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These are the characters that debuted in Yakuza 6, the seventh main entry of the Yakuza series and the final chapter of Kazuma Kiryu's story. Due to wiki policy, this page contains numerous unmarked spoilers.
For Kazuma Kiryu, Haruka Sawamura and Goro Majima, see their entries on the Character Index page.
When a majority of the Tojo Clan's original ruling families met their demise thanks to Kurosawa's antics, Sugai and Someya quickly made moves to take over by accusing the remaining family members of guilt for the Little Asia Arson. With everyone from Daigo to Majima effectively out of the way, they moved in to take over the Clan, serving as its sole rulers. Ultimately, their deaths result in Daigo retaking his position with Saejima and Majima as his two reigning families.
Voiced by: Ryusei Nakao
A man who heads the Tojo Clans Sugai group. A veteran member of the Tojo Clan relegated to a mere advisory role for years before ascending to acting chairman. His rise to power was made possible by the arrest of key Tojo figures like Daigo Dojima, Goro Majima & Taiga Saejima. He has slowly brought the whole clan under his control in order to wage war against a chinese mafia named the Saio Triad. He is a cunning man who was seemingly involved with the big fire in the Asia District. Since then he has arranged for Daigo's arrest which led him to become the Interim chairman of the Tojo while Daigo remains in prison.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Shares the title of Big Bad alongside Tsuneo Iwami.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: Rather than face capture from the authorities, or being lynched by the Hirose family, Sugai kills himself at the end of the game.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Responsible for encouraging Tsuneo's actions throughout the game so he himself can ultimately control the entire Tojo Clan with the backing of the Yomei Alliance.
- Hate Sink: Every single scene he's in is devoted to establishing how much of an insanely corrupt, smarmy loser Sugai is, right down to his very core.
- Non-Action Big Bad: He is never fought in gameplay section and the one time he gets his hands dirty in a cutscene against a subdued Kiryu, he can't even finish him with a large pipe. Tsuneo actually tells him to let him do it because Sugai would take all night killing an unarmed man by himself.
- Remember the New Guy?: Kiryu remembers that he was around since the second chairman but it's the first we hear of him, justified as he was just an adviser among others this whole time he blended in the background.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Despite being in service since the time of the second chairman, he didn't leave much of a mark. Hell, the only reason he's even known at all is because he's one of Daigo's advisers.
- The Starscream: Colludes with Tsuneo and the Yomei Alliance for power over the Tojo Clan.
- Smug Snake: Despite having an ego the size of a Moai statue, Sugai's lack of physical presence throughout the plot shows just how weak he truly is. Hell, after he beats Kiryu with a metal pipe multiple times, and then shoots him near the end of the game, he basically shits himself once he realizes that it did nothing.
Voiced by: Shun Oguri
Head of the newly-minted Someya Family serving as Sugai's left hand man. A confidant of Sugai, the acting 6th chairman of the Tojo Clan. He used the conflict between the Tojo Clan and the Saio Triad to his advantage and rose to be a direct patriarch despite only being in his thirties.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Despite all that he's done, his death is presented in an extremely tragic light, especially given the circumstances in which he's forced to be in.
- Batman Gambit: Sets up Kiryu to fight in front of the Yomei as an attempt to solidify their alliance by bringing the Fourth Chairman as a witness.
- Climax Boss: He's fought right before the finale of the game being one of Kiryu's most personal antagonists in the plot as well as the fight being very emotionally charged due to the tragic circumstances pushing him to win at any cost. As bonus, he's also a great deal more dangerous than the actual Final Boss.
- Cloth Fu: During the break-in at the hotel to save Kiyomi, Kiryu and Nagumo end up facing Someya in the sauna. As he leaves, he throws a pair of towels at Kiryu to disorient him and escape to get a change of pants.
- Combat Pragmatist: He feels no shame in making a run for it and leaving Kiryu to face his men rather than fighting at a disadvantage.
- Enemy Mine: Someya partners up with Kiryu briefly, if only for a chance to assassinate Big Lo. Later he tells him that he plans to do the same thing with Sugai since he knows that Iwami will have Someya and Kiryu killed while Sugai becomes the chairman of the Tojo/Omi Clan after he is done getting rid of them all.
- Death Equals Redemption: When Sugai and Tsuneo threaten Kiyomi's life if Kiryu doesn't kill Someya, he instead stabs himself. After Koshimizu seemingly kills Kiyomi, he uses his last breaths to beg Nagumo to take care of his daughter, Hiromi.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Being one of the Clan's top lieutenants isn't enough to satisfy his ambition, and there isn't much he won't do for it.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He keeps a constant rotten veneer whenever you're around him. However, despite all of his heinous actions, he still loves his ex-wife Kiyomi and their daughter, Hiromi very much, and accepts their hatred of himself. In his final moments, he tells Kiyomi that he never laid a hand on their daughter.
- Even Evil Has Standards: While he says it in a smug tone, he makes it clear to Kiryu what happened to Haruka was a horrible act and would not be involved in that.
- Faux Affably Evil: He seems extremely agreeable and amused, but everything he says oozes with mockery and menace.
- To Yoshitaka Mine. Like Mine, Someya represents the image of the "modern" Yakuza who use legitimate fronts to conceal their shady activities. But unlike Mine who still upheld and respected the ideals of the yakuza, even having an irezumi of his own, Someya scoffs at tradition and only sees money and power as the way forward for the yakuza.
- He shares a lot of trait with Nishiki, a white wearing and ambitious yakuza gunning for the top, unlike Nishiki however Someya still has loved ones to cling onto which give him a better temper.
- His ideals make him the polar opposite of Kiryu himself. Kiryu is a idealized "romantic" Yakuza who abides by a Thou Shalt Not Kill mentality, noble behavior and keeping the streets clean. Someya on the other hand is a realistic "modern" Yakuza, uncaring who gets caught in the crossfire and only sees profits and status as what's needed to live the life. Tellingly, Someya lacks an irezumi tattoo as he sees it as pointless where Kiryu's irezumi has great personal significance to him.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Not exactly, but after Kiryu confronts him in the bath he only has time to slip into some form-fitting undies before their fight.
- Good Is Old-Fashioned: He disdains the Honor Before Reason ethos and manly duels of old school types like Kiryu, interested only in the profit margin. To him, to be a Yakuza is less an oath or lifestyle and more a career in business.
- Hypocrite: Smashes an associate's head with a bottle for talking smack about Kiryu being a washed-up Yakuza that doesn't belong in the modern clan. Someya shares the same view with the only exception being that he says it to Kiryu's face.
- Jerkass: He is a smug prick that passively insults Kiryu for being an old school Yakuza past his prime.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Wields one in his final battle with Kiryu.
- Leitmotif: "Bloodstained Philosophy" for his first two fights. "DESTINY" for his final fight.
- Light Is Not Good: His primary outfit is a white pinstripe suit. However, he's as unpleasant as it can get.
- Likes Older Women: Kiyomi is actually older than him, and back in the day, he really did love her.
- Made of Iron: He gets right back up after Kiryu lays him out, slipping into his bathrobe and drinking some wine, none the worse for wear. Unlike many cases in the series, where The Battle Didn't Count, Someya is shown in-cutscene sprawled out after a finishing blow.
- Mr. Fanservice: His first fight has him wearing nothing but some tight black underwear.
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: His dynamic with Kiryu, with him representing a newer, more cynical generation of Yakuza, against Kiryu's older, more romanticized ideas of what it means to be one.
- Recurring Boss: Fought 3 times before the end of the game.
- The Reveal: He is Kiyomi's ex-husband and the father of her daughter.
- Senseless Sacrifice: He commits seppuku in hopes that Iwami and Sugai would spare his ex-wife Kiyomi's life, only for them to have her executed anyway. Subverted, in that Someya's sacrifice convinced Kanji Koshimizu to spare Kiyomi and keep her safe.
