Half-breed group at Sunshine! Officials Reveal the Cause of the Shudder of the Massive Brawl
What the hell are you doing?
I’ll kill you!”
Plates and forks flew about, and the men’s angry shouts echoed. An unprecedented brawl among 100 physically fit men. The elegant restaurant with a night view of Tokyo from 210 meters above the ground became a scene of a crime scene.
The big fight between a group of semi-gangsters took place on the evening of October 16. The location was a French restaurant on the 58th floor of the “Sunshine 60” skyscraper in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, a large restaurant with about 400 seats, where a group of nearly 100 people had made reservations from 6 p.m. on that day. Suddenly, the brawl began about 30 minutes after the dinner started.
Dozens of men wearing black masks were hanging out in front of the elevators leading to the upper floors before the start of the event, and the atmosphere was very physical. The brawl left food scattered on the floor and broken beer bottles and glasses strewn about. The door to the restaurant was also broken down.
A staff member of the restaurant called 110 and said, “About 100 customers are fighting with each other. When police officers from the Sugamo Police Station of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department arrived on the scene, they found about 10 people injured, including a man in his 20s who was taken to the hospital with a head injury. Most of them, however, fled the scene and were no longer there,” said a reporter from a national newspaper.
Why the Violence Prevention Law cannot be applied
On the day of the incident, there were only customers with reservations, and no staff members were injured. The suspected gang involved in the incident is the semi-gang Chinese Dragon.
The group was founded in the eastern part of Tokyo in the late 1980s, mainly by children and grandchildren of Chinese orphans, and its name became nationally known after the “Urayasu Western Incident” (in which one of the bikers was killed) with a motorcycle gang in a parking lot in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture in 1989. Although the group has frequently caused injuries, it does not have a strong organizational structure like a gang. Because of their status as a “quasi-gang,” they are not subject to the Anti-Boryokudan Law.
The media reported the incident as if it was a trouble at a “Chinese Dragon” meeting, but information is mixed. A source, speaking on condition of anonymity, reveals the cause of the big fight.
The story I heard is a little different. It was a group of delinquents from Kita Ward, Tokyo, who booked the restaurant. There were about 80 people who participated. It was a celebration for the release of a member named A, who completed more than 10 years in prison this August. However, A had been having trouble with “Chinese Dragon.
Hearing about the release celebration at Sunshine, about 10 members of “Chinese Dragon” went to the venue. I am told that at first they talked calmly. However, the bloodthirsty members got into a scuffle with each other, and even the person who came to stop them got involved, leading to a huge brawl in which they hit each other in the head with beer bottles. It is said that more than 100 members of Chinese Dragon were standing by near the restaurant.”
The area around Sunshine, where the disturbance took place, was temporarily in turmoil as dozens of fire trucks and police cars gathered. We asked for an interview at the restaurant where the incident took place, but a chef-like man in a white cooking suit said, “I’m sorry, but we can’t answer any questions. I’m sorry, but I’m not allowed to answer any questions. There is also information that a man who was transported to the hospital with injuries fled from the hospital.
Photographed by： Shinji Hasuo