Okayama cops: Yakuza gunned down in parking lot

At just before 10:00 a.m., emergency services received a call about a man collapsed in a parking lot of an apartment building, located in the Toyonari area of Minami Ward.

Police arriving at the scene found Tadashi Takagi, a 55-year-old executive in the Ikeda-gumi, an affiliate gang of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, in an unconscious state and with wounds to his chest, according to the Sanyo Shimbun (May 31). He was transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition. He was confirmed dead about one hour later.

A man working for a company in the area told NHK that he heard four blasts that sounded like gunfire. Police are investigating the case as attempted murder, and are looking into reports that a motorcycle sped away after the sounds were heard.

Last year, 13 gangs defected from within the Yamaguchi-gumi to form the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi as a rival syndicate. Since then, a number of shooting and car-ramming incidents involving the two gangs have taken place across the nation.

Okayama Prefectural Police are investigating a shooting incident outside an apartment in Okayama City that left an organized crime member dead, reports NHK (May 31). (Tokyo Reporter)

Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a 43-year-old man who is alleged to have pushed his girlfriend into Yokohama Bay, reports TV Asahi (May 31). (Tokyo Reporter)

Japan put its military on alert on Monday for a possible North Korean ballistic missile launch, ordering naval destroyers and anti-ballistic missile Patriot batteries to be ready to shoot down any projectile heading for Japan. (Japan Today)

Japanese searchers scoured thick forest Monday, looking for a seven-year-old boy whose parents left him in mountain woods as a punishment, in a case that has infuriated the public. (Japan Today)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to delay the planned consumption tax hike for 2-and-a-half years. But he vowed not to dissolve the Lower House for a snap election. (NHK)

Defense Minister Gen Nakatani announced Monday that the Self-Defense Forces will be pulled out of Kumamoto Prefecture, 1½ months after the area was hit by strong earthquakes. (Japan Times)

The number of flights from Taiwan to Japan has surged, with the weekly figure totaling 727 this month, up by more than 40 percent from a year earlier, according to the Civil Aeronautics Administration. (taipeitimes.com)

A panel of experts at Japan’s education ministry has proposed setting up hub schools where special instructors would offer classes in easy-to-understand Japanese. (NHK)

Japanese public prosecutors have questioned former economic and fiscal policy minister Akira Amari on a voluntary basis in connection with a political funding scandal involving him and a former secretary to him, informed sources said Monday. (Jiji Press)

Culture Convenience Club (CCC), a Japanese retail and lifestyle company, has partnered with Airbnb for an ongoing marketing initiative to raise understanding of the Airbnb brand and home sharing in the market. (campaignasia.com)

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