Soai-kai

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The Soai-kai (双愛会 Sōai-kai?) is a yakuza organization based in Chiba, Japan.[1] The Soai-kai is a designated yakuza group with an estimated 230 active members.[2]

History[edit]

The Soai-kai was formed in 1945 by Toramatsu Takahashi, then a member of a Yokohama-based bakuto group named the Sasada-ikka. Originally named the "Gyosui-kai" (魚水会?) as an affiliate of the Sasada-ikka, the group was renamed the "Takatora-gumi" (高寅組?) and again renamed the Soai-kai in 1955 when the group became independent from the Sasada-ikka.[3]

Condition[edit]

Headquartered in Ichihara, Chiba,[2] the Soai-kai is one of the three dominating yakuza groups in Chiba Prefecture, along with the Sumiyoshi-kai and the Inagawa-kai.[4] The Soai-kai is a member of a bakuto fraternal federation named the Kanto Hatsuka-kai, along with four other Kanto-based yakuza syndicates, the Sumiyoshi-kai, the Inagawa-kai, the Matsuba-kai, and the Toa-kai.[5]

Presidents[edit]

  • 1st: Toramatsu Takahashi
  • 2nd: Takeo Azeta
  • 3rd: Jiro Takahashi
  • 4th: Yoshio Ishii
  • 5th: Akira Takamura

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