- Shadow Archetype: Someya is what Kiryu would be if he never held on to his sense of morality, and even pushed the love he already has aside for the sake of ambition.
- Silly Rabbit Idealism Isfor Kids: Tells Kiryu that today a yakuza's body count and income is what he needs to climb the hierarchy. If an irezumi messes with your ability to make money, then it's better that yakuza don't sport one and the idea of dreams and traditions aren't fit for a life of crime.
- Smug Snake: Almost every single word out of his mouth is disrespectful, condescending or threatening, coated in layers of sarcastic politeness and geniality.
- Tattooed Crook: Subverted. Despite being a high ranking yakuza, his back is completely free of an irezumi. Kiryu immediately takes notice of this, which causes Someya to go on a spiel of how the nature of being yakuza has changed to no longer needing the irezumi.note
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Someya claims Kiryu and himself to be Not So Different, and if this were the past, he'd be correct. In the past, Someya truly loved Kiyomi, and was ready and willing to put himself in harm's way to protect her. But as time went on, he became ruthless and his cruelty quickly extended to his then-wife.
- Villain Respect: Despite being as unpleasant as they come, he has a lot of respect for Kiryu, enough to smash an associate in the head with a non-empty bottle* of wine when the guy insults Kiryu.
- You Have Failed Me: Iwami and Sugai threaten to have Kiyomi killed if Someya fails to kill Kiryu.
The Hirose Clan
The Hirose Clan is the local yakuza in the town of Onomichi Jingaicho. Although loosely affiliated with the Yomei Alliance as a subsidiary of the Masuzoe family, they are a very small clan and actually rather humble. Initially an obstruction to Kiryu's investigation behind Haruto's parentage, they become important allies and integral to his search for answers behind Haruka's accident.
Voiced by: Takeshi Kitano
Head of the Hirose Clan. A seemingly jovial senior, but nonetheless manages to maintain a presence in Jingaicho.
- Beware the Silly Ones: His goofball attitude is genuine but doesn't stop him from being a dangerous assassin.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite being the head of the Hirose Clan, he plays around with his subordinates in rather humorous ways. However, he's also a ruthless assassin who is surprisingly swift with a knife, and carefully planned the eliminations of several loose ends for the Yomei Alliance.
- Climax Boss: Fought in the tail end of the game and ultimately more difficult than the actual Final Boss with several substantial revelations following his defeat.
- Cool Old Guy: When he's not actively antagonizing Kiryu, Hirose turns out to be a jolly old man who's quite fun to hang around and share drinks with.
- Composite Character: Of Goro Majima, Shintaro Kazama and Shigeru Nakahara. He has the tonal dissonance of Goro Majima and skill with a knife, Shintaro's fatherly attitude in taking care of the orphaned yakuza who's parents he had killed on orders from a ruthless patriarch, and finally Shigeru Nakahara, who serves as the local small time boss Kiryu befriends in Onomichi.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He lost his family to the atom bombs on the eve of WWII, and started his own gang at the young age of 14. However, after breaking into the shipyards, he is brought under Heizo's wing as a sort of surrogate son, only be used as his personal assassin years later.
- Death Seeker: Hirose's dying words to his men is that he would preferred it if they killed him, due to him killing Nagumo and Matsunaga's fathers as part of Heizo's purge.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in Nagumo's, bleeding out after being shot by Kurusu.
- The Dragon: He is Heizo's personal enforcer that he uses to kill off anyone he deems a threat. He is also not above using others to do it for them by playing on their emotional weaknesses
- Establishing Character Moment: His very first seconds of screentime has him casually enjoying a parfait while Nagumo briefly recounts one of Hirose's legendary feats.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When ordered to kill off Nagumo for defending Kiryu, Hirose desperately tries to do everything he can to spare him before admitting that he can't bring himself to kill those that he raised as his sons. This unfortunately gets him immediately executed by Heizo.
- Evil Old Folks: Being in his 70s doesn't stop him from being a dangerously efficient assassin and manipulator.
- A Father to His Men: Almost literally, as he's taken care of his subordinates since they were kids, and in turn they see him as their father.
- Hot-Blooded: The guy was pretty much like Nagumo and co. with the exception that since his anikis took it badly he was always sent to do bloodier tasks. He always came back from it.
- Ink-Suit Actor: C'mon, it's Beat Takeshi!
- Knife Nut: His preferred weapon is a kitchen knife. Or several, considering that he'll fling a few at Kiryu in his boss fight.
- Leitmotif: "Qui guarde un secret".
- Malevolent Masked Men: He used to wear ski mask so he could beat the hell out of his anikis without repercussion, Nagumo points out they probably had a good guess on who it was given how few people wear ski mask in Hiroshima. It's played way darker when he starts using his mask to carry on assassination.
- Ominous Walk: While he's capable of running, he spends most of his boss fight almost casually walking towards Kiryu at a snail's pace before suddenly lashing out with his kitchen knife. When you combine that with the dark environment and his emotionless face, it's as if he walked right out of a Slasher Movie.
- Neighborhood-Friendly Gangsters: For a yakuza boss, he's actually rather amiable and encourages his subordinates to keep it lax. However as an assassin Hirose shows little if any moral scruples in seeing to the death of his targets.
- OOC Is Serious Business: As Lo said, when Hirose starts staring you down and issuing threats, the room's temperature will drop.Hirose: Look. Just move already. Ain't askin' again.
- Smoke Out: In his boss fight, he tosses a knife at a nearby pipe, causing steam to flood the area that he uses to launch sneak attacks.
- Walking Spoiler: The true extent of Hirose's involvement in the plot is not revealed until partway through the third act, and is treated as a major reveal for all characters involved.
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Miyasako
The first member of the Hirose Clan Kiryu meets when arriving in Onomichi Jingaicho, as well as it's underboss. He's very short-tempered and instantly takes a dislikes for Kiryu, but Kiryu eventually earns his respect and loyalty after he saves him.
- Almighty Janitor: Despite being of a low-ranking yakuza, Nagumo is surprisingly capable of handling himself, single-handedly holding off an entire mob of Korean mobsters for Kiryu and Yuta... and then have time to chow down on some noodles.
- Bad Liar: Hides the fact that the Hirose Clan were completely aware of Haruka's identity extremely poorly, which Kiryu himself is able to easily see through.
- Happens again during the Kiyomi rescue when he walks into the sauna that Someya was lounging and unmasks himself, blowing his cover as he clumsily covers it up.
- And then during their visit in Kamurocho after they split up, Nagumo decides to go to a soapland to blow off some "steam" and end up smelling rather fragrant. He denies the fact to Yuta however.
- Blood Knight: Nagumo absolutely loves getting into fights. When accompanying Kiryu into Kamuracho, what he ends up loving the is how frequent fights seem to be.
- Character Development: He starts off as antagonistic towards others, especially Kiryu, but he acts much nicer following Kiryu saving him. Toward the end of the game, he appears to have become far less hot headed than he was during his introduction. He also acts more humble and sensitive as shown by his interactions with Kiyomi's daughter.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: He's highly infatuated with Kiyomi, and is ready to set off on anyone who seems remotely interested in her and vice-versa.
- Dark Reprise: His usual battle theme Brother, Brother is one of the more light-hearted and laid-back boss themes in the entire series, but during your last fight against Nagumo, it gets replaced by the more intense and aggressive remix, Loyalty Oath, fitting how personally he's taking Kiryu's accusation of his foster father of being some sort of Assassin.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Zig-zagged. By the end, he doesn't end up with Kiyomi, seemingly accepting that she's not getting over Someya anytime soon. However, the situation isn't hopeless, and he was willing to help Kiyomi raise her daughter following Someya's death.
