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Man slashed on Tokyo street in suspected gang feud

A Metropolitan Police Department patrol car is seen in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward in this Feb. 23, 2022 file photo. (Mainichi/Kazuhisa Soneda)

TOKYO -- A suspected yakuza member was slashed in the Japanese capital on the night of July 2 in a possible feud between rival gangs.

    The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD)'s organized crime control division announced on July 3 that a man in his 40s with apparent ties to the Yamaguchi-gumi crime syndicate had been slashed in the left leg with a knife on a street in Tokyo's Edogawa Ward the night before. The man's injuries will require about two weeks to heal.

    According to the organized crime control division, a resident in Edogawa Ward made an emergency report at around 9:20 p.m. on July 2, saying, "Two men are fighting on a street." Police rushed to the scene and spotted a man in his 30s believed to be linked to the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi syndicate, but he fled the scene after saying, "I had nothing to do with it." The injured man also told police, "The assailant fled."

    A building apparently related to a senior member of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi is located near the site. The MPD division suspects that the incident may be related to a feud between the Yamaguchi-gumi and its splinter group Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, and are stepping up security.

    The incident occurred in a residential area about 2 kilometers west of Shinozaki Station on the Toei Shinjuku subway line.


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