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Executives gather one after another! Unusual Tension at the Sumiyoshi-kai’s Succession Ceremony

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Top executives gathered one after another at a related facility in Saitama Prefecture.

“About 20 plainclothes investigators from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, Chiba Prefectural Police Department, and Saitama Prefectural Police Department stood by on the premises, and the ritual began in a state of high alert.

On October 20, the Sumiyoshi-kai, the largest designated gang in the Kanto region, held a ceremony to announce the succession of its chairman, Shuji Ogawa, at a related facility in Hidaka City, Saitama Prefecture. On that day, about 50 large one-box cars arrived one after another. As soon as Chairman Ogawa appeared wearing a hakama with a crest, the welcoming members bowed deeply to him.

Just after noon on October 20, Chairman Ogawa appeared outside with a grim expression on his face after the ceremony.

“There were no other groups present, and the event was attended only by his family. More than 100 people, including the former chairman Isao Seki, the top executives, and the head of the organization, gathered at the event.

The ceremony started around 10:00 a.m. and took about two hours to complete. The ceremony started around 10:00 a.m. and lasted about two hours. Ogawa appeared outside the building to see off the participants, but the sight of him surrounded by so many members of the clan was just like the world of the movie “Outrage” itself.

“The possible reason for the new chairman’s appointment is to rejuvenate the organization. As the police tighten their grip on the gangs, I believe that former president Seki decided that a change in personnel was necessary in order to maintain and strengthen relations with other organizations. I think that under Chairman Ogawa’s regime, they will continue to avoid any kind of conflict.

On the other hand, there is a view that a war may break out when the Tokyo Olympics are over and the police authorities loosen their surveillance. And what will be the relationship with the Yamaguchi-gumi VI?

“Satoshi Kosaka, chairman of the Kato Federation of the Kohei family, known for its martial arts prowess, has been appointed acting chairman under Ogawa. It is unclear how the frontline members of the Kohei family, who have a tense relationship with the Inagawa-kai, will react.

On the other hand, the Yamaguchigumi VI has a friendly relationship with the Inagawa-kai. However, in the event of a large-scale conflict between the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi and the Rokudai side, it is not at all clear how they will respond. The current situation is that there are still plenty of sparks left in the fire.

I would like to see the crackdown happen only in chivalrous movies.

A string of black Alphards, presumably occupied by the executives, were sucked into the facility. The scene was breathtaking.
Mr. Kosaka (center), the chairman of the Kato Federation of the Kohei family, is known as a martial artist. He will be a key figure in the future.

From FRIDAY November12, 2021 issue

  • PHOTO Shinji Hamasaki

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