- Expy: Of Rikiya, however he doesn't share the same voice, but rather Yuta does.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Nagumo is very short-tempered and excitable, prone to going off at the slightest provocation.
- Heroic BSoD: He is utterly devastated upon learning that Kiyomi was Someya's ex-wife.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Attempted when Masuzoe comes to extort money from Kiyomi, and faces the possibility of being beaten to death. Thankfully, Kiryu saves him, for which Nagumo becomes eternally grateful.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Modelled after his voice actor.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's not the nicest guy around and tends to be something of a bully. However, the right situation can bring out his good side in full force, and when times get tough, he's definitely someone you want on your side. In fact, it's for this very reason that Kiryu decides to save his life later on, since he flies in the face of his orders to avoid extorting money from Kiyomi.
- Leitmotif: "Brother, Brother," later changes to "Loyalty Oath" when you fight him for the 4th time.
- Maybe Ever After: At the end of the story, it is left open whether or not he and Kiyomi would eventually get together, but he understands that it would be 'difficult' for him to top Someya's Heroic Sacrifice.
- Mugging the Monster: Getting jealous over Kiryu getting better treatment from Kiyomi wasn't his best idea.
- Number Two: He's considered to be the under-boss of the Hirose Clan. When he becomes Kiryu's ally, he acts as his second in command when they fight alongside each other. He's the one who accompanies Kiryu to the final battle.
- Reformed Bully: Before Kiryu's arrival, he would bully Ino and the rest of his baseball team, as well as pick fights with random people. Kiryu saving his sorry hide convinces him to shape up his act.
- Recurring Boss: Chronologically Kiryu kicked his ass three times in two days. You get one last brawl against him towards the end of the game.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After Kiryu saves his life, he becomes much nicer almost immediately.
- Undying Loyalty: Despite Kiryu's technical civilian-status, Nagumo comes to hold Kiryu in very high regard. This extends even near the final hours of the story, where he duels Kiryu for accusing Hirose of being an assassin only to immediately fight alongside him after, when some Yomei goons are sent to eliminate Kiryu.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Kiryu describes him early on as fighting clumsily like a drunkard but he's got the brute strength and endurance to justify his status as the Hirose Clan's Captain.
- Use Your Head: His go-to move in a fight is a headbutt. He takes it Up to Eleven in his final fight by throwing jumping headbutts into the mix.
Voiced by: Tatsuya Fujiwara
Another younger member of the Hirose Clan of Jingaicho. Yuta wishes to find the answers behind Haruka's accident with an unusual conviction.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Haruka fell in love with him after he beat up a paparazzi stalking her and begged her to stay in Onomichi.
- Bilingual Bonus: Thanks to Tatsukawa, he's able to understand Chinese. And along with the reveal of Tatsukawa's ethnicity and what he picked up from Lo, hints at his true ethnicity.
- Bishounen: In contrast to the rest of the Hirose clan, Yuta looks very baby-faced.
- But Not Too Foreign: He's ethnically Chinese.
- Destination Defenestration: After he finds out he's Haruto's father, he freaks out about whether he can be a good father or not, as well as not wanting to die. Kiryu is pissed at him and punches him through the Hirose headquarters door.
- Determinator: If he puts his mind to it, there's no dissuading him, from facing Joon-Gi Han and getting beaten senseless in order to obtain Tatsukawa's location to attempting to burn down the base of the Saio Triad with Big Lo and himself in it in order to make sure they have no reason to pursue Haruto and Haruka's life.
- Foil: Of Kyohei Jingu, Haruka's father. Both were once insignificant men who had been given a chance to acquire power and privilege if they were to sacrifice their respective families. Kyohei would plot to kill his wife and daughter to gain political power while Yuta was willing to give up his own life so Haruka and Haruto can live free.
- Also to Someya in his younger years, both of them found their true love when they were protecting their loved one from someone who was at their most vulnerable, but Yuta was willing to walk away from a life of crime to live with Haruka while Someya combined both his murky criminal life with his family life which forced Kiyomi to leave her husband.
- Heroic BSoD: Discovering that he's the father of Haruto, and the son of Big Lo in the same sitting did not do well for his mind. Thankfully, Kiryu is able to punch him out of it.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Very much so.
- Leitmotif: "Fist Law" which only plays during your 3rd fight against him and he's flying solo.
- Luke, You Are My Father: Yuta's hit on both ends. First, it's eventually discovered that he is none other than Haruto's father via one night stand with Haruka. Later on, he discovers that he's the second son of Lo, who was given away because of the "blood relation" rule of the Chinese mafia dictating that only one son may rule.
- Recurring Boss: Aside from Nagumo, he's the only other member of the family that Kiryu fights multiple times though he only gets a proper one-on-one bout with him the third time.
- Spare to the Throne: Unbeknownst to him, Yuta is the second son of Big Lo and heir to the Saio Triad in the event the current heir, Jimmy, dies.
- Unwitting Pawn: His attempt at killing Big Lo was in fact all planned out by Hirose.
- Violently Protective Boyfriend: Punched a paparazzo to near death when he discovers the guy taking pics of Haruka, before settling with destroying the camera.
- We Used to Be Friends: He used to be good friends with Tatsukawa, and still kept in contact with him. However, he feels like something changed between them since Haruka's arrival due to suspicions that he's Haruto's father.
Voiced by: Doronzu Ishimoto
A low-ranking member of the Hirose Clan. Despite his stern appearance, Matsunaga goes through life with an easygoing disposition.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Very Downplayed. He's far from oblivious, but his thought process can lead to something else at times.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: However, even if accidentally, he's the first one to suggest Minoru Daidoji is behind the Secret of Onomichi.
- Delinquent Hair: He has a small, but noticeable pompadour.
- Face of a Thug: He's got a stereotypical yankee-style going on with an ape-like face and a slight pompadour. However, he's actually not that bad, and just does things at his own pace.
- Moment Killer: Matsunaga injects some humor into the very serious reveal of Haruto's and Yuta's parentage, by basically asking "Wait, you didn't use a condom?", which immediately gets him a kick to the face.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Like Yuta he isn't really into Nagumo ruining the baseball game but being their boss he goes with it. His main job for the family is running the legitimate bar.
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya
A low-ranking member of the Hirose Clan. Like most of the clan, Naoto spends most of his days relaxing in Onomichi.
- Emotional Bruiser: Naoto's easily most sensitive of the group, but he's still plenty good in a fight as the rest of the Hirose Clan.
- Expy: Of Mikio from Yakuza 3, the boisterous fat bruiser with a heart and girth of gold.
- Gentle Giant: He's is rather rotund, but Naoto heart's as big as his girth.
- The Smart Guy: Though rather sensitive, Naoto's easily the smartest among the Hirose Clan. He even manages to figure out the key to decoding Hirose's riddle in order to discover the secret of Onomichi.
Snack New GaudiA bar that Kiryu finds himself in during his time in Onomichi where he gets to learn about the many regulars that frequent the place.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father was a fisherman who went missing at sea. She opened the bar hoping one day hed walk right in.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Everyone in the bar always calls her Mama. Its not until her substory that Kiryu finally gets to asking whats her name. Its Minato.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Shes the only one in the group to recognize its Kiryu under the Ono Michio-kun costume, but pretends not to know.
- The Smurfette Principle: Shes the only woman in the group.
- Team Mom: As the Mama of the bar, she makes sure the regulars have fun and behave while also caring for each other.
Yomei AllianceA mysterious syndicate of multiple Yakuza clans. They're said to be so powerful that not even the Tojo Clan or the Omi Alliance can touch them, and Haruka's "accident" seems to further and further implicate their involvement. They're based in the town of Onomichi Jingaicho, Hiroshima.
