Yamaguchigumi VI vs. Kobe Yamaguchigumi: The Final Phase of the Divided Yamaguchigumi War Insid Story | FRIDAY DIGITAL

Yamaguchigumi VI vs. Kobe Yamaguchigumi: The Final Phase of the Divided Yamaguchigumi War Insid Story

In the background is "impatience" of Seiji Takayama, the young leader of Yamaguchigumi VI, who is the command tower Various maneuvers were in progress behind the scenes, although the stalemate has continued

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In June 2008, Kiyoshi Takayama visited the Inagawa-kai headquarters in Roppongi, Tokyo. After the release of Kiyoshi Takayama from prison in October 2019, the war moved quickly toward its end.Unlike Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Yamaguchi-gumi’s split war was at a standstill.Under such circumstances, the National Police Agency reported that the Yamaguchi-gumi VI had a total of 8,500 members and associate members as of the end of last year. While the number of members increased by 300 from the previous year, the number of members of Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi decreased by 1,500 to 1,000. 


Only the Yamaguchi-gumi VI has strengthened, but Seiji Takayama, the young leader of the Yamaguchi-gumi VI, who is the command tower of the conflict is somehow in a hurry, an OB of the Aichi Prefectural Police points out.

 Since he is probably aware that the cause of the split was Takayama’s strong-arm politics, there can be no replacement for Yamaguchi-gumi if Takayama does not put an end to the conflict. However, Kunio Inoue, the head of the Kobe Yamaguchigumi, is trying his best to say, ‘Even if I will be the surviving member, the group will not be dissolved and I will not retire’.

 In terms of the ratio of power, the game is already decided. It is clear that Kobe has been defeated, but until Inoue apologizes, Takayama has no choice but to continue the attack.


If Inoue was killed or wounded by the VI gang, it would be the means to end the feud. However, the Hyogo Prefectural Police could not let the gang leader Inoue be killed without a fight. They do not even want to think of moving the center of the Yamaguchigumi to Nagoya City to save face. Therefore, they will firmly surround Inoue and will not allow the 6th Generation to forcefully break through and attack.

If the VI leaders insist on violent elimination, there is even a risk that Wakao Takayama will be charged with abetting a murder. No adventure was allowed in the final stage. Kiyoshi Takayama will have to attack the Inoue clan leader from the rear.

A former police officer continues.

 Osamu Teraoka, a young head of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, has been flying to Kyushu and Sanyo since last year to meet with top leaders of various regions, including Tetsuji Kobayashi of the Dojinkai, Yutaka Nakaoka of the Asano-gumi, and Nozomu Ikezawa of the Kyodo-kai. All of these organizations have been in contact with Inoue and Teraoka for some time, and the theme of their meetings is the end of the schismatic war. The bottom line is how to persuade Inoue to retire and dissolve the organization.

 However, it is difficult for other organizations to just give up since the man launched the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi with a determination to die. Whoever he is, he does not want to lose only to be resented by Inoue. Teraoka’s termination efforts did not go the way Takayama wanted them to, and eventually, in March, the VI side drove a truck into Teraoka’s mistress’s house in Tokushima and also fired bullets into a former affiliate in Nishinomiya City.

Waka-hashira Teraoka’s efforts to end the war did not go smoothly. The next move taken by Wakao Takayama was to expel the Inoue clan leader from Kobe.

This was carried out through Koji Nakata, the leader of the fifth Yamaguchi-gumi clan, who had left the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi and moved to the Yamaguchigumi VI (currently under detention after being indicted for attempted murder and other crimes).

While under detention by the Hyogo Prefectural Police, the Nakata boss was probably ordered by Kiyoshi Takayama through a messenger. He has filed a suit in the Kobe District Court seeking registration of the transfer of ownership of a Sanken-gumi affiliated facility in Hanakuma-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, the home of the Inoue clan leader in Kita-ku, Kobe, and a separate house in Inami-cho, Kako-gun, Hyogo Prefecture.

Since all of these properties are owned and managed by Inoue and his supporters, it is believed that Nakata’s strategy is to strip Inoue and throw him out in the open. Even if the ownership of the property is not transferred to Nakata’s side, he can stop the sale and purchase of the property if the case is pending in court. Since the land and buildings cannot be exchanged for cash, the Kobe Yamaguchigumi side will likely be stuck with money.

It is a strange move. Kiyoshi Takayama may boast that it is not only violence that can be used in a war, but also the head of the group.


