Crime-busting deliveryman thwarts gangsters
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 38-yearold 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, 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.
Mr Oba had ordered an US$8000 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.
Japan’s yakuza, who are notorious for their strict codes of conduct, are facing increased resistance from not only police but ordinary citizens.
Laws have been passed to charge those doing business with the yakuza, famous for removing their pinkies as a sacrifice for offending their bosses.