De­liv­ery­man foils Ja­pan mob­sters

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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