Japan’s infamous Yakuza crime syndicate has split, resulting in a rapid increase in gang warfare across the East Asian country.
According to news outlet RT, ten of Japan’s 47 prefectures have been hit hard by the increasing criminal tensions, with police registering a staggering 17 fights between gang members in the span of only three days.
Taro Kono, chairman of the National Public Safety Commission, warned that “the situation is exceptionally serious.” Fortunately, there have been no reports of regular citizens being caught in the crossfire, at least not yet.
The divide in the Yamaguchi-gumi Yakuza in 2015 saw the organization’s numbers decrease from 23,400 to 14,100. A reported 6,100 of the departed members formed the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, which is now operating in 36 prefectures.
Experts believe these crime syndicates are associated with a wide variety of activities, including drugs distribution, prostitution, arms dealing, gambling, financial fraud, and ultra-nationalism, all hidden under the guise of private businesses that are difficult to monitor.
It’s not every day that Japan is in the new. Let’s hope no one innocent gets hurt.