A 74-year-old Japanese man said to be a member of the Yakuza wanted in his homeland on murder charges was arrested in Lopburi province on Wednesday.
Shigeharu Shirai fled Japan in 2005 for Thailand following a bloody leadership battle within the Yamaguchi-gumi gang in 2003 with Japanese police believing he was responsible for several murders including that of a deputy boss.
The aging gang member was nabbed after an eagle-eyed cop recognised his tattoos he’d being showing off to local teenagers who shared the photos online.
The photos were forwarded to the Japanese Embassy leading to a joint investigation by Thai and Japanese authorities.
Shirai was arrested by a team of local cops together with a contingent of officials from Japan and taken into custody pending preparation of papers to deport him.
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