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Japan's police on alert in wake of reported yakuza group split

Japan’s largest yakuza group, or crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi, marks its 100th year in business in 2015, but the group’s future looks to be in doubt following two meetings this week in the western city of Kobe that apparently have split the organization in two. Police nationwide have gone on full alert, fearing that the fissure will spark a bloody gang war, as a previous factional divide did in 1984. More than 100 police officers were on duty in the area around the Yamaguchi-gumi headquarters in Kobe, according to a senior detective in the Hyogo Prefectural Police Department, as well as multiple Japanese media outlets, including the Sankei newspaper.  Sources with...

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