Yakuza bodyguard shot dead in Kobe
tokyoreporter.com -- Sep 13
Hyogo Prefectural Police have launched a manhunt after a shooting incident in Kobe left a man believed to be a bodyguard of the boss of a rival gang to the Yamaguchi-gumi dead, likely the result of a yakuza feud, reports NHK

At just past 10:00 a.m., a vehicle containing Yuhiro Kusumoto, a 44-year-old member of the Ninkyo Yamaguchi-gumi, was ambushed by a gunman on a road in Nagata Ward.

The bodyguard was struck by at least one bullet in the head. He was later confirmed dead about hour later at a nearby hospital, police said.

The alleged shooter fled the scene after the incident. Believed to be in his 40s or 50s, his whereabouts are sought by police.

Police believe the incident is the result of a gang feud that dates back to 2015, when the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi formed after the split of the Yamaguchi-gumi.

Splinter group

In April, several gangs left the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi due to dissatisfaction with internal operations on the part of upper-level management. The dissenting gangs subsequently formed the Ninkyo Dantai Yamaguchi-gumi (whose name has since been shorted to not include "Dantai"). The gang is headed by Yoshinori Oda.

The incident on Tuesday took place after three vehicles carrying members of the Ninkyo Yamaguchi-gumi exited the residence of Oda. A fourth vehicle containing the alleged shooter then blocked the path of the convoy.

According to an eyewitness, at least two shots were heard. It is believed that Oda, who was inside one of the first three vehicles, was the real target of the shooting, police said.

神戸市で暴力団関係者の男性が拳銃で撃たれて死亡した事件で、男性は「任侠山口組」の代表のボディーガード役だった可能性があることが分かりました。 12日に神戸市内の路上で、任侠山口組関係者の楠本勇裕さん(44)が男に頭を拳銃で撃たれて死亡しました。
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