Good morning everyone,

The weather today isn't looking too good. Well, this morning and early afternoon might be ok, but they are now calling for a chance of rain tonight and tomorrow. I suppose the good news (for me) is that they are now saying it's going to be nice on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday are looking cloudy and overcast with a chance of rain on Wednesday.

It looks like the crime rate in Japan is about to go up. The Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan's largest yakuza organization, is splitting up. The last time the gang broke up was in 1985 and led to over 300 shootings and 29 murders in the years after the break up.
Japanese police fear a bloody gang war could erupt following the breakup of the Yamaguchi-gumi, the nation's largest organized crime syndicate. According to police sources, the Yamaguchi-gumi, in a meeting on Aug. 27, severed ties with 13 affiliated groups that did not send representatives to the talks or had indicated they wanted out. The reason behind this? Well, these things are never simple, but basically Shinoda, who is better known as Shinobu Tsukasa, has indicated that he wants to move the Yamaguchi-gumi headquarters from Kobe to Nagoya. Shinobu Tsukasa, the 73-year-old leader of the Yamaguchi-gumi, began his criminal career in the Kodo-kai, based in Nagoya-I guess the yakuza are no different from the rest of us, when we get older, we want to return to our roots.
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I've always thought that Japanese yakuza were hard to recognize these days, but this guy looks exactly how I'd imagine a yakuza don to look...

The Yamaguchi-gumi had 72 directly affiliated gang leaders who headed their own crime groups. Among those banished from the Yamaguchi-gumi are some of the largest and oldest in the organization. They include the Yamaken-gumi, which has about 2,000 members, the Takumi-gumi and the Kyoyu-kai. All three groups have headquarters in the Kansai region. The Kansai-based gangs strongly opposed Shinoda's plan, and their leaders skipped the Aug. 27 meeting. They were formally kicked out of the Yamaguchi-gumi.

Those gangs plan to organize their own group using the Yamaguchi-gumi name while any remaining gangs in the Kansai area who support Tsukasa will be known as the 'Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi'.

Are there many gang members in Hiroshima? I wonder if the fallout will spread to other areas, or if the fighting will be mostly in the Kansai area? What do you think? Is it possible to order a bullet-proof vest from Amazon? Ha ha!

Have a great day!

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