Chinese Gangster’s Jailbreak Humiliates Police


Japanese police have started a major manhunt after a Chinese gangster convicted of attempted cop killing escaped from prison by clambering over the prison’s perimeter fence, which they had conveniently left covered in scaffolding.

The 40-year-old Chinese national was serving a 23 year prison sentence at a Hiroshima prison for attempted murder, interference with official duties and weapons offences, when he successfully escaped.

His current whereabouts are completely unknown.


Police think he easily scaled the exercise yard’s 2.6m high wall, and then cunningly climbed over the scaffolding covering the prison’s single 3-8m high perimeter wall, which was undergoing extensive construction work and evidently not under very thorough supervision.

His escape came to light after guards noticed he was absent from an exercise roll call, and a member of the public reported seeing a figure getting up from the ground outside the prison and fleeing the site, which is in the midst of a residential neighbourhood.

The entire escape took under 10 minutes; police say none of the facility’s cameras managed to record his actual escape as it took place in a blind spot, and there were no cameras at all monitoring the perimeter wall.

98 cameras were being monitored by a single warden, who did not notice anything was amiss until he rechecked the footage after the incident was already over. A single camera recorded someone poking his head out of a man-sized gap between two buildings.

The prison “regrets the fact that we left blind spots in the camera coverage.”

An alarm system was present at the perimeter wall, but it had been turned off whilst construction was ongoing. He simply avoided other alarms in the facility.

He was clad in white prison scrubs when he escaped, but left them at the wall and ran off in his underwear with no money – although as the prison is surrounded by dense housing, obtaining fresh clothing is unlikely to be challenging.


He is believed to be a member of the “Dragons,” a Japanese ethnic Chinese criminal gang with yakuza and pachinko industry connections.

As well as attempted murder and various weapons offences, he is thought to have been behind ¥68,000,000 in thefts from 9 pachinko parlours and post offices from 2004-5.

Hiroshima police have already mobilised 160 officers to hunt for him, although as he looks like virtually every other craggy middle-aged Japanese male they have received a deluge of sightings but no actual useful information.

Police suspect he will be able to receive assistance from his gang, further complicating his recapture.

Local authorities have been driven into a frenzy of panic, with police issuing their highest priority wanted level and 92 local schools ordering all pupils to make their way to and from school in groups, in case he mysteriously decides to attack any children.

Those less crazed with panic at the thought of an evil Chinese monster on the loose have been wondering just how the prison managed to let one of its wards climb over a wall and away, and on a more basic level why they had to situate a prison in the middle of a densely populated residential neighbourhood in the first place.

After police recently turned away an Aum Shinrikyo cultist wanted for years thinking he was joking when he said he wanted to turn himself in, and only days later managed to let a double-murderer kill himself in police custody, the matter of Japanese police incompetence is now almost as pressing as the need to shoot all foreigners:

“Japanese cops are so high level, aren’t they?”

“Why didn’t they have anyone watching their scaffolding? Are they idiots?”

“The warden wasn’t looking and didn’t notice he was gone until roll call. They gave him a way out with the scaffolding. It was all recorded on their cameras but nobody was actually monitoring them. Please just sack them all and stop wasting our taxes on this stuff.”

“If they issued a wanted status for him it means they know they have no chance of catching him.”

“Cops have an average salary of over $100,000…”

“First they turn that guy away, then they let their suspect kill himself, now this. Do your job, you morons!”

“There is no way that guy killed himself.”

“All the foreigners in the area should be banned from going outside. Then they can just shoot any Asian they see on the street!”

“I think Japanese are known globally as being Asians themselves…”

“Chinese and Koreans should be made to wear labels. If they don’t have labels, shoot them!”

“Why are we feeding some Chinese criminal with our taxes? He shouldn’t even be fed pig swill, reduce him to ashes!”

“Foreigners who commit crimes ought to have GPS transmitters surgically embedded into their bodies. As well as all Koreans! They could be spies!”

“He’s only Chinese, shooting him is nothing.”

“This is serious, the media should be updating us on what is happening constantly. Is the reason they aren’t because he is Chinese?”

“Don’t you net right wingers have jobs or something to be doing? This hardly matters.”

“More of you creepy net right wingers discriminating against foreigners. If any foreigners see this, please ignore them. They are just idiots.”

“In other countries the cops are busy trying to destroy their mafia, in Japan the police just want to take over the yakuza’s interests…”

“Hurry up and shoot him!”

“He has like a 6 star wanted level in GTA now.”

“Hopefully the Hiroshima yakuza will find him if asked.”

“Those worthless punks!? They’ll just be frightened of the bad Chinese. Besides, don’t ask for help from a bunch of crazy gangsters.”

“I heard the Yamaguchi control the Hiroshima prisons. He didn’t escape, he was released.”

“There are no Yamaguchi in Hiroshima!”

