Decades Needed for Investigation Personnel – Revealing 13 Wanted Criminals Beyond Kirishima Suspect | FRIDAY DIGITAL

Decades Needed for Investigation Personnel – Revealing 13 Wanted Criminals Beyond Kirishima Suspect

Some suspects are rewarded up to 8 million yen for promising information.

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Suspect Satoshi Kirishima, charged with violation of explosives control laws, reportedly did not possess health insurance and received treatment at hospitals through self-pay. Additionally, he did not own a mobile phone and watched television only at his workplace.

On the morning of January 29th, a man claiming to be Satoru Kirishima, a member of the “East Asia Anti-Japan Armed Front” who has been wanted in connection with a series of bombings in the 1970s, passed away. This man, who had been living and working at a construction firm in Fujisawa City, was suffering from stomach cancer. He had been admitted to a hospital in Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, under the name “Hiroshi Uchida.” However, on January 25th, he confessed that he wanted to die under his real name.

“To be honest, it was a surprise to us as well. We only started moving after receiving notification from the Kanagawa Prefectural Police. In the future, documents will likely be submitted naming the deceased man as the suspect Satoru Kirishima, and the prosecution will handle it as a case of non-prosecution due to the death of the suspect.”  (Tokyo Metropolitan Police Public Security Bureau official)

Currently, in addition to suspect Kirishima, there are 13 other important fugitives wanted in Japan, including the mastermind of the “Roppongi Club Assault Case” in 2012, suspect Shinichi Mitate (44, reward of 6 million yen).

“Arresting wanted criminals, especially those on the level of important fugitives, is extremely difficult unless they come forward themselves or inadvertently hint at their own crimes. It’s physically impossible to allocate personnel for decades to continue chasing fugitives. Instead, we update arrest warrants monthly and conduct investigations into multiple suspects simultaneously with specialized teams.”  (Same Source)

The most wanted criminals listed below may be living quietly in your neighborhood under a false name.

The hospital in Kamakura City where the man claiming to be suspect Kirishima was hospitalized. Due to the refusal of relatives to claim the body, it seems he will be treated as an unattended death.
Lynn Shou Yi (50) – Reward: 3 million yen – “Robbery Homicide” – In October 1999, Lin Shouwei was discovered committing fraud at a pachinko parlor in Nagoya City and fled. He fatally stabbed an employee who pursued him with a knife-like object.
Mitate Shinichi (44) – Reward: 6 million yen – “Murder, Preparation and Assembly of Weapons” – In September 2012, Mitate Shinichi led a group into a club in Roppongi, Tokyo, where they surrounded a male patron and fatally beat him with metal bats. He is the principal offender in this case.
Keiei Uechi (67) – Reward: 3 million yen – “Murder” – In November 2005, Keiei Uechi fatally stabbed his cohabiting partner, a 53-year-old man who served as the deputy manager of an izakaya (Japanese pub) in Mitaka City, Tokyo. He then fled after robbing cash from the scene’s apartment.
Yudai Miyauchi (48) – “Robbery causing injury” – In February 2013, Miyauchi broke into a residence in Yamanashi City, stole cash, and injured a resident by assaulting them. He was arrested but escaped while being transported to another location.
Sei Ochi (71) – “Murder” – In February to March 2006, Sei Ochi killed his wife, with whom he lived in Neyagawa City, Osaka Prefecture. After dismembering the body, he sold his wife’s belongings and fled. There are also theories suggesting that he might be deceased.
Tsuyoshi Yoshiya (46) – “Murder” – In June 1999, following a dispute between motorcycle gangs, Yoshiya and a group of over a dozen others attacked two men. One of the victims, a 19-year-old male, was fatally stabbed during the assault.
Shigeyuki Kim (55) – “Attempted Murder” – In September 2020, in the parking lot of a store in Kamiina District, Nagano Prefecture, Kane is suspected of shooting and injuring another man who is also affiliated with the same organized crime group.
Katsuyuki Obara (44) – “Murder” – In July 2008, Kohara murdered a 17-year-old girl and disposed of her body in the mountainous area of Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture. Following the incident, he staged his own suicide and fled.
Hirofumi Kogure (54) – “Murder” – In January 1998, Kogure is suspected of killing a man who ran an electrical contracting business, his wife, and the man’s mother. He had been stalking the man’s eldest daughter.
Yoichi Hatta (27) – Reward: 8 million yen – “Violation of the Road Traffic Act” – Wanted in connection with a hit-and-run incident in Beppu City, Oita Prefecture, in June 2022, which resulted in the death and injury of university students. There have been over 3000 reported sightings of him.
Ri Kai (60) – “Robbery causing injury” – In December 2000, Ri Kai broke into the residence of a dentist in Tokyo, where he tied up two women and physically assaulted them. He then robbed them of cash, precious metals, and other valuables before fleeing.
Tatsumi Hishikawa (47) – “Murder, Violation of the Firearms and Swords Control Law” – In September 2017, Hishikawa is suspected of being dispatched from the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi and shooting a member of the “Kizuna-kai” yakuza group. He is believed to be a hitman associated with the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi faction.
Takeo Matayoshi (74) – “Murder” – In November 1990, Matayoshi mistakenly shot and killed two police officers, believing them to be members of a rival organization. He is believed to have a serious illness and is likely deceased.From “FRIDAY,” February 16, 2024 issue.

From “FRIDAY,” February 16, 2024 issue.

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