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Shots fired into Akasaka office building

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Police in Tokyo's Minato Ward are investigating reports of gunfire in the streets early Sunday morning.

According to police, residents of Akasaka contacted emergency services at around 2.40 a.m. on Sunday to report that multiple gunshots had been heard in the area.

TBS reported Monday that police searched the neighborhood and found the glass entrance to an office building had been shattered. Two bullet holes were found in a wall behind the first floor reception area. Police believe the shots were fired through the glass into the building, which contains offices rented by multiple companies, from the street outside.

No injuries were reported in connection with the incident.

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Yakuza idiots, police really need to just arrest these people, it's like they don't arrest them because they want to defend their budgets

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This is strange. Why shoot and break a window and leave evidence, ballistic evidence, in the wall? Maybe they were shooting for somebody else but missed. It is rare in Japan to find people that have a gun, but people do have guns in Japan. There are places where people that have license can buy a gun for hunting.

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Guess there'll be a large cash withdrawal today.

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Looks like someone forgot to pay their protection money...

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Warning shots?

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TheDevilsAssistantOct. 07, 2013 - 05:00PM JST Warning shots?

Probably not. Sounds more like a gang war like they have in Nagasaki, but let's hope not. It's hard to buy guns legally. Foreign gangs are much more liberal in their display of weapons than the locals, and many firearms have been found to have been modified airsoft weapons.

Besides, if you have gunsmith training, it's not really a problem to manufacture weapons in a country full of metal workshops.

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So, we have street mugging a in urayasu and now drive-by shootings in Akasaka. Is this Tokyo or Sydney?

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Used to be a fairly common occurrence in Akasaka back in the bad old bubble days. The place is still pretty thick with now-more-desperate-than-ever jiageya types (you know the ones, the only guys who still carry a "second bag," usually in crocodile, usually with a lock on it).

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It is also strange that everyone always says, "yakuza!!" When it comes to anything in Japan involving a gun... My point is simple, other people can acquire a gun, however it seems fare to say that perhaps in most cases the YAKUZA is most likely involved either directly or indirectly

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Akasaka was the place a few years ago where the shops and residents came together to prevent Yakuza from living or running businesses in their neighborhood.

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"… and many firearms have been found to have been modified airsoft weapons."

Magnus, I'd like to see your source for this statement. Not saying it isn't true, just would like to see evidence.

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however it seems fare to say that perhaps in most cases the YAKUZA is most likely involved either directly or indirectly

LoL! Well then, that's why everyone first says "yakuza"

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I had read articles before about people who specialize in underground gun manufacturing. It's interesting to read about. Glad it was too early for people to be in the offices though, I hope there's more to report about this later on but I get the feeling we wont be hearing anymore.

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JeanValJeanOct. 07, 2013 - 10:17PM JST "… and many firearms have been found to have been modified airsoft weapons." Magnus, I'd like to see your source for this statement. Not saying it isn't true, just would like to see evidence.

http://www.guncite.com/journals/dkjgc.html

It's mentioned in passing and the sources are old, but still.. A weapon like that would almost certainly be single shot, fragile, inaccurate and troublesome to reload though, not a grand choice for a driveby shooting. (And probably wouldn't penetrate tempered glass doors and lodge themselves in a wall) So I think it was likely the real thing.

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