“Yakuza really are frightened of foreigners though. I saw one trying to look scary in his sunglasses, only to take them off and get worried when he saw a bunch of black guys… no wonder they never fight with overseas mafia.”

“Most of them are Koreans these days though.”

“He’s probably not even in the country any more.”

“He’ll just turn up in Osaka.”

“If he’d just stuck to robbing pachinko parlours I could’ve forgiven him.”

“Arrest the prison governor.”

“Don’t forget to give those construction workers a good talking to… as well as whoever authorised that work.”

“Is all that stuff about him being ex-PLA specops true?”

“That is probably not true…”

“This guy is legendary. He stole a safe from a pachinko parlour in 2005, then beat a cop with a club, fired a gun at him, and later stole a police car and escaped. He ended up with a 23-year sentence, and today he escaped…”

[This is all true, or at least was reported in the Japanese media]

“This is like something from a manga…”

Update: As of Friday, police report they have captured the fugitive in Hiroshima.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    19:11 12/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Even in his mugshot, he's not impressed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:36 12/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Man, I can see that...
    "Really japan, really?"

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:17 12/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You mean his smugshot.

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    Comment by konakona
    23:14 12/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    He's got such a troll face lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:46 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    japan... it's like stealing candy from a baby.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:22 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    he must have watched a lot of Prison Break.. this was a cinch to him

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    Comment by DoubleX31
    18:29 12/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Japanese police incompetent?

    No, they're too busy hunting down men in Japanese neighbourhoods and bullying "alleged" molesters to confess and subsequently suicide.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:55 12/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I still maintain that Japanese officers are better than American officers. I haven't heard stories of Japanese officers killing, tasing or pepper spraying innocent civilians like American cops do.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:08 12/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They might not be as bad as American cops, but they still arrest (and usually even succeed actually getting them convicted) innocent civilians all the same.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:55 12/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Stuff like that only happens in heavily crime populated areas and that's because they're the only place that will hire the worst ones coming out of the academy.

    I'm dead serious about that too. My cousin, who has a bad temper, went through the academy and the only precincts that would hire him are in Philly. He said fuck that and became VP for some bank down there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:03 12/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.5)

    People living under oppressive regimes always tell themselves they are not being oppressed.

    Choice headlines from
    Learning Disabled Woman Being Tortured in San Diego (8th January)
    Officers, Caught on Dash Cam, Planting Drugs (6th January)
    New Trial for Cop Convicted of Using Excessive Force on Mental Disabled Man? (5th January)
    Police Shoot 8th-Grader to Death at School (5th January)
    Tampa Tourist Ends Up Chained Down, Gagged, and Tortured to Death in Jail (4th January)

    Weather you deny it or not, the USA is a police state.

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    Comment by Neferius
    10:49 14/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You americans can kid yourselves all you want, fact of the matter is, as-of 2002 the U.S. oficially became a police-state with the enactment of the "Patriot Act" of the free my arse!

    Comment by Anonymous

    US a police state? Now that's funny.

    Comment by Anonymous

    @23:03 you're a fucking retard

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:57 14/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What about that recent Taiwanese guy in Japan who supposedly 'killed himself' in the back of a police car by stabbing himself in the throat? Are we supposed to believe that the police didn't bother to properly search a stabbing suspect for a knife prior to putting him in the back of their car? Then, the police just claimed that he confessed to them, conveniently wrapping up the case.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:21 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll trust American cops to Japanese cops any day.

    Cops in Japan are always ready to bust your ass for misunderstandings or anything out of the ordinary just because you're a foreigner.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:31 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    you're only killed in a misunderstanding in america if you're black.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:34 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Japanese cop = arrested over a misunderstanding
    American cop = killed over a misunderstanding

    It is worrying how common cops kill people based on poor judgement.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:03 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Most American cops are scumbag psychos.

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    Comment by Imyou
    02:35 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    No, but they are known for only going after criminals they're almost certain to convict, so the conviction rate is higher. If the evidence against you is sorta sketchy, but they know you've committed a crime? You're pretty safe.

    Comment by Anonymous

    "I still maintain that Japanese officers are better than American officers. I haven't heard stories of Japanese officers killing, tasing or pepper spraying innocent civilians like American cops do."

    That's because Japanese civilians are more civilized (in general) compared to their American counterparts. Also keep in mind that American civilians are allowed to have guns, so police officers are much more cautious than they would be in Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:12 12/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    That's not an excuse for Tassing a mentally disabled man who was running to his mother after a cop starts screaming at him. Especially not when the law clearly states that a legal guardian must be present while cops interact witch such people.
    It's also not excuse for pulling a gun and shooting a teenager's dog and the teenager himself even through there was no reason to believe he was armed.
    It's also not excuse to threaten a man to murder him for not stating he has a firearm fast enough, even through he was screamed at to "shut up" multiple times as he was trying to do so.

