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The mayor of the southwestern Japanese city of Nagasaki died hours after a yakuza gangster shot him Tuesday outside of a train station, Kyodo News agency reported.
Mayor Iccho Ito was shot twice outside the city's main train station by a gangster reportedly disgruntled over damage to his car at a public works site, according to Nagasaki prefectural (state) police official Rumi Tsujimoto.
Tetsuya Shiroo, a senior member of Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan's largest organized crime group, was arrested on the spot for attempted murder, police said.
Shiroo has admitted to shooting Ito with a handgun with the intent to kill, Nagasaki chief investigator Kazuki Umebayashi said in a televised news conference.
One of the bullets reached the heart of the 61-year-old mayor, according to hospital official Kenzo Kusano.