74 Year-Old Japanese Yakuza Boss Arrested in Thailand After His Tattoo Photos Go Viral

Japanese gang member Shigeharu Shirai displays his tattoos at a police station during a press conference in Lopburi, central Thailand.- Photo AP

BANGKOK – Shineharu Shirai, 72, a Japanese yakuza boss wanted for the murder of a rival gangster in Japan, caught in Lop Buri after 14 years hiding out in Thailand.

Shirai and seven gangsters were involved in the murder of another gang leader in 2003. The other seven have been arrested but Shirai escaped to Thailand in 2005.

“He admitted that the victim had been bullied and there might have been plots within the Yakuza subgroups to kill him … but he has not confessed to murdering the fellow gang leader,” Thailand’s deputy police chief  Wirachai Songmetta said.

It was not possible to contact Shirai or a representative for comment.

Shineharu Shirai, 72, a Japanese yakuza boss wanted for the murder of a rival gangster in Japan – Photo Pornprom Satrabhaya

Police said the attention of Japanese authorities was…

Original published: 2018-01-11 22:18:03 Read the full Bangkok News here


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