    These incidents are not made up. You can go read about them on

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:29 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This happens everywhere, all the time. It is just a matter of news broadcasting such things or hiding them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:04 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "That's because Japanese civilians are more civilized (in general) compared to their American counterparts." That's complete bullshit.

    Comment by Anonymous

    If you think most or even a majority of American cops are like this you're a complete and utter moron.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:20 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    no, because japanese prisoners are too polite to escape... -_-

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:50 12/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Achievement unlocked!
    Cleared the tutorial level (Escape Japanese prison)

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:58 12/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    reminds me of that episode of the simpsons where homer was in a jail in japan then he just "walked" out of his cell past the door made of paper.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:40 13/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I'm surprised nobody has just put their prisons in the middle of the desert.

    You "escape", and the guards just follow your tracks in the sand, or maybe find your body beneath the circling buzzards.

    As for the scaffolding over the wall of the Hiroshima prison, this could be due to bribes, or simple, standard, happens-in-all-cultures human screw-up, compounded by cultural issues.

    Part A: Government issues "repair/renovation authorization", notifies prison warden, and dispatches maintenance workers.

    Part B: Warden assumes maintenance workers will repair the wall in a secure manner, because they are workers dispatched by *the government*, from a higher-ranking person than the warden.

    Part C: Workers show up, and just do what they always do. They assume the prison warden has taken steps to secure the prisoners from approaching the wall-under-repair, because he is *the warden*, higher-ranking, etc.

    Part D: Prison guard sees the scaffolding, says to himself, "Oh, shit! I better report this!" Then, he thinks, "Wait. My boss out-ranks me. *Surely* he knows what he is doing. But, if he made a mistake, and I point in out to him, he will be embarrassed and angry at me for pointing this out, and I will never advance in rank, or perhaps even be fired. It will be best for me if I just ignore this, and let someone *else* report it."

    Part E: Multiply Part D times 500 guards and prison officials.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:17 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Relocate them all to Nigeria; where the criminals will feel safer behind bars

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:01 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    everyone should just keep sending them to australia like the british did

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:20 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That episode is banned in Japan for a reason.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:48 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    truth in television.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Thats a little racist BTW. -.-

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:05 13/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I mean I think you're ascribing a little too much depth to the Simpsons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:04 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    How is making fun of paper doors racist?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:18 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's retarded. Let the special children type, and ignore them.

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    Comment by AzureXuchilbara
    04:55 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    *reads the entire article*

    The whole thing sounds like an excellent reference plot for making the next Yakuza game series by SEGA..!

    I am sure this "Yakuza 5" would be an even bigger hit than the "Yakuza: Of the End" spin-off...

    Better pack some Tauriners and Staminan X...

    *clears throat*

    All kidding aside, this shows a very major lax in security in part of the whole police authority, and given the fact that it was a perfect time for any would-be escapee to make a break for it...

    Also, the camera positioning are easy enough to avoid that even a guy in a cardboard box can sneak in and out without a problem...

    What they should do is focus on those two weak points (cameras and building construction) and find a way around them without jeopardizing their security of the prison...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:37 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    2.6m wall? That's not holding anyone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:51 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Precisely. Game achievements these days are so retarded that in some cases you get an achievement just for logging into the game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:45 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha, Modern Warfare 3. Hahahaha! Its so friggin' easy to platinum that game! Like the two '$60 expansion packs' before it -.-

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:22 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    or watching the intro, im looking at you modern warfare 3

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    Comment by nanuchan
    20:12 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    In soviet Russia Humiliated Police Breakjail Chinese gangster.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:50 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    he totally bribed the guards..

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:49 12/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    “I think Japanese are known globally as being Asians themselves…”

    Wait, WFT?! Do the Japanese not think they are Asian?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:20 12/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    That's because, in most Asian countries they never call themselves Asians.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:27 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    "Chinese and Koreans should be made to wear labels. If they don’t have labels, shoot them."

    But all asians look the same. How will they tell the difference?

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    Comment by TC-man
    20:34 12/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    There they go, these Japanese! Didn't they know what Jewish stars are that were use to brand the Jewish people in the 2nd World War? Anyway, to separate these socalled Asians (Chinese or Koreans from the Japanese, these racist commenters want to use "labels"?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:23 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No, they think they are Japanese, while all other Asians are Asian. Sounds like common sense, but they really do believe they are above everyone else.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    16:34 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Good news: Most Japanese probably don't ACTUALLY believe that.

    Bad news: Race mongers, hypernationalists, scum of 2chan probably believes in that for real.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:01 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Japanese believe themselves to be a unique race, but us barbarians know that the yellow peril, be it chinks gooks or nips, is in fact all the same race, culturally and linguistically 100% homogenous.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:33 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Two words: my ass.
    Seriously, stop humiliating yourself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:26 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    'but us barbarian' like anyone believes you are white but keep dreaming.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:38 14/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    >>Wait, WFT?! Do the Japanese not think they are Asian?

