Yakuza Arrested for Shooting at Sega Sammy Chairman’s House

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You read that headline right — real-life yakuza were arrested for a shooting at the residence of Sammy founder and now Sega Sammy (the folks behind the Yakuza game series) chairman Hajime Satomi, as reported by Tokyo police (thanks Jiji Press, via Tokyo Reporter).

The shooting happened around 8:35 AM in January of 2015, at the home of Satomi, in the Futabacho area. The reasoning behind the delay in apprehending the suspects is that security camera footage is all they really had to go by for the investigation.

The original suspects nabbed by Tokyo cops were not named, however, the most recent arrests included a real-life member of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, the largest group of the otherwise known as (to filthy gaijin) the yakuza.

On June 7th of this year, Tokyo police have arrested and accused Takahiro Yamamoto, a 54-year-old member of the crime syndicate, of firing a single bullet and dropping three unused shells at Satomi’s residence.

When the original shooting happened, a security guard notified Tokyo police after hearing gunfire, as well as finding the discarded shells. A light was found shattered, however thankfully no one was actually injured. The security footage showed two persons on a motorcycle around the time of the incident as well.

It’s not clear if the real intent was to actually murder Satomi or simply injure him, however Tokyo police believe Yamamoto ordered Takao Matushima and Hiroaki Yoshikawa, to carry out the crime. Both have been arrested and are being interrogated by police.

Brandon Orselli


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  1. Audie Bakerson
    Audie Bakerson
    June 7, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    How about that gun control?

  2. Mr0303
    June 7, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Maybe they felt that the game misrepresented them?

  3. OldPalpy
    June 7, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    He really hated Sonic 4.

  4. RichardGristle
    June 7, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Seems to be working really well in Chicago!

  5. SeibaaHomu
    June 7, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Considering how in 2014 there were only 6 gun deaths compared to 33,599 that happened in the US that year…

  6. M37 TrenchGun
    M37 TrenchGun
    June 7, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Good thing Japan doesn’t have any nogs to shoot the place up.

  7. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    June 7, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    or the opposite, maybe it revealed some secrets :O

  8. Audie Bakerson
    Audie Bakerson
    June 7, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Between lacking half the population, that including suicide (64%), justified police shooting, including defensive gun use, that numbers not as impressive as you think it is even before how most of the remaining are in gun control havens like Chicago and California.

  9. SuuLoliBoob
    June 7, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Well damn. Now we at least finally get to see who really rules Japan.

    But seriously, holy shit. Thank god no one got harm.

  10. Kessek
    June 7, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Don’t compare your joke of a country to Japan.

  11. Himegami Aisa
    Himegami Aisa
    June 7, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Japan just really isn’t that great an example against gun control measures. Japan and the US are completely different cultures, though, which makes the comparison not too meaningful. Really I can see the merits either way, especially if you have conscription like in Switzerland or Finland, but there’s little correlation between gun ownership and crime overall.

  12. OldPalpy
    June 7, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    The Yazuka are the only reason Sonic Mania got greenlit, the night before this Satomi woke up to Big the Cat’s severed head on his bed.

  13. Dawn Blast
    Dawn Blast
    June 7, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Someone shop this

  14. SeibaaHomu
    June 7, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    It must take an awful lot of mental gymnastics to deem the difference between single digits and tens of thousands ‘not that impressive’

  15. RichardGristle
    June 7, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    >what is population
    >what is demographics
    >what is living on an island vs. living next to a pitifully unregulated border
    >what is an ancient country vs. a country that was literally founded with the use of guns

    You wanna get into this, kiddo?

  16. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    June 7, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Damn I see a nigga about to lose a finger

  17. Fenrir007
    June 8, 2017 at 12:06 am

    Foolish tokyo cops! That was motion capture for the next Yakuza game!

    Edit: “The shooting happened around 8:35 AM in January of 2015”

    Kinda late covering it, huh?

  18. Riosine
    June 8, 2017 at 12:11 am

    1,2) Let see (321.4M (usa) and 127M Japans; with 33,599 and 6 gun deaths respectively :
    (127M/6) / (321.4M/33,599)
    = 21.667M / 9565.75
    = 2265.

    and that is read usa gun related deaths are 2265 TIMES higher than Japan.

    3) these are usa gun deaths not usa+mexico+canada gun death

    4)umm a country that knows its a bad idea arming people that is stupid?

  19. Shigeru031
    June 8, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Is it because of how Yakuza 6 ended?

  20. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    June 8, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Was this why Yakuza 5 took so long to come to the west?

  21. AuraMaster DX (austin9568)
    AuraMaster DX (austin9568)
    June 8, 2017 at 12:38 am

    Maybe they couldn’t pull off those fancy moves

  22. John
    June 8, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Hope he’s playable in Yakuza 7.

  23. Audie Bakerson
    Audie Bakerson
    June 8, 2017 at 1:44 am

    The 33599 number is all fatalities, not murders (the super majority aren’t). Anyone using it is disingenuous or just plain ignorant.

  24. Riosine
    June 8, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Eh? I Did not use murders in my calculation nor analysis. just Gun related deaths in function of Human stupidity. Thus your conclusions are dimesionally unrelated

  25. Grass Gremlin
    Grass Gremlin
    June 8, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Well, this story sure is adding weight to that whole, Sega might be owned by actual Yakuza rumor.

