Police say Japan's largest yakuza gang, the Yamaguchi-gumi, may be on the verge of splitting up.
After rumors that the Yamaguchi-gumi, which is headquartered in Kobe, would be disbanding, information has now surfaced that a new clan will likely be be formed in Kobe City by a number of small sub-groups of former Yamaguchi-gumi members.
Top members of the gang gathered in Kobe on Friday to discuss the future of the syndicate, Japanese media reported.
The Yamaguchi-gumi is said to have about 23,000 members and 1,100 affiliated groups, according to the National Police Agency (NPA). The current leader is Shinobu Tsukasa.
The last time there was a split in the group was in 1985 and that was followed by nearly 300 shootings in the ensuing months.© Japan Today