Japanese Yakuza Headman Arrested in ThailandA Japanese national, who is allegedly the leader of an organized crime syndicate, known as the Yakuza, has been arrested in a Bangkok hotel following a multinational police cooperation investigation.
Bangkok, the 10th of February 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Lieutenant General Wuthi Liptapallop (Thai Immigration Police Commissioner) held a press conference to announce the successful apprehension of Mr. Anai Kenichi a Japanese nation at a room in Silom Soi 7, Bangkok. Mr. Kenichi allegedly fled to Thailand from Japan following a warrant for his arrest.
Mr. Kenichi is allegedly the head of the Japanese criminal gang ‘Yakuza,’ Japan’s second largest criminal organization. Mr. Kenichi is wanted by Japanese authorities over unauthorized firearm possession and for the murder of Mr. Watanabe Nobuhiro in July of 2009, a rival Inagawa gang member. He had entered the Kingdom of Thailand in October of 2009, changing his name to Senta Zato in an attempt to avoid detection.
Following cooperation between Japanese and Thai authorities, Mr. Kenichi was successfully apprehended, he has been charge in Thailand with overstaying his visa. Contact with the Japanese Embassy in Bangkok will be made in order to get Kenichi deported back to Japan for his murder and illegal firearm possession trial.