Voiced by: Masane Tsukayama
President of the Iwami Group, based in Onomichi, Hiroshima. Secretly he is also Takeru Kurusu, Chairman of the Yomei Alliance. Despite his advanced age, Heizo is a brilliant man who's presence is still felt with great authority.
- Affably Evil: Effectively being one of the heads of the Yomei Alliance, he shows his shrewdness in approaching Kiryu as amiably as possible.
- Asshole Victim: He gets killed by his own son because of his knowledge of the Secret of Onomichi. This is after Heizo had his own surrogate son Hirose kill many others to keep the Onomichi's secret, before killing Hirose himself. Thus, it's hard to feel bad for the old bastard.
- Bad Boss: He'll kill his own captains for no reason other than to prove a point and show how serious he is.
- Batman Gambit: "Invited" Kiyomi to their meeting with her ex-husband Someya, and arranged it to look like a kidnapping, as a means to lure Kiryu to the meeting and invite him to be a "respected third-party" witness to Someya and Koshimizu's blood bond. It's later revealed (or at least implied by Tsuneo) that the plan to involve with Kiryu at all was one of these, as Heizo anticipated that Kiryu, with his sense of honor and disgust at being manipulated, would outright refuse to participate, giving Heizo a pretext to call off the whole thing and nix Tsuneo's scheme to expand into Tokyo via said alliance.
- The Don: He's the head of the Yomei Alliance.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: He gave his son, Tsuneo, ownership of the Iwami Shipbuilding company so that Tsuneo could have a life outside of the yakuza. Unfortunately, Tsuneo wanted the yakuza life, and was far from grateful for this.
- Face Death with Dignity: Once his death was ordered by Iwami and Daidoji, he calmly accepts his death moments before Kanji executes him.
- He Knows Too Much: Heizo used Hirose as his personal assassin in order to silence anyone and everyone who knows the secret of Onomichi.
- Lack of Empathy: Most of his caring moment are just attempts to gain loyalty and Kiryu thinks Heizo never really loved his son, just seeing him as a successor to his legitimate business.
- Like a Son to Me: Ever since he caught Hirose as a teenager, he's treated him more like a son than his own. Unfortunately, it's all a ruse to keep Hirose's loyalty, and he kills Hirose the second he openly defies Heizo. However, he does so knowing that he would be a dead man walking from either one of Daidoji's men or the government looking for blood as Hirose notes in his dying moments.
- Mega-Corp: It's said that the Iwami Group even has influence over the country's politics. But in reality, there's an even bigger reason the government is at his beck and call. As in, it's 300 meters long and weighs over 70,000 tons.
- Never My Fault: After the secret of Onomichi is blown wide open, he states Kiryu is to blame for making the deaths accrued to keep it secret worthless. This is despite the fact he ordered the countless murders at Hirose's hand and actively profited for decades from exploiting the secret, and actively subverted Daidoji's order to scuttle the Yamato Mk II for his own benefit.
- Older Than They Look: Sure he looks past his prime but he is over a hundred years old. The only man close to his age still alive is on his death bed by comparison.
- Two Aliases, One Character: Uses the alias Takeru Kurusu as Chairman of the Yomei Alliance to keep his public persona separate from his behind-the-scenes yakuza life.
- The Unfettered: He will go to any lengths to protect the Secret of Onomichi. In a flashback, he was willing to kill a random officer of his for no reason other than to show how serious he was to a young Hirose.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: If someone isn't even potentially useful or is a potential threat, he'll have them removed. And he does so with Hirose, when he refuses to kill his subordinates after they've witnessed the Secret of Onomichi.
- Done in return to him shortly after killing Hirose, as the secret of Onomichi has been revealed and since Heizo wants to continue the ruse until Minado Daidoji passes away, ensuring that all of Daidoji's assets become his own and expanding the Yomei Alliance's influence. But Daidoji, realizing the gig was up, ordered the ship dismantled and has Heizo murdered by none other Tsuneo no less, who was more than willing to do away with his own father and join the ranks of the Yakuza himself.
Voiced by: Nao Omori
Son of Heizo Iwami and CEO of the Iwami Group's Shipbuilding company subsidiary. Despite his father being the president, Heizo has technically relinquished control of the company to Tsuneo.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Once he's defeated by Kiryu, his smugness goes out the window as he pleads for his life. Unfortunately for him, Kiryu finally had enough and wasn't going to take 'no, please spare me' for an answer.
- Ambition Is Evil: And boy is it where he's concerned. He was given a prosperous lifestyle by his father as the head of Iwami Shipbuilding, and what does he do? Decide he wants in on organized crime and set off on a journey that leaves countless people dead. Most, if not all, other villainous characters in this game have at least one redeeming or sympathetic characteristic. Not this guy.
- Big Bad: He's the one behind all the major events in the story, in a bid for power and his father's attention, ultimately leading to him having Heizo murdered to take control of the Yomei Alliance.
- Bilingual Backfire: During negotiations with the Lo Family, the latter communicate in Chinese to keep their conversations private only for Tsuneo to reveal that he too can understand Chinese.
- Bullying a Dragon: A psychopathic deeply overconfident man-child who, upon being frustrated by Kiryu's increasing interference, thought kidnapping his adopted daughter and grandson before trying to beat him to death was a good idea. At a time where even a low-ranking yakuza has at least heard of someone known as the Dragon of Dojima and realizes that knowingly picking a fight with this man is not a wise move. Once Haruka and Haruto are safe, Kiryu levels him.
- The Chessmaster: Tsuneo effectively orchestrated the entirety of the plot, starting with the fire of Little Asia. Through this, he effectively turned Kamurocho into an underground war zone.
- Clark Kent Outfit: Like many bosses in the series, upon removing his suit it's revealed that he's shockingly muscular.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's the CEO of a massive company who uses his resources to take over the criminal underworld. His Boss Subtitles even specifically lists him as "CEO of Iwami Shipbuilding".
- Even Evil Has Standards: Averted hard. There are zero lows he won't stoop to in order to achieve his goals. He is willing to murder his own father, innocent people, and infants to get what he wants.
- Evil Counterpart: He's one to Kiryu. Both chose to join the Yakuza against their father figures' wishes and rose to the top of their ranks. However, while Kiryu earned his title and legacy as the Dragon of Dojima through hard work and loyalty to those around him, Tsuneo rose to power by leaving the dirty work to others before backstabbing them. Furthermore, Kiryu has Undying Loyalty to Kazama while Tsuneo had nothing but contempt for his father and even had him assassinated in order to gain more power.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Inverted; he has a notably nasally and high-register voice which serves to make him all the sleazier. He also puts on a growl to it to seem more imposing.
- Foil: To Keiji Shibusawa from Yakuza 0. Both are intellectual and unremarkable-looking men who aspire to rise to the top no matter how many innocents they would have to harm in the process. However, Shibusawa was denied a normal civilian life after the disgrace and suicide of his father, molding him into the ruthless and ambitious man he would become. Iwami, on the other hand, had the chance to have a privileged life as a civilian, but threw it all away so he could satiate his own ego. While Shibusawa serves as the Final Boss of the beginning of Kiryu's journey, Iwami is the Final Boss to mark the conclusion of Kiryu's story.
- Final Boss: He's the final boss of the game, and, ultimately, the final one of Kiryu's Character Arc.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: He's built up as an overambitious sociopath, doing whatever he needs to do to achieve his stupid, selfish goals. Therefore, during his boss fight, he's shown to be one of the weakest final bosses Kiryu has ever faced.
- Glass Cannon: There's real power behind his individual attacks especially on higher difficulties but the ease with which Kiryu can whittle down his health bar makes for the frailest Final Boss Kiryu has had to deal with in the entire series.
