Cops Gun Down Yakuza in Car Chase


A car chase has ended with police shooting dead the car’s yakuza driver after he repeatedly attempted to ram his way past police.

The incident began in the early hours of the morning, when two police officers spotted a “suspicious” car at an Osaka restaurant parking lot and approached it to question the occupants.

Rather than be questioned, the driver drove off through a fence, and police promptly gave chase.


Police finally managed to stop the car at an intersection 20 minutes later after a 15km pursuit, and disembarked to effect an arrest, but the yakuza repeatedly rammed the patrol car in an effort to escape, prompting police to open fire.

Police fired several warning shots into the vehicle’s tires, but these were apparently ignored and police proceeded to fire repeatedly into the driver’s side, hitting him once in the chest.


The mortally wounded driver, identified as a member of the Yamaguchi syndicate, was arrested on charges of attempted murder and interfering with official duties, but died shortly after being taken to hospital.

His companion, an unemployed 47-year-old man, was uninjured and arrested on charges of interfering with official duties, but maintains he “was just sat next to” the dead gangster.

Police maintain their use of deadly force was appropriate due to “the driver’s repeated traffic infractions and ramming of a police vehicle, and the fear he might endanger the public.”

Japanese police are generally highly reluctant to even brandish their weapons (and face potentially career-ending censure if they do so inappropriately), let alone open fire, so their decision to open fire on a vehicle is unusual in the extreme.

No explanation has so far been offered as to why the yakuza’s man was so eager to avoid police, but police suspected his vehicle may have been used in a spate of local thefts from vehicles and recovered a suspect tool from the car.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    18:17 05/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Hold on... I smell bullshit.

    15km in 20 minutes is a speed of only 45km/h (28 miles per hour). Ya fuckin' call that a "high-speed chase"?!

    Charging the passenger with "interfering with official duties" is more bullshit.

    As other posters have implied, we're not getting much truth from this story.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:07 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    or it's 15km from start to destination and not the amount actually driven (which may include many curves and turns in a city especially trying to avoid being captured along with traffic)...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:45 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    good catch. "Policeman A leaves Osaka Denny's lot on road following punch-permed ne'er-do-well with and angular velocity of 12.5 m/sec. Policeman has seen 47 of 52 TV episodes of 'You're Under Arrest', while criminal has seen zero episodes of 'Initial-D'. Solve for X'

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:42 07/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where did it say high speed?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:42 07/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where did it say high speed?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:42 07/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where did it say high speed?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:55 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe the speed limit there was 2km/h? xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:11 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe they got stuck in a 100Km/h roundabout... This is japanese police we're talking about here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:41 05/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Thefts from cars?

    I thought the yakuza syndicates would somehow be above this sort of petty crime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:46 06/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    They are criminals, they'll do anything as long as there is money in it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:20 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Obviously the top dogs don't do that kind of stuff, but the small fry? They'll do whatever. They're just like normal criminals.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:58 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @19:41 Yeah, that's typically the thought process of a raging, effeminate oriental queerfag crossdresser.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:56 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    As a red-blooded male of Japanese descent, honestly I was getting.....depressed. Yaks turning into second-rate Pachinko hustlers? Pimps that cater to tourists? That's fucking gay.


    Well done, Yakuza. You're not a bunch of effeminate oriental pussies.

    Can't say the same for the rest of Japan/Korea/China.

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    Comment by Cirno Cancer
    18:12 05/06/2012 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Wait wait wait... Japanese cops have Guns?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:19 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If this was America, 100 rounds would have been fired.

    Look it up... at 1 man, police fired 90 rounds!

    Imperial Stormtrooper trained?

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    Comment by Mauvais
    19:29 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Near as I can tell, standard procedure in our parts is to immobilize a driver by pinning their vehicle with police cars on every side. This incident strikes me as sloppy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:27 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    why didn't they use gun when that guy chopped off that police officers finger....really questionable times to use their firearms..

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:30 05/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, even in countries like England where you mostly think cops are not armed, it's only the bobbies(the ones with the funny helmets, not sure if I got that right) that do not wear firearms...

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    Comment by Dia
    21:39 05/06/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Why would they chase him? It'd be so much easier just to apologize for letting him escape.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:51 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not if he kills some passerby along the way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:02 05/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Honestly, no one is suggesting that it might be the case that some other yakuza syndicate hired police to finish off that man?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:05 05/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    possible, but yakuza usually try to do it themselves. Much better PR that way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:42 05/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    not if its someone in your own gang...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:19 05/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Yakuza aren't a monolithic group, there's 3 big ones the yamaguchi, sumiyoshi and inagawa and a bunch of smaller ones.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:42 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    you read manga too much

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:35 05/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Doesn't they have some sort of code that they kill the guys themselves? But of course if one of the yakuzas want to eliminate another guy in his own group it would make sense...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:19 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "Police fired several warning shots into the vehicle’s tires....." Awesome way to prevent the car from mov

    ".....but these were apparently ignored" wait, what?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:47 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can keep driving with flat tires, I wouldn't recommend it though.

