Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza boss freed


This isn't just any yakuza boss. Kenichi Shinoda, Japan's top yakuza boss, was released from prison yesterday after having served a sentence for illegal possession of a firearm. Shinoda is the head of the Yamaguchi-gumi, the nation's largest yakuza organization, with around 35,000 members. 

In 2009, a huge police crackdown lead to the disruption of the gang's activities, but not before Shinoda greatly expanded the Yamaguchi-gumi's influence by making deals with other gangs. And while Shinoda may be a gang leader, you kind of have to be in awe of a guy who previously went to jail for killing a "rival" with a samurai sword. You don't mess with that. 

Shinoda is now heading home to Kobe, though I'm sure the arms of the Yamaguchi-gumi are warmly awaiting him. Hit the jump to see news clips from NHK, Fugi TV, and Asahi TV which all covered the release.

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