- Hate Sink: In a series that usually manages at least one of these per game so as to give our heroes and the player some serious motivation to kick their asses, it should tell you something that Tsuneo stands out as one of the most absolutely vile of the bunch. The moment his true nature is revealed, the game quickly establishes that there isn't a single line Tsuneo won't cross in the name of ambition. He'll gladly murder countless people, including children and his own family members, all for the sake of fulfilling his petty, self-centered pride. He also holds absolutely no honor, refusing to engage his opponents in a fair fight unless driven to a corner. It's very telling that Tsuneo ends up being one of the very few villains whom Kiryu utterly detests and wants to destroy for good.
- Should you pause the game during the fight, Kiryu's thought on the current situation is a particularly and fittingly blunt "He means nothing to me."
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He orchestrated Jimmy's rebellion and finish him himself, but this unknowingly drags Kiryu into the picture
- Ink-Suit Actor: Ironically enough (See They Look Just Like Everyone Else! below), he's also modelled after his voice actor.
- In the Blood: He inherited his father's ruthlessness and willingness to kill anyone to get their way (or even just to prove a point).
- It's All About Me: Iwami's greed knows no boundary and his heart knows no kindness.
- It's Personal: Kiryu vows to send him straight to hell for everything he's done to Haruka and Haruto.
- Jerkass: He lives and breathes this trope. But his most prominent instance is when he and Sugai threaten to execute Someya's ex-wife should he fail to kill Kiryu. When Someya commits seppuku to convince them to spare her, Iwami commends his sacrifice only to have her executed in front of Someya's eyes anyway.
- Lack of Empathy: Every word that comes out of this guy's mouth is filled with elitist disdain for others' lives, especially towards the "lowly" commoners who, in his twisted mind, only serve as means of helping him reach his goal of becoming a feared and powerful Yakuza.
- Leitmotif: "The Way of Life".
- Post-Final Boss: Iwami is much notably less difficult to fight than Koshimizu.
- Sequential Boss: Fought right after Koshimizu.
- Smug Snake: Given that he challenged the notorious Dragon of Dojima to fisticuffs just after he beat down his strongest lackeys and expected to win, Iwami has one heck of an overinflated ego.
- The Sociopath: Tsuneo was a man born in privilege and had been granted all the necessary tools he'd ever need to lead an upstanding life outside of the criminal world. He had no tragic backstory to justify his turn towards evil, but he embraced it anyway, going on to commit one heinous crime after another, from patricide to attempted murder of innocent children. As Kiryu eloquently describes him before his immediate downfall, Tsuneo is nothing more than a Psychopathic Manchild who caused great harm upon others, only because he wanted to "prove" something to his daddy.
- The Starscream: He has his father assassinated in order to take over the Yomei Alliance.
- Stupid Evil: You're looking at a guy who decided to throw away a bright, prosperous legal lifestyle for the shot of making it to the top of Japanese organized crime, destroying numerous innocent lives along the way, all in order to satiate his petty ego. Yet, thanks to Kazuma Kiryu's efforts, he not only loses his privileged social status, but is also left to rot away in prison after the authorities learn the full scope of his crimes. For a man so consumed with the need for recognition, in the end, Tsuneo Iwami only amounted to yet another footnote in the Dragon of Dojima's long list of conquered foes.
- Tattooed Crook: Tsuneo has a Bai Ze tattoo, albeit with darker colors, symbolizing his keen intellect in discovering the secret of Onomichi despite his father keeping him in the dark and ultimately seizing control of it.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Unlike the majority of colorful, distinctive-looking villains that Kiryu's faced throughout the series, Tsuneo looks no different than your average Japanese salary man. With his plain haircut, unremarkable facial features, and dull overall presence, it can be quite a shock to realize that he's actually a devious criminal mastermind.
- Villains Want Mercy: Once it finally dawns on him that he's hopelessly no match for the Dragon of Dojima, he pathetically tries to beg Kiryu off from pounding on him some more, but the Dragon makes it gravely clear that he has no intention of stopping until Tsuneo's face is reduced to a bloody, lifeless husk. Tsuneo barely manages to avoid a much deserved death by ordering his associate, Sugai, to kill the nearby Haruka, thus forcing Kiryu to switch priority and go save her, but not before he lands one last brutal punch that knocks Tsuneo out cold.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Tsuneo wants to impress his father, Heizo. However, Heizo wanted Tsuneo to live away from the yakuza lifestyle, and so gave ownership of the company to him, something that instead further upsets Tsuneo.
Voiced by: Ayumi Tanida
Underboss of the Himei Association as well as the Yomei Alliance. Koshimizu is viewed as the successor of the Yomei Alliance, and is often said to be the one who truly holds power over it.
- Alliterative Name: Kanji Koshimizu.
- Bald of Evil: Well, technically a close shave, but it's close enough.
- Blood Knight: Despite being highly intelligent, in his heart, he's a warrior who longs to fight a worthy opponent.
- Climax Boss: From a gameplay perspective: He's a two-phase phase boss fight aided by a several mooks in the first phase and then showing off unblockable knife skills in the 2nd, making for a far larger threat than the battle against Iwami right after him.
- The Dragon: Despite having far less screentime, he acts as one to Heizo. And also to Tsuneo.
- Dragon-in-Chief: It's suggested that he may be the one that truly holds power over the Yomei Alliance though he seems content to follow the orders of his superiors. Even combat-wise he turns out to be more dangerous than his bosses.
- Duel Boss: What started off as Kiryu and Nagumo versus Koshimizu and his platoon of men will end up becoming a 1-on-1 fight in the 2nd phase which starts with Kiryu and Nagumo finishing off his mooks before Koshimizu pulls out his knife to incapacitate Nagumo for the rest of the fight.
- Flunky Boss: Your 2nd and final fight against him kicks off with him leading a small army of Yomei Alliance men against Kiryu and Nagumo.
- Genius Bruiser: Koshimizu is as cunning as he is brutal.
- Knife Nut: Fights Kiryu with a Tanto in all of his boss fights though he doesn't pull it out in the 2nd fight until you hit his 2nd phase.
- Leitmotif: "Body and Soul" though only during his second boss fight.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Koshimizu's loyalty is not to either Iwami but to the clan as a whole as Tsuneo was instructed by Daidoji to kill Tsuneo he performs the deed on the behalf of Tsuneo and Sugai as he had followed Heizo's orders beforehand.
- Pet the Dog: He seemingly kills Kiyomi, but it turns out that he only fired an air round. Inspired by Someya's desire to save Kiyomi, he honored the man's wish by sparing her behind the Yomei Alliance's back, even though Someya dies not knowing this. He also tries to warn Kiryu after the fight that Tsuneo and Sugai ordered the police to kidnap Haruka and Haruto, but was punched out by Kiryu for his actions.
- Noble Demon: While largely a result of lacking screentime, he comes across as being the member of the Yomei Alliance with the most standards. In the ending, Daigo even points out his more noble actions described above in Pet the Dog, hoping that they indicate that he may be willing to form a pact with the Tojo Clan.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Wears a crisp red suit over a black shirt and is a brutal top-ranking member of the ruthless Yomei Alliance. Somewhat downplayed since by the end of the game, he turns out to be one of its few administrative members with any sense of honor.
- Sequential Boss: A two-phase boss fight preceding the Final Boss fight against Iwami.
- You Are in Command Now: After Tsuneo is arrested, Koshimizu takes over as the Chairman of the Yomei Alliance.
- The Worf Effect: Was at the receiving end of a Jingeweon beating when they came to take the baby from Kiryu.
Voiced by: Wataru Takagi
Boss of the Yomei Alliance-affiliated Masuzoe clan. He keeps a predatory eye on the Hirose clan due to their lax attitude on bringing cash. It won't be long until tensions burst.
- Anti-Villain: Despite being a nasty piece of work, he's ultimately just doing his job in providing surveillance over Yuta, and knowing that he no longer has a place in the Yomei Alliance or the Saio Triad, provides Kiryu with the answers he seeks.
