"I asked for a fair decision… You will regret this for the rest of your life," said 74-year-old yakuza boss Satoru Nomura to the judge who sentenced him to death for a number violent attacks since the late 1990s.
The court found Nomura guilty of ordering the 1998 murder of the head of a fisheries cooperative and a 2014 attack on the murdered man's relative.
He was also found guilty of ordering a 2013 knife attack against a nurse at a facility where Nomura had undergone botched penis enlargement surgery.
The court also found Nomura responsible for a 2012 shooting of an ex-police official because who was investing Nomura's syndicate.
From Japan Today:
The yakuza grew from the chaos of postwar Japan into multi-billion-dollar criminal organisations, involved in everything from drugs and prostitution to protection rackets and white-collar crime.
Unlike the Italian Mafia or Chinese triads, yakuza have long occupied a gray area in Japanese society — they are not illegal, and each group has its own headquarters in full view of police.