Tadamasa Goto (後藤 忠政 Gotō Tadamasa , born September 16, 1942) is a retired yakuza. He wis the foondin heid of the Goto-gumi, a Fujinomiya-based affiliate o Japan's lairgest kent yakuza syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi.
Goto, who haes been convictit nine times at least, wis a prominent yakuza, who haed even been dubbit the "John Gotti o Japan", and at one point he was also the largest shareholder in Japan Airlines.
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His career as a yakuza offeecially began in 1963 when he joined an Inagawa affiliate based in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka. Efter leavin the Inagawa, he joined the Tenshin-kai, a Kobe-based tertiary affiliate o the Yamaguchi-gumi, formin a branch of the Tenshin-kai in Fujinomiya. Goto wis rapidly promotit, an in 1969 he formit his awn clan, the Goto-gumi, in Fujinomiya as a seicontary affiliate o the Yamaguchi-gumi. He entered the Kobe heidquarters o the Yamaguchi-gumi in its 4t era (1984–1985), an haed been in the heidquarters till 2008 when he wis expelled.
In 2001, eter dealin wi the FBI, he entered the Unitit States tae receive a liver transplant, an gave a $100,000 donation tae the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Goto got his new liver, frae a queue-jumpin transplant, in the year when 186 fowk in the Los Angeles region dee'd waitin for a liver. Although the FBI wad want some crucial information aboot the Yamaguchi-gumi's activities in the Unitit States, Goto anerlie providit little uiseful information, housomeivver it includit a clue aboot some activities o Susumu Kajiyama the "Emperor o Loan Shairks". Jake Adelstein, the journalist who uncovered the transplant story, receivit daith threats. When he wis investigatin the scandal for the Yomiuri newspaper, he haed a formal meetin wi mobsters associatit wi Goto, where he wis tauld, "erase the story or be erased, your family too".
Goto began disappearin frae the yakuza scene in 2008 efter allegedly being forcit intae retirement bi the Kobe heidquarters' rulin faction led bi Kiyoshi Takayama o the Kodo-kai. His expulsion frae the Yamaguchi-gumi wis offeecially confirmit bi the heidquarters on 14 October 2008. Efter retirement, he became a Buddhist priest. In an airticle on The Daily Beast, journalist Jake Adelstein wrote that Goto haes reemergit as the heid o a new gang, Kyushu Seido-kai.
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