    You clearly don't know much about the Japanese ego.

    As Teddy Roosevelt dubbed them, 'the honorary white men'.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:09 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually They don't see them selves as asians since doing the pull back on the eyes to squint is done to mock Koreans. At least here in Kantou Area

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:17 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Indeed. It's highly ironic and hypocritical of the Japanese to somehow think that they aren't Asians. Moreso when you talk about the slant eye remarks...I remember reading a Kotaku article about some Japanese pop stars doing the same thing. I mean are they that stupid to ignore the fact that they use "eye-widening" techniques more often than those in China and Korea?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:03 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yep... go look at comiket pictures from the 80s or 90s they look much more slant eyed than today after make up became standard. Hell even kanjani 8 guy that got double lid surgery joked to his fellow group mate by buying him double eyelid tape as a joke, even guys do it.

    Comment by Anonymous

    They think of themselves being "honorary whites". This is why they are such racists and discriminate against fellow asians like Chinese or Koreans.

    The truth is, they are nothing but rape-monkeys who are excusing their own impotence of being an US bitch and puppet with plain old xenophobia and racism.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:19 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    They think of themselves being "the Great Zhonghua Race". This is why they are such racists and discriminate against fellow asians like Japanese or Koreans.

    The truth is, they are nothing but receiving rape-monkeys who are excusing their own impotence at being fucked over in WWII with plain old nationalist hate and racism.

    See the logic?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:51 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think Anon 21:19 was trying to say both statements are just rascist/ultra-nationalist... But I guess some people do want a war and get off to it thinking they're patriots, huh?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:29 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 02:46
    But no one would be there to see his "cheapshot" after you get carpet nuked in your "retaliation"...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:46 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The great zhonghua race still hasnt retaliated against the japanese. Let's wait with your cheap shot after they are finished with it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:03 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 2:46
    "After THEY are finished with it"?
    What a pathetic little coward.
    One suggestion for ya: you want "retaliation", at least scrape up the balls to go to japan and stab your japs personally, and quit gibbering on the internets like some faggot patriot wannabe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:09 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not rape if they're not human. [The victims, that is.]

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:26 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @19:10 Who is they? So you personally know how ""they"" think of themselves? The one clearly showing xenophobia and racism here is you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:55 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    How long have you been living in your mom's basement? Anon 19:10 may not have worded it in an more intellectual manner but he/she isn't neccessarily wrong.

    I won't say every Japanese is xenophobic and racist. But if you believe for a second that xenophobia and racism hasn't a tight grip on Japan. You are sorely mistaken. There are plenty of blogs, vlogs, studies and internationl surveys that have pointed out that racism is still very lively in Japan.

    I may not have personally been to Japan, but I do have Japanese friends who had studied over here in the UK and they even say that Japan is highly xenophobic and has nothing to combat racial discrimination like in most of the developed world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:45 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with Anon 19:10's first paragraph. The last few lines, no. Japan was xenophobic long before WWII and subsequent occupation, mostly due to it being an isolated island nation with limited contact with the western world, which also goes for Korea but not so much with China. Xenophobia also does not amount to rascism, which I feel is less pronounced in Japan than in Korea or China. Also the general public in Japan tend to at least not openly voice out opinions on outward hostility against neighboring nations, where the Chinese display a much stronger tendency.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:29 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, how could you possibly think of one's countrymen as "rape-monkeys" and "US bitches" and still have friends from that country telling you about themselves?

    Friendship China-Style?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:24 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Clearly Anon 21:29 can't differentiate Anons from each other...Not to mention that I am criticizing 19:10 last prose. But the fact that you chimed in with "China-Style" at end has me assume you are trying to troll. Otherwise you can't be that dense to not notice my criticism of Anon 19:10 choice of words.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:38 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 22:24
    Sorry I couldn't tell you were separate persons or that you were trying to criticize your countryman. You all sound the same when you're raving on about all that "Japs have been and always will be rapist swine and need to be put down", but I guess I should've detected your more intellectual tone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:08 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's getting the 'honorary white' thing from old United States history. Back then Chinese men worked to make the railroads, and japanese were literally labled as 'honorary whites' due to politics.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:24 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    not really, Jap imigrants weren't even allowed to own land til after WWII.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:17 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    'They think of themselves being "honorary whites". '

    No, the Japanese think of the whites as "honorary humans," as opposed to Japanese, who are the real humans.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:11 13/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    What of black people then? I mean, I've seen black... and then I've seen the DARKNESS~~~

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:07 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    no, whites because there's enough bastard children composed of GI sperm to change their entire lineage.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:18 12/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Doesn't that make the present day chinaman a cumfest cocktail of most countries on the planet?

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