Forlorn ex-gangster is running out of fingers

An unemployed ex-gangster in Japan in love with a 15-year-old girl chopped off his little finger and mailed it to her father twice in an unsuccessful bid to prove his commitment, police said on Tuesday.

Hiroyuki Yoshikawa (36) was arrested on Monday after the teenager’s father told police the finger had been sent to him again, after marking it return to sender the first time, a police spokesperson said.

When he first sent the finger, Yoshikawa allegedly enclosed a note: “Please let us go out in exchange for this finger. I will send it again and again until you accept my request.”

The father (43) opposed the relationship—and was unpersuaded by the finger.

Japanese gangsters, known as the yakuza, commonly chop off their little fingers to atone for such defects as betrayal or defeat in turf battles.

Police said Yoshikawa, who was arrested in Okayama, 550km west of Tokyo, used to be a member of Japan’s largest underground syndicate, Yamaguchi-gumi. - Sapa-AFP

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