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The Godfather: Goto Tadamsa Loses; 後藤忠政組長の敗北?


Oct 17, 2008


Goto Tadamasa, Japan's most notorious gangster has been forced out.
Goto Tadamasa, Japan

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As previously reported, Goto Tadamasa, the leader of the Goto-gumi (1200 members), one of the largest factions of Japan’s organized crime group, the Yamaguchi-gumi (40,000) members, was expelled from the organization on the 14th of October, 2008. He briefly attempted to rally his allies and go independent, provoking the Yamaguchi-gumi head office to officially banish him (絶縁)which is a much heavier penalty. Some would say the Yakuza equivalent of a fatwa (or death sentence). However, due to some behind the scenes negotiations, the Yamaguchi-gumi ruling council was able to block Goto’s movements, get his own soldiers to betray him via internal promotions and enticements. Goto himself went to Kobe on the 17th, apologized to the ruling council, and Takayama, the de facto boss of the entire Yamaguchi-gumi and promised to retire. His yakuza career is essentially over.

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