Yamaguchi-gumi Second-in-Command Released from Tokyo Prison

Society

Tokyo, Oct. 18 (Jiji Press)--Kiyoshi Takayama, second-in-command of Yamaguchi-gumi, the biggest yakuza crime group in Japan with some 4,400 members, was released from a prison in Tokyo on Friday, putting police on high alert amid a series of incidents following its breakup.

After getting into a car and leaving the Fuchu prison at around 5:50 a.m. (8:50 p.m. Thursday GMT), Takayama, 72, arrived at Shinagawa Station in the Japanese capital just before 7 a.m. and got on a Shinkansen train. He got off the train at Nagoya Station in central Japan.

Dressed in black clothing, Takayama, who pulled a hat over his eyes, wore a neck brace and used a walking stick.

Takayama, a close aide to Kenichi Shinoda, also known as Shinobu Tsukasa, the 77-year-old leader of Yamaguchi-gumi, is from Kodo-kai, a Nagoya-based core group in the crime syndicate.

Yamaguchi-gumi was split into three groups after Takayama was imprisoned for extortion in June 2014. As his iron-fist rule is said to be the reason behind the split, how he will handle the aftermath is drawing attention.

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