Deliveryman foils Japan mobsters
TOKYO: 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, media reported.
When the mobsters waved a replica gun in the face of the 38-year-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 unknown – snatched the fake weapon and forcibly took back the package.
Suspects Yusuke Kodama, 32, and Hidekazu Oba, 35, both gang members from the Matsuba-kai crime syndicate, were arrested.
Oba had ordered a US$8,000 (RM33,000) Rolex watch but when the beefy deliveryman arrived, the two mobsters staged a fight to avoid paying up.
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. – AFP