- Bad Boss: Said to be feared even by his own men due to his violent attitude. They are willing to get back up and continue getting punched by Kiryu rather than upset Koji.
- He's got tandem Heat Moves with his henchmen in which one of them holds Kiryu in place while he unleashes a powerful punch or kick that knocks both of them to the ground.
- Batman Gambit: Yuta learning Chinese to impress a girl was orchestrated by him, he sent the Chinese girl his way so if Yuta has to become the new head of the Saio Triad he can speak Chinese.
- Boom, Headshot!: He is found floating in the river with a bullet in his head.
- But Not Too Foreign: He's ethnically Chinese, being one of many Chinese children abandoned in Hiroshima as a second child, and is actually working alongside the Triads.
- Flunky Boss: He is always fought with a bunch of goons at his side. He can revive any fallen men by yelling at them to get back up.
- Loan Shark: Not exactly, but he has the attitude. In his introduction, Masuzoe attempts to extort Kiyomi's bar for protection money because Hirose refuses to do so.
- The Mole: Works for the Saio Triad since they are the one that allowed him to live in Japan.
- Purple Is Powerful: He wears a purple suit, signifying his status as head of the Masuzoe clan. However, he's an early game boss, and doesn't seem to be high in the rankings of the Yomei Alliance.
- Tell Me How You Fight: Instead of brawling or boxing like other bosses, Masuzoe fights with Chinese martial arts, similar to the Saio Triad. This is the first hint that there is something fishy about him.
- Villainous Breakdown: He is crying when he realizes how bad the situation is and what the Saio Triad has in store for him.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: His job was to make sure that Yuta, in case he was to inherit the position as heir to the Saio Triad, was groomed to be fit for the position. But he failed the moment he conceived with Haruka, due to Haruka being Japanese. Since he also is no longer welcome in the Yomei Alliance, Masuzoe was put to death, despite attempting to flee for safety. Subverted, as Hirose was the one to kill Masuzoe to keep him from spilling the truth of the Secret of Onomichi
The Saio Triad
After the fire of Kamurocho's Little Asia, the Chinese Mafia made a move on the city by rapidly building a Chinatown where the destruction took place. However, they are incredibly hostile towards the yakuza, and are willing to attack anyone who even appears to be one. They are also responsible for the construction of the battleship in Onomichi, which was used as their bartering piece after the devastating Tojo/Omi purge to gain their own piece of Kamurocho.
Voiced by: Junpei Morita
Leader of the Saio Triad. He made his move after the fire of Little Asia, marking his territory and expanding his influence.
- Appeal to Tradition: Big Lo doesn't seem to believe in race supremacy, he only put a hit on his part Japanese grandson because he is bound by blood law to and there is no say in this. He even cries when he has to ship his heihazi son in Japan while telling Jimmy about the duty of the triad.
- Badass Boast: Gives a bunch to Someya about how insignificant he is and that Lo has as many enemies as there are stars in the sky yet doesn't fear any of them.
- The Don: He's the boss of the resident Triad gang.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He had problem showing it because of traditions but he loved Jimmy and despite what he did he does feel something for Yuta and even has some grandfatherly pride when he lays eyes on Haruto despite wanting him dead.
- Face Death with Dignity: After he tells Kiryu the truth about Onomichi, he also admits that he doesn't have much time left as the Triads will soon look for a new leader and kill him.
- Graceful Loser: After Yuta single-handedly dismantles the Saio by burning down their base of operations, Big Lo vows to no longer pursue Yuta as a potential heir, out of respect for Yuta's conviction and shame for his own lack of care towards Yuta as a father.
- Half-Breed Discrimination: He's the one who put a hit out on Haruto, son of his own second son, Yuta, due to being part-Japanese. He explains later that he wasn't doing it out of racism, but the Blood Law that guides the Saio Triad forced his hand.
- Killed Offscreen: He knows that once word comes out that Yuta is not going to be a successor and for siring a half Japanese child, he is going to die. Once he left, Kiryu tell Date they will never hear from him again.
- Luke, You Are My Father: He's actually the father of Yuta.
- Might Makes Right: There's only one thing Big Lo believes in: overwhelming power solves everything.
- Poor Communication Kills: Invoked by Hirose, he invokes the succession law with Big Lo to get Tatsukawa to kill Haruka's child knowing full well how Yuta going to react after learning the truth from Masuzoe. While Big Lo was willing to turn a blind eye, Hirose pretty much threatens him that if he doesn't have Haruto and Haruka killed, he would in turn murder every single one of them.
- Acrofatic: Don't let his tubby appearance fool you. This bastard moves fast!
- Ax-Crazy: After wrecking a meeting with some yakuza and taking one hostage, he is more than happy to slash the poor bastard's throat.
- Bald of Evil: A very nasty character with nary a single strand left on his dome.
- Beard of Evil: Besides his clean-shaved head, he also sports thick facial hair.
- The Brute: The Triad's muscle, Akiyama says he probably would have lost the first boss fight with Ed had Kiryu not been there.
- Establishing Character Moment: His introduction involves him causing chaos in a meeting with the local yakuza, wrecking shop, and gorily slashing the throat of one of the yakuza with complete glee.
- Flunky Boss: He's not fought alone on his first encounter.
- Hypocrite: After his first boss fight, he complains that Kiryu and Akiyama had the gall to team up on a single man. Akiyama immediately points out that Ed had brought plenty more of his own boys with him.
- Knife Nut: His signature weapon is a Karambit knife, which he uses with scary efficiency.
- Leitmotif: "Bonds" for all three fights.
- Nepotism: He is Lo's cousin. Justified because the Saio triad is based around a blood law that only family member can be officers and he is good at his job anyway.
- Recurring Boss: Fought up to 3 times over the course of the story.
- Sadist: Ed is very good at his job as Saio Triad enforcer, and seems to take sick enjoyment at torturing and mutilating his victims and forcing others to watch (see what happened to Tatsukawa for a good example).
- Sinister Shades: Ed's most distinctive feature is his round shaped sunglasses, which completely obscures his eyes and gives him a cold, almost inhuman presence.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: He's your first boss proper in this installment, and even with the help of Akiyama, Ed is one tough nut to crack.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After Kiryu defeats Ed a third time in the burning Little Asia headquarters, he tells Ed to beat it and he is never seen again. Although considering his familial ties to Lo, there's a good chance he's also marked for death after Lo spills the beans about Onomichi's secret.
An ex-member of the Hirose clan who left to work with the Chinese Mafia, and thought to be the the father of Haruto.
- But Not Too Foreign: He's ethnically Chinese, being one of many Chinese children abandoned in Hiroshima.
- Defector from Decadence: He intended on turning his back on the Triads. Keyword: Intended.
- False Friend: Downplayed as he apparently liked hanging with Hirose's family but keeping Yuta alive and suitable as a back up heir was his priority.
- Forced to Watch: Ed slowly tortured his girlfriend in front of him before slicing his neck.
- Posthumous Character: By the time Kiryu and the Hirose clan find Tatsukawa, he's already dead.
- Luke, You Are My Father: Averted. As it turns out, he was never really the father of Haruto.
- Would Hurt a Child: Attempting to eliminate Haruto was his job, but he intended to leave Haruka alive. He was also responsible for Haruka's hospitalization, which was an accident. Having not trusted him enough to get in the car, Haruka fled from the parking structure. She barely got halfway down the adjoining street before Tatsukawa speeds out, presumably to chase her down. At the very same moment, he spots the truck coming from the intersection on his left and swerves to avoid being T-boned. This loss of control means he's unable to hit the brakes in time to stop himself from ploughing straight into Haruka. Assuming that there's no way Haruto could have survived the impact even with his mother as a human shield, he speeds off, creating the very hit-and-run that forms part of Kiryu's first day back in Kamurocho.
