Harukichi Yamaguchi

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Harukichi Yamaguchi
DiedJanuary 17, 1938[1]

Harukichi Yamaguchi (山口 春吉, Yamaguchi Harukichi, Japanese: [ja̠ma̠ɡɯ̟ᵝt͡ɕi ha̠ɾɯ̟ᵝci̥t͡ɕi]) was the founder of the Yamaguchi-gumi, which grew to become Japan's largest and most powerful yakuza organization.

Yamaguchi established the group in Kobe in 1915, and was its kumicho or Godfather until 1925, when he was succeeded by his son Noboru Yamaguchi.


Preceded by
Kumicho of Yamaguchi-gumi
Succeeded by
Noboru Yamaguchi