Throughout the Yakuza series, the Tojo clan consisted of many strong characters. Here are the strongest of them.
At the heart of the Yakuza franchise have always been thoughtful stories of rival gangs trying to take over the Japanese industry at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries. Special attention in Yakuza is paid to the various members of the Tojo clan (both former and current), who, while trying to take their place in a rapidly changing Japan, sometimes reveal the hard-hitting truth about this organization.
The Tojo clan at various times included the best fighters of the entire franchise: from the real strategist and master of cold weapons Kazuma Kiryu to the proud owner of a crazy hair and a baseball bat Ichibana Kasuga, a newcomer to the series. Many members of the Tojo clan at one time showed themselves as worthy opponents for various protagonists of the franchise, and today we will talk about the strongest of them.
Daigo Dojima delayed the inevitable for a long time, trying to distance himself from the Tojo clan. However, during the events of Yakuza 2, Kiryu drags him into the underworld, and the game ends with Daigo becoming the sixth chairman of the Tojo clan.
At first, his own inexperience hinders him, but over time, Daigo gets used to the role of a leader and is no longer afraid to make responsible decisions. He is incredibly smart and able to fight on equal terms even with prominent protagonists of the series like Kiryu and Shinada.
Aizawa only appeared in Yakuza 5, but the writers quickly let us know that this is one of the strongest characters in Yakuza history. In Daigo’s absence, he decides to prove himself and take the place of the leader of the Tojo clan.
Masato’s business acumen and dedication allowed him to rapidly move up the criminal hierarchy, and thanks to his physical strength, he is one of the few characters who can compete with Kiryu, forcing him to fight to the limit. Aizawa showed from the very beginning that his resourcefulness and fighting skills would be extremely useful to the Tojo clan, and if not for his betrayal, he would have remained in the ranks of the clan.
Someya, one of the antagonists of Yakuza 6, is the right-hand man of Katsumi Sugaya, the chairman of the Tojo clan, while Daigo is serving a prison sentence. As the plot of Yakuza 6 progresses, Someya and Kiryu have time to fight several times, but in the end, as is customary in the series, they are imbued with mutual respect.
Someya is ready to do anything for the sake of loved ones. He can be called one of the strongest characters in Yakuza, and he is strong in both body and spirit. Moreover, he is one of the few members of the Tojo clan who can fight with swords.
Kanda, one of the villains of Yakuza 3, was the third and final head of the Nishikiyama family until its breakup. And at the time of the events of Yakuza 3, he seeks to destroy rival families in order to eventually remove Daigo from the post of chairman of the Tojo clan.
Kanda is known for his brute strength, thanks to which he can deal with enemies with his bare hands. And although it is difficult to call him one of the smartest characters in the Yakuza universe, it would be sacrilege not to include him in the list of the strongest.
Shimano acts as a minor antagonist in Yakuza 0 and Yakuza 1 and is the head of the Shimano family, which is part of the Tojo