The deceased son of Big Lo. He was killed some time ago before the release of Kiryu from prison, when the game starts.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Jimmy's death is one of the big factors for what gets Kiryu into the events of Yakuza 6.
- Posthumous Character: Jimmy Lo is already dead, and you only ever know of him through the exposition of other characters and flashbacks.
- Unwitting Pawn: He is this to Tsuneo.
- Young Gun: He is too excited to prove himself and take over Kamurocho he ends up ripe for Tsuneo.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Where as Yuta couldn't care less about being the next successor to the Triads, Jimmy was willing to work behind his father's back to amass more power for the organization and moved to Japan to expand their influence, but Tsuneo manipulated him long enough to try and kill Big Lo, only to die in his stead.
The Jingweon Korean MafiaOne of the other factions to make a move on Kamurocho during Kiryu's absence. The Jingweon especially have a grudge against Kiryu due to being nearly driven to extinction by his hand. The Jingweon's focus is in Kamurocho's sex industry, starting with the old club Stardust.
Voiced by: Yuuichi Nakamura
The new owner of Stardust and the current head of the Jingweon Mafia. A stylish man who uses his charm with women to rapidly expand the influence of his group.
- Affably Evil: Zigzagged with Faux Affably Evil. Han's M.O. is in his seemingly charming demeanour and manners. However, this hides how cruel he truly is. However, while he is strongly driven to crush and defeat Kiryu, he doesn't seem to personally hate him and even openly shows him and his allies a great deal of respect.
- His apparent past interactions with his Body Double also solidify him as someone capable of kindness though we'll never know how much he truly cared about Kim now that he's dead.
- Agent Peacock: He's a Bishounen Mr. Fanservice with Guyliner. He's also a formidable Boxing Battler and the leader of the Jingweon Mafia.
- Ax-Crazy: He'll mutilate a subordinate with a smile on his face and act like there's absolutely nothing wrong with what he just did despite everyone else in the room being horrified.
- He's also nearly smiling the entire time he's brutalizing Yuta with consecutive blows to the face. When Kiryu gets tells him to stop, he's got a big smile on his face as he tells Kiryu that he isn't quite done despite Yuta already lying face-down on the ground.
- Bad Boss: Beating up your own subordinates is enough, but searing the guy's face on an open grill makes you wonder how this guy became so powerful in the first place.
- Benevolent Boss: His body double was apparently treated less like an expendable decoy to protect himself and more like a friend. Whether it's due to feeling sympathy for being forced into such a role by an abusive father or simple vanity is unclear and with Han dead we'll never know for sure.
- Bishounen: Which he uses to his advantage for business.
- Blood Knight: Seems to really relish the opportunity to take on foes in combat, even smiling at times whether he's winning or losing.
- Boxing Battler: He fights like a boxer and never uses kicks though grabbing an opponent's head with one hand and using his other free hand to beat their faces in isn't out of the question.
- Combat Pragmatist: Very downplayed and it's only for a brief couple moments but during his last bout with Kiryu in which he's most desperate to win, the Quick Time Event has him pulling off illegal boxing tactics like stomping on Kiryu's foot to keep him in place and throwing punches below-the-belt.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers an absolutely brutal one to Yuta during their match. Yuta only got a few good hits in because Han didn't want him to look bad. The moment Han really started fighting, Yuta was floored in seconds.
- Dark and Troubled Past: According to his Body Double, he was raised in a poor and neglected environment.
- Establishing Character Moment: When he finally meets Kiryu and his pals, Han's first course of action is to slam and press the face of the bouncer who kicked out Yuta against the yakiniku grill, cementing that this man is not all right in the head.
- Even Evil Has Standards: When spoken of in Like a Dragon, it's revealed that he was disgusted with Yeonsu Kim's father trying to get in his good graces by drugging his son and forcing him to get plastic surgery to act as Han's body double, though he still accepted the gesture out of practicality.
- Foil: Everything about him is the opposite of Kiryu, from his hair colour, to his age and to his nationality. His attire is the opposite of Kiryu's as well: Kiryu wears a suit with a neutral-coloured jacket and primary-coloured shirt, whereas Han wears an primary-coloured jacket with no shirt underneath. Han is openly charming and polite but switches to a more violent demeanour at the drop of a hat, while Kiryu is The Stoic but with a heart of gold.
- Graceful Loser:
- After losing to Kiryu in the ring, his men bring Yuta out at knife-point. Han demands they release Yuta and that the patrons applaud Kiryu's victory, then cordially gives Kiryu the information they wanted. However, after they leave, Han shows that he's so infuriated by his loss that he crushes the whiskey glass in his hand.
- Played Straight in the final fight with Kiryu however, he was ready for Kiryu to kill him after being beaten and holds no regrets in spite of his death resulting in the true destruction of the Jingweon Mafia.
- Guyliner: Wears eyeliner, as is prevalent in Korean fashion.
- He Knows Too Much: Though he failed to eliminate Haruto for the Yomei Alliance, Han is ultimately assassinated by Hirose just as he's about to reveal the secret of Onomichi to Kiryu.
- Honor Before Reason: Even when he has Kiryu in the palm of his hand, he honors his agreement to tell Kiryu what he knew if they fought. He also allows Yuta to get a few free punches in at the beginning of their match so he can save face in front of Kiryu.
- It's Personal: Han is driven by his grudge against Kiryu for nearly destroyed the Jingweon at first, but he gets over that after his fight with Kiryu at Stardust and consider Tsuneo's wrath more dangerous than Kiryu's and sought to do his best to serve their purpose in the war.
- Leitmotif: "Theory of Beauty".
- Meaningful Name: He's a South Korean whose last name in hanja means "South Korea".
- Mr. Fanservice: A stylish prettyboy who's regular outfit includes a jacket but no shirt so you can always see his abdominals. The first time you fight him, he's taken off his jacket as well so you can get a decent look at how well-built his torso is.
- Mood-Swinger: Han seems to swing from calm and charming to crazy-violent and brutally cunning at the drop of a hat.
- Noble Demon: He is an unhinged sadist towards his own underlings but he values his words and gladly offers Kiryu a chance to kill him one-on-one instead of following the plan.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He bears a striking resemblance to Big Bang's rapper T.O.P (aka Choi Seung-hyun).
- Nothing Personal: Unlike his Jingweon subordinates, Han doesn't seem to have any personal enmity towards Kiryu for his part in the downfall of the Jingweon back in Yakuza 2. The only reason why he wants to defeat Kiryu so that the Jingweon will move on from their obsession with revenge, as well as consolidate Han's position.
- Pet the Dog: According to converstations in Like A Dragon, he treated his body double with a great amount of respect and camaraderie.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Ultimately, Han and the Jingweon don't have any real reason to take part in the yakuza war over Kamurocho. But Iwami of the Yomei Alliance paid a pretty penny for their services.
- Recurring Boss: One of several major characters that gets fought 3 times as as the story progresses.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: A reoccuring foe fought multiple times in the game fights with a somewhat twisted sense of personal honor? Factor in his mood swings, abuse of his own men, and the jacket-but-no-shirt look, and it becomes a bit obvious he taking cues from Majima, specifically his Yakuza 1 incarnation.
- White Hair, Black Heart: His hair is bleached white. His heart is stained black. He's likely not an albino, since his skin tone isn't pale.
- Would Hurt a Child: He assisted in creating the (failed) circumstance for eliminating Haruto, and even kidnaps the baby later on the threat of murdering him.
JUSTISA gang from Kamurucho founded by Jojima and Kazuchika Okada to take out the other colored gangs in the district, but soon became another run-of-the-mill gang, causing Jojima to leave and Okada taking his place as leader. Kiryu is approached by Jojima to help reform the group by defeating Okada and the rest of the "Six Lunatics", all of whom are New Japan Pro-Wrestling stars portraying fictionalized versions of themselves. When each of these bosses are defeated, they join Kiryu's gang and can be used for clan battles. The Kiwami remake of Yakuza 2 also features them as optional boss fights in Purgatory.
