12 Jan '18, 1am

#Japanese crime boss held after #yakuza tattoo photos go viral

BANGKOK • A retired Japanese crime boss has been arrested in Thailand, ending more than 14 years on the run after photos of his yakuza tattoos and a missing little finger went viral. The fugitive, Shigeharu Shirai, 72, was arrested by a SWAT team on Wednesday in the sleepy central Thai market town of Lopburi. Japanese authorities have called for his arrest over an alleged role in the shooting of a rival in Japan in 2003, after which he fled to Thailand, married a Thai and drifted into a seemingly peaceful retirement. That was until a Thai local posted some photos of him playing a streetside checkers game with his intricate gang tattoos on full show and a missing little finger - yakuza members often slice off the tip of a finger to atone for an offence. The photos were shared more than 10,000 times online and caught the attention of Japanese police, who asked the Thai autho...

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