In what has to be one of the most bizarre stories to hit the web today, Japanese organised crime group the Yamaguchi-gumi have cancelled their annual Halloween throw down (a party) following the rising tensions amongst the group that may reportedly result in a throw down (a fight).
The organisation has split into two rival factions, and amidst fears that violence would break out have sincerely apologised for cancelling their Halloween party. An annual event held at the Yamaguchi-gumi headquarters in Kobe, a sign was posted outside the building announcing the cancellation;
“Every year on October 31st, as per custom, we have held a Halloween [event], but this year, due to various circumstances, the event has been called off. We realise this is causing great regret to those parents and children who looked forward to this, but next year we absolutely will hold the event, so please look forward to it. In great haste, we humbly inform you of this. The 6th Generation Yamaguchi-gumi headquarters.”
Yamaguchi-gumi have long been involved with the wider community, even providing relief efforts following the Kobe earthquake in 1995 and Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown in 2011, supplying blankets, food, water, and shelter.