Police in Tokyo on Thursday arrested five men wanted for questioning in connection with a Roppongi nightclub murder earlier last September. The five were arrested at Haneda airport after returning from South Korea, NTV reported.
Three other men were also arrested Thursday in the case and police said nine more are wanted. All are said to be members of a former motorcycle gang called Kanto Rengo, and have been dubbed “half hoodlums” by Japanese media since they don’t belong to any crime syndicate.
The attack occurred on Sept 2. A gang of 10 men wearing ski masks came into the club Flower at about 3:40 a.m. Some were brandishing metal bats and attacked 31-year-old restaurant manager Ryosuke Fujimoto who was drinking with friends. The attack lasted about 1-2 minutes, witnesses said. The gang left immediately after the assault and got away in two vehicles.
Surveillance camera footage showed members of the gang getting out of their vehicles before entering the club and showed the vehicles leaving after the attack.
Police said that seven of the gang left Japan for Hawaii, China and South Korea, one after another, in the days following the murder, NTV reported. It is not clear why the five returned to Japan on Thursday.