHK’s refusal to broadcast the event and a boycott by a number of sponsors (but…

One Piece voice actor arrested for obscene photos

Voice actor for the popular anime One Piece, Norio Imamura, was arrested July 12 for displaying photos of the lower half of his body on his blog. According to police,…

License-less Yamaguchi-gumi tattoo artist arrested

A traditional tattoo artist, or horishi, was arrested July 10 for accepting money for tattoos without the proper medical license under violation of the medical practitioner’s law. The 36-year-old Hyogo-based…

Kyoto yakuza arrested for attacking unmarked cop car

Officers in an unmarked police car ran into unexpected trouble June 8 when they were approached and harassed by three members of the Kyoto-based Aizukotetsu-kai, who believed the car belonged…