  26. Nalferd
    June 8, 2017 at 2:15 am

    Even the Yakuza whines about being misrepresented in vidya lol.

  27. OSad
    June 8, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Why are people not upset that an innocent house light just got killed in cold blood? And the littering that just occurred on that poor man’s house? Yakuza these days are ruthless…

  28. Ninjagai
    June 8, 2017 at 7:39 am

    It’s all because they gave sonic blue arms.

  29. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    June 8, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Jealous that they aren’t as based as Kiryu.

  30. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    June 8, 2017 at 9:35 am

    They just arrested the named Yakuza guy yesterday.

  31. Envy Noson
    Envy Noson
    June 8, 2017 at 9:50 am

    He just played Sonic 06

  32. Jack
    June 8, 2017 at 10:35 am

    He’s gonna be a boss fight like 4 times

  33. Brimfyre
    June 8, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    It’s not really a rumor. Sega owns a majority of the arcades in Japan, those arcades can only function with the help of the Yakuza. They might not be owned but they can’t survive without the Yakuza’s help.

    It is the same exact link Nintendo had to the Yakuza over 100 years ago, but people want to always bring up Nintendo’s past ties to the Yakuza a century ago as if it is relevant in a modern conversation all the while Sega, and by extension the beloved ATLUS are much more in bed with the Yakuza on a day to day basis.

  34. Malcolm_Ecks
    June 8, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Best Yakuza 7 announcement ever.

  35. Malcolm_Ecks
    June 8, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Isn’t the success of Sega’s arcade business due to their merger with Sammy Holding though? Like, Sammy’s claim to fame was arcades and pachinko machines. I know its cool to imagine the Yakuza having involvement in a large way with Sega, but taking everything into consideration, they may not be as much of a factor as you think.

  36. malbhet
    June 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm


  37. Malcolm_Ecks
    June 8, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Not that I disagree with your overall point, but there are some caveats to some your points.

    “>what is population”
    What is South Africa?
    Or the other 8 countries in the rankings that have smaller populations but have higher per capita gun deaths via murder?

    “>what is living on an island vs. living next to a pitifully unregulated border”
    What are the Phillipines?

    “>what is an ancient country vs. a country that was literally founded with the use of guns”
    To be fair Japan was using guns over 200 years before the US was a country and they hand a presence in Japan starting in 1511. In 1513 the first European Settlers landed in what would become the US.

    The real argument here is Culture. Japan went super restrictive with their gun laws in the 17th century. But that still didn’t solve that 300 years of Civil War thing that happened there.

    Still I agree, Japan’s gun control laws make damn sure that gun crime is super low. But there are many countries that have gun laws as strict or even more so that have higher gun death rates.

  38. Skelethor
    June 8, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    maybe he was just celebrating the success of the game by doing a little show off

  39. Eden
    June 8, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    So Japan isn’t a joke of a country? Lol ok, I wonder how long Japan would survive with China breathing down its neck if the US stopped helping them. Let’s not forget who won the war as well.

  40. Eden
    June 8, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Gun control only works for law abiding citizen, why would anyone who’s hellbent on murdering someone care about gun laws?

  41. Eden
    June 8, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Doesn’t seem like it was meant to harm anyone, but was more of a warning. Shot one shot, then drop three shells probably a calling card/warning.

  42. Brimfyre
    June 8, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Well same logic applies. Sammy and Sega are one unit now. Amusement centers in Japan cannot operate, without the Yakuza. Pachinko especially is 100% controlled by the Yakuza.

    I’m not saying the Yakuza are sitting around deciding how to handle the next Sonic title (thought that would explain a lot) but if you give money to Sega so of that is being funneled through organized crime.

    Not much anyone can do about it, because clearly not even the government can stop it, but that is how it goes.

  43. Malcolm_Ecks
    June 8, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I mean….any proof?

  44. Himegami Aisa
    Himegami Aisa
    June 8, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    The US crippled Japan’s army to make it a poor man’s vassal state, no shit they lack military might. Prior to that they were a great power, fucking their neighbours handily and winning a war against Russia, which made the rest of the world treat it as equal to a Western power, and it took the US with British Empire support to take them down.

  45. Eli Wintercross
    Eli Wintercross
    June 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Pachinko is 100% yakuza?
    Well that explains Konami then.

  46. Fenrir007
    June 8, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Oh, now it makes more sense, thanks!

  47. Scruffy, the Janitor
    Scruffy, the Janitor
    June 8, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I guess you could say, the Yakuza…

    *puts on shades

    doesn’t play games

    Did I win? Did someone already post this?

  48. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    June 8, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    The CEO of Konami has ties to the Yakuza as well.

  49. Brimfyre
    June 8, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    The way it works is when you win at pachinko you take those little balls to a shop next to the arcade and they trade the balls for your cash prize. Those shops are all owned and run by the Yakuza. Or most of them at least. So you can’t have one without the other.

  50. Malcolm_Ecks
    June 8, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Funny. Show me an article that implicitly states an investigation showing the Yakuza in the Arcade racket. Come on fam.

  51. Nonscpo
    June 9, 2017 at 1:41 am


  52. Der
    June 22, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    This has “Nintendo” written all over it.

  53. Flash Cloud
    Flash Cloud
    September 5, 2017 at 3:20 am

    Or white trash you mean.