Why the theory of changing the Wakatodai has surfaced.

By the way, recently, a piece of information has been circulated that is too far-fetched. It is said that Waka-head Takayama will step down from the position of Waka-head of the Yamaguchigumi VI and pass the baton to Assistant Waka-head Miki Ando (Takenaka clan leader, Himeji). The number three of the Yamaguchigumi VI is already decided to be Shomei Takeuchi (Chairman of Koudoukai, Nagoya). If one dares to look for who will be the next head of Yamaguchigumi VI, it is unanimously agreed that it will be Takeuchi.


To be sure, we asked a person related to the Kōdōkai

 “Without any hesitation, the two people who are currently recognized by Wakao Takayama for their abilities are Masahiro Nouchi (head of the Nouchi clan, head of the Kodokai, Gifu) and Miki Ando. Mr. Shomei Takeuchi has been a bit overshadowed. So I can’t easily say that Mr. Takeuchi is third.”


Come to think of it, there is also this information.

 Miss Takeuchi recently went to Himeji. When Mr. and Mrs. Ando entertained them at a kaiseki restaurant in Uomachi, Himeji, she said, ‘Our people are easily misunderstood. Mr. Ando, please take good care of our people from now on, will you?

However, this is a commonplace, ritualistic remark, and it can be seen as having no deep meaning.

Why in the world did the Ando young boss theory emerge? A Tokyo-based neutral-affiliated clan leader said, “Inoue retired and dissolved the Inoue clan”.

 When Mr. Takayama was pressuring Inoue to retire or disband, he said, “I will step down as young leader in exchange for you stepping down. If Mr. Takayama said, ‘I’m stepping down as young leader instead of you, and Miki Ando will take my place,’ it would be easier for the Inoue clan leader to swallow his retirement proposal. And since Mr. Ando is not a member of the Kodokai, people around him would not say that Kodokai’s control over Yamaguchigumi would continue for three generations, Tsukasa, Takayama, and Takeuchi.

 The Sixth Generation side is overwhelmingly in the lead in the divisional war, and there is no need for them to hold anything back from Inoue, but if they say, “I’m stepping down, too,” it makes it easier for the conversation to come full circle and be settled. If you don’t like the story, after the split is over, Mr. Takayama can be reinstated as a wakagashira or even sit in as the seventh head of the clan. Since the main theme is to end the war, he will do whatever it takes to achieve that goal.

In other words, the Ando wakagashira theory is considered a “guess. No one really believes it, but it may be useful in bringing an end to the conflict.

On the other hand, there are those who believe that this is a more sane measure, and not an intervening measure born out of impatience on the part of Wakao Takayama.

A person involved in the Kobe clan said, “Mr. Ando is a good friend of Inoue Kunio.

 Mr. Ando can meet directly with Kunio Inoue and discuss the matter, but only Mr. Ando can do that. Only Mr. Ando can do that. Masahisa Takenaka, the fourth head of the Takenaka clan who died, and Takeshi Takenaka, the head of the Takenaka clan in Okayama, were both masters of mediation. Masao Sugaya’s retirement, Taro Nakano’s retirement, all were put away by the Takenaka brothers.

 Mr. Ando is, even if only temporarily, carrying on the name of the Takenaka clan. He seems to be aware of it, but he also has a good deal of luck. Such Mr. Ando includes Mr. Inoue as a causal factor in his title as a young head. Originally, the Kobe Yamaguchigumi had a history of trying to revive the Takenaka clan on the Kobe side, not on the Rokudai side. We accept Mr. Ando as an emissary.”

The theory of young head Ando may be a “piece out of a joke” born at the deadlock of the end of the war, but it may have a reality that does not allow for laughing it off.

On March 7, Shinobu Tsukasa appeared at Shinagawa Station. He looked relaxed as he raised his hand to the photographer of this magazine through the window.
Shinobu Tsukasa and Wakao Takayama (photo taken in 2001). The replacement is impossible without putting an end to the war,” said an alumnus of the Aichi Prefectural Police.
Various maneuvers are being carried out around the leader of the Kobe Yamaguchigumi, Kunio Inoue (center), toward the end of the split war.
From the May 6-13, 2022 issue of “FRIDAY
  • Interview and text by Atsushi Mizoguchi

    Nonfiction writer

  • PHOTO Takero Shigumura (1st photo) Shinji Hamasaki (2nd photo)

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