Police in Tokyo said Thursday they have issued arrest warrants for 15 suspects in the murder of a man in a nightclub in Roppongi in September.
On Sept 2, a gang of 10 men wearing ski masks came into the former club Flower at about 3:40 a.m. Some were brandishing metal bats and attacked a 31-year-old man 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, police said. The victim, who was identified as Shibuya restaurant manager Ryosuke Fujimoto, was taken to hospital with severe head injuries, but was pronounced dead.
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.
Based on the camera footage, police said that the 15 men are members of a group called Kanto Rengo, comprising second and third generation returnees from China following the end of World War II, NTV reported.
Police said that several of the men left Japan shortly after the incident, while the others’ whereabouts remain unknown.