The godfather of Japan’s most famous Yakuza clan was sentenced to death yesterday in the country’s first death sentence case against a gang leader.
The unprecedented death sentence and three assaults were also controversial because Satoru Nomura, 74, a Kudo-kai leader in Kita Kyushu, Fukuoka, did not directly implement it. The crimes were committed by members of his gang, which prosecutors said must have been on Nomura’s orders, although there is no evidence of his direct involvement.
The gang members had previously been convicted and sentenced to prison terms.
In Japan, the death sentence is usually issued by hanging only for multiple murders and cases involving rape and murder or robbery and murder.
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