    The German dude

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:31 05/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well, considering the fact that he attempted to run them over, I think it was justified. They didn't even try to kill him with the first shots.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:21 07/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The article didn't say anything about him trying to run them over. Actually if they fired into "the side of the vehicle" they must have been standing at the side of the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

    The use of Deadly force is only used as a last resort of an officer protecting themselves. Ignoring warning shots is not a good reason to shoot-to-kill.

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    Comment by Pyrus
    17:55 05/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    We all know what really happened: Someone forgot their routine bribe money to the police for turning a blind eye to shady practices and the police kept a lookout for them.
    Police: "Where's our money!?"
    Yakuza: "But we've paid you already, didn't we?"
    Police: "Don't hand me that s**t! Where's our money m*****f*****!!?" *Starts pulling out guns.*
    Yakuza: "Oh s**t!!!" *Starts trying to drive away -- fast!*
    The rest is news.

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    Comment by Pyrus
    18:56 05/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now we know why What's-His-Name is trying to crack down on civil workers & "ordinary" citizens wearing tattoos. He's trying to fix it so that the police have no trouble identifying & shaking down the "criminal element". We wouldn't want the police "accidentally" shooting an honest citizen because of a decorative tattoo, or having Yakuza spies & fugitives hiding out amoung similarly tattooed civil servants.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:07 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Police finally managed to stop the car at an intersection 20 minutes later after a 15km pursuit, and disembarked to effect an arrest,"

    At this point, the police are out of their patrol car (they had 'disembarked')...

    "but the yakuza repeatedly rammed the patrol car in an effort to escape, prompting police to open fire."

    Now, the suspected Yakuza - there's only one driver - is ramming an empty patrol car in an attempt to escape.

    "Police maintain their use of deadly force was appropriate due to “the driver’s repeated traffic infractions and ramming of a police vehicle, and the fear he might endanger the public.”"

    Oooh, 'repeated traffic infractions', we'd better cap his ass. Likewise with 'fear he might endanger the public'.

    I'm afraid Krusty the Klown 'might endanger the public', but that doesn't mean I can legally shoot him.

    Apparently, the police could not be bothered to set up roadblocks with spike-strips to disable the suspects' vehicle. Or (once the cops are in shooting mode) shoot the suspects' OTHER two tires, or the radiator, or put a teargas round into the vehicle, or anything else non-lethal.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:48 05/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was expecting some "they played too much GTA" comments.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:00 05/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    nah GTA's softcore. Try real life in detroit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:32 05/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You obviously haven't seen The Wire Season 1 atleast.

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    Comment by oniichan
    07:09 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd love to see Katana wielding Japanese Police. I think that would be very intimidating. Guns are for pussies. Swords (not knives) are for real men.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:48 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And they should like jump over cars and cut them in halves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:03 05/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    maybe that's a PR stunt for a secret promotion of Yakuza 5

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:14 07/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why the police didn't just shoot the tire for stopping the car instead wasting bullet for shooting the man inside.

    for me the police is still amateur and reckless for handle this kind of situation.

    And the way police did, will also endangered hi/her surrounding.

    what if there were another car and suddenly the bullet wounded one of civilian??

    sorry for bad english......

    i Hope Japanese police not doing something like this recklessly

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:27 05/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Finally has jap police begun to grow some balls and tackle the criminals themselves?

    Put some lead into them, maybe with a grenade to make double sure. Step up your game!

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    Comment by Erranty
    15:40 05/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Maybe, but to call a car suspicious... Unless that was exactly was a reported vehicle looked like they couldn't really say that.

    But hey, its Osaka, they don't believe in human rights. They can strip search government employees and fire them for having tattoos.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:24 05/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You say that, but that's judging these cops by the city. Looks to me like they followed procedure well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:27 05/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    12:48 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    im curious how do people even input symbols with a computer?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:47 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ Anon 12:48:
    If you're using MS Windows, look up "IME" (Input Method Editor) and read on how to set it up for your desired languages.

    If you're on OS X, it's built-in, check your docs.

    If you're on Linux, look up "SCIM" for how-tos.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:33 05/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yup he was wanted for attempted murder so this seems about right

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:17 10/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    there still somethings like this? i thought nowdays criminal on modern country are largely like corporation. they choose profit not fighting.

    on today news who want to be a hero without big salary? result are less then 10%

    so who want to be criminal without money? result are less then 1%

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:14 27/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    nowdays they have to find some clowns to show that police is doing something. To make people believe that everything is OK in that system. Everything else in criminal world is going quietly and legally.Taxes, bribes, banking business , politics and so on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:35 13/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    That's fucking awesome!

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    15:36 05/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's a clear reason why I want to live in Japan..

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