Skip to comments.Japan: Yakuza arrested for murder of Nagasaki mayor said 4th term would be 'unbearable'
Posted on 05/04/2007 4:53:41 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Yakuza arrested for murder of Nagasaki mayor said 4th term would be 'unbearable'
NAGASAKI -- The yakuza under arrest for gunning down former Nagasaki Mayor Itcho Ito during his election campaign committed the crime to prevent the mayor from being re-elected to a fourth term, local police allege.
"It'd be unbearable to see the former mayor re-elected to a fourth term," Tetsuya Shiroo, 59, was quoted as telling investigators.
Shiroo harbored a grudge against Ito after the introduction of an anti-gang public works policy, and a dispute with the municipal government over a demand for compensation after a car accident on a municipal road under repair, said police.
Shiroo obtained the murder weapon from an acquaintance shortly after the mayor declared on Feb. 20 that he would seek another four-year term.
Investigators suspect that Shiroo, facing financial crisis because of the municipal government's crackdown on organized crime in the construction industry, decided to shoot Ito to prevent him from being elected to another term.
Shiroo met with accomplices 60-year-old Hiromi Ogawa and 29-year-old Masaki Yamashita shortly before the incident to discuss the details of the attack, leading investigators to suspect that the yakuza carefully premeditated the crime.
Shiroo had persistently demanded that the municipal government pay him compensation for a car accident on a municipal road that was undergoing repair work in 2003, only to be rejected. In January 2005, the gangster also protested to the city authorities over the exclusion of Ogawa's company from the city demolition works. (Mainichi)
Click here for the original Japanese story May 4, 2007
IS she taking care of the roads?
To hell with Japan.
What about the Illegal Alien/Criminal Gangs operating right now in this country?