Just after 3:00 p.m. on June 2, plainclothes police officers in suits were standing guard around the Yaesu Chuo Exit of Tokyo Station. Some of them appeared to be young gang members carrying briefcases that appeared to contain steel plates.
A little before 4:00 p.m., a man came out of the station, surrounded by built men. He was Tsukasa Shinobu, head of the Yamaguchi Gumi VI. Tsukasa was dressed in a gray suit, black tie, and sunglasses. Why did Tsukasa appear at Tokyo Station?
On that day, the funeral of Isao Seki, the head of the Sumiyoshikai, who passed away at the age of 76, was held in Tomisato City, Chiba Prefecture. It is believed that he took the Shinkansen to Tokyo to go there.
On the evening of that day, the headquarters of the Kyowa Family in Tomisato City, Chiba Prefecture, was crowded with many gang members. Since the Kyowa Family is Seki’s home organization, it appears that the funeral was held there. Around 7:30 p.m., a car carrying Tsukasa arrived there. However, Mr. Tsukasa entered the funeral hall, came out immediately, got into the car, and drove away. He stayed there for only about 10 minutes.
The war surrounding the Yamaguchigumi has intensified again: on June 6, a member of the Yamaguchigumi VI drove into the office of the Kobe Yamaguchigumi several times in Saga Prefecture; on June 5, an attack took place in which more than 10 bullets were fired into the home of Kunio Inoue, the head of the Kobe Yamaguchigumi. Tomohiko Suzuki, a nonfiction writer familiar with the gang situation, said, “There will be more attacks intermittently in the future.”
Tomohiko Suzuki, a nonfiction writer who is familiar with the gang situation, said, “We can expect more attacks to occur intermittently in the future. The fact that Tsukasa spent only about 10 minutes at the funeral of the Sumiyoshikai may be due to the strong pressure exerted by the police on gang funerals in recent years. However, the reason why Tsukasa still came to Tokyo is probably because he wants to maintain friendly relations with Sumiyoshi-kai as the war continues in the future.”
The frequency of attacks is undoubtedly increasing. The day when it rains blood may be sooner than later.
From “FRIDAY” June 24 and July 1, 2022
PHOTO.： Shinji Hamasaki