Voiced by: Kazuchika Okada
The leader of JUSTIS, nicknamed the Rainmaker.
- Badass Longcoat: A long, black one with silver accents.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: After JUSTIS had successfully brought down all the color gangs in Kamurocho, the yakuza and mafia groups who used those gangs as proxies retaliated by abducting and torturing Okada and his girlfriend, who got scarred up pretty badly from the encounter. Since then, Okada had become more distant and militant out of anger for his failure to protect his loved one, and became determined to make JUSTIS stronger, whatever the cost.
- First-Name Basis: Is referred to by his first name by Jojima.
- Final Boss: Of a sort. He's the final member of the Six Lunatics to be fought, although there exists a Post-Final Boss where he joins Kiryu and Jojima.
- Finishing Move: The Rainmaker lariat.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Originally led JUSTIS to eliminate the colored gangs of Kamurucho, only to slowly become one of them. The Clan Battles are Kiryu's way to beat some sense into Okada and lead him to reform.
- Leitmotif: Notably, he is the only boss whose actual NJPW theme plays during his boss fight.
- Red Baron: The Rainmaker.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Jojima, as the two founders of JUSTIS.
Voiced by: Toru Yano
The first of the Six Lunatics fought by Kiryu, who has a habit of taunting people with his name.
Voiced by: Hiroyoshi Tenzan
An aged brawler, and good friend of Satoshi Kojima. Kiryu fights both of them at the same time.
- Blood Knight: He and Kojima dont really care about the whole gang stuff, just having a good fight. Especially the kind that Kiryu brings.
- Finishing Move: The Tenzan Tombstone Driver (TTD), a modified Tombstone Piledriver.
- Foe-Tossing Charge: His Heat move, Violent Bull, is one of these. He charges forward Mr. Shakedown-style, battering aside every enemy in his way.
- Tag Team: Fought alongside Kojima, as a Shout-Out to their real-life team Tencozy, which is even named as such in-game.
Voiced by: Satoshi Kojima
A senior member of JUSTIS, and a close friend to Hiroyoshi Tenzan. Kiryu fights both of them together.
Voiced by: Tetsuya Naito
JUSTIS' resident slacker.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: A damn good white one, based off the same one Naito would wear to the ring occasionally in real life.
- Catchphrase: "Torankiro! Assen na yo!"note He notably screams it at Kiryu before his boss fight, and uses it as a taunt during it.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: Has the habit of speaking in Spanish.
- Finishing Move: Destino, a modified shiranui.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Pulls a gun on Yano after he's beaten by Kiryu.
Voiced by: Hiroshi Tanahashi
The resident Ace of JUSTIS.
Voiced by: Saki Akai
A professional wrestler who also works as a hostess. Saki is a tomboy who is strong in both her body and her spirit.
A kind-hearted hostess who is quick to try and please her client, often putting the interests of her customers before the club, or herself.
A friendly and cheerful hostess who, unfortunately, is accused of trying to use her looks and personality to seduce men who are already in a relationship.
A kind and demure hostess. Unlike others in her line of work, Hikaru is very quiet and soft-spoken.
Voiced by: SORA
A Taiwanese hostess who is head-over-heels for Japanese culture. In her off-time, she enjoys anime, manga, and cosplay.
Surprise! The secret infant son of Haruka, conceived during the 4-year prison sentence Kiryu served. After Haruka is left comatose protecting him from what was most likely a hit, Kiryu takes it upon himself to protect and take care of Haruto, while also trying to discover the father of Haruto as well as the motives behind Haruka's accident.
- Babies Make Everything Better: ...Not exactly. Haruto's sudden appearance has raised more questions in the big picture. And while Kiryu, nice guy that he is, isn't at all upset by Haruto's existence, his presence does now complicate things with the newfound danger toward him and his mother.
- But Not Too Foreign: He's half-Chinese on his father's side.
- Cheerful Child: The little babe is an adorable bundle of joy, and provides much of the cuteness throughout Kiryu's investigation.
- Licked by the Dog: Haruto gets awfully friendly with various folk, including Toru Hirose, the admittedly jovial boss of the Hirose Clan who is also a ruthlessly efficient assassin.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Despite being just a baby, his very existence threw the mother of all spanners into the plot by attracting the attention of Kazuma Kiryu.
Voiced by: Yoko Maki
The owner of the local bar in Onomichi. She has the eyes of a number of men, but her involvement in the mystery behind Haruto's conception and the events around it are more than it seems.
- Alliterative Name: Kiyomi Kasahara.
- Broken Bird: She felt the brunt of Someya's fall into cruelty, and tried what she could to escape with her daughter. However, only she was able to escape, and so lives with the guilt of being unable to also rescue her daughter or prevent Someya's fall.
- Cuteness Proximity: Practically falls in love with baby Haruto at first sight, and provides assistance to Kiryu in his care.
- Damsel in Distress: Kiyomi is kidnapped by Someya partway into the game, and so Kiryu and the Hirose Clan have to rescue her. Except she wasn't kidnapped. She was invited by Heizo Iwami, who made it seem like a kidnapping in order to have an opportunity to talk to Kiryu.
- Dude Magnet: She has the infatuation of Nagumo, Iino, and unfortunately Masuzoe. She doesn't have any interest in them.
- Foreshadowing: Her experience in handling babies hints that she's had children before.
- Ink-Suit Actor: She's modeled after her voice actress, Yoko Maki.
- The Reveal: She's Someya's ex-wife, and the mother of their daughter, Hiromi.
- Secret Keeper: She along with the rest of the Hirose Clan knew Haruka from the very beginning, due to her idol past, and believed Haruto's father was Tatsukawa.
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama
Owner of the local inn, which Kiryu stays in during his foray into Hiroshima.
A former IJA admiral turned politician. He was the one responsible for the secret construction of the Yamato Mark II battleship in Onomichi, built on the illicit funds of the Omi Alliance who controlled Hiroshima's shipyards. After Kurusu, the chairman in charge died, he uses his influence from this to help prop up the Yomei Alliance and ensure their secrecy in exchange money and power. He appears near the end of the game, advising Tsuneo to turn on his father and become the new Chairman of the Yomei Alliance.
- Corrupt Politician: He is an influential elder statesman with deep connections to the criminal underworld.
- Didn't Think This Through: By the time the Yamato Mk. II was completed, World War II was already long over, and the battleship, built from embezzled government funds with the cooperation of criminals, only became leverage for Heizo to use against him.
- Foil: For Kyohei Jingu, as both are corrupt politicians who manipulate the yakuza from behind the scenes and have anyone who could ruin their reputation assassinated. However while Jingu compromised himself by sending in his own goons or getting involved in the situation personally, Daidoji is content to let the criminals sort it out for him, and as a result, Jingu is shady past is exposed while he's still a rising star in politics, while Diadoji is able to maintain his cover until he's already at death's door.
- Kick the Dog: Orders Tsuneo to murder Kiryu and those close to him because he revealed the secret. Being sickly and already investigated on for his life as a fixer he only does it for revenge.
- The Man Behind the Man: The one who started the whole plot behind the secret of Onomichi, as he personally commissioned the Yamato Mk. II's construction using money embezzled from the government that Heizo was going to uphold his vow of building in exchange for money and influence.
- The Unfought: Being a sickly old man on his deathbed, he obviously isn't in any fighting condition. However it was on his final orders that Tsuneo tried to eradicate anyone close to Kazuma Kiryu, as his induction into the Yakuza. He ultimately passes away peacefully in his sleep, unaware that Tsuneo has failed in their goal.