Japan 'yakuza' forms new group amid fears of gang war

Thousands of Japanese "yakuza" mobsters have officially formed a new group after splitting off from the country's largest organised crime syndicate, raising concerns for possible inter-gang conflicts, reports said today.

Man in biggest Japanese crime syndicate sentenced to 6 years in prison

The No 2 man in Japan`s biggest crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi, was sentenced to six years in prison for having extorted 40 million yen (USD 420,000) from a construction business operator.