Crime-bust­ing de­liv­ery­man foils Ja­pan mob­sters

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s ... De­liv­ery­man! A mys­tery crime-fight­ing su­per­hero is strik­ing fear into the hearts of Ja­pan’s crim­i­nals af­ter bravely foil­ing an ‘armed’ hold-up by a pair of yakuza gang­sters, lo­cal me­dia re­ported. When the mob­sters waved a replica gun in the face of the 38year-old courier in an at­tempt to steal a lux­ury watch, they got more than they bar­gained for. The in­trepid de­liv­ery­man-whose true iden­tity, in the best su­per­hero tra­di­tion, re­mains un­known­snatched the fake weapon and forcibly took back the pack­age, ac­cord­ing to Tokyo po­lice.

Sus­pects Yusuke Ko­dama, 32, and Hidekazu Oba, 35, both gang mem­bers from the Mat­suba-kai crime syn­di­cate, were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of at­tempted ex­tor­tion, the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Depart­ment said. Oba had or­dered an $8,000 Rolex wrist­watch but when the beefy de­liv­ery­man ar­rived and handed it over the two mob­sters staged a fight to avoid pay­ing up, telling the courier: “You had bet­ter get out of here.”

Rather then flee in ter­ror, how­ever, the de­liv­ery­man over­pow­ered them be­fore call­ing the po­lice. A po­lice spokesper­son con­firmed that Oba had con­fessed to the crime, say­ing: “The de­liv­ery­man was too tough, we were no match for him.”Ja­pan’s yakuza, who are no­to­ri­ous for their strict codes of con­duct, are fac­ing in­creased re­sis­tance from not only po­lice but or­di­nary cit­i­zens, who are un­der pres­sure to shun the mobs or be named and shamed.

In re­cent years, laws have been passed to put the squeeze on firms who do busi­ness with the yakuza, famous for re­mov­ing their own pinkies as a sac­ri­fice for of­fend­ing their bosses. Tougher anti­gang laws and years of eco­nomic stag­na­tion have seen the num­ber of ac­tive mob­sters drop to around 53,000, from 80,000 in 2009, ac­cord­ing to the na­tional po­lice agency.

The yakuza, who are not out­lawed but reg­u­lated and mon­i­tored, de­pend largely on drug traf­fick­ing, loan shark­ing and pro­tec­tion rack­ets for their in­come, although they also run le­git­i­mate en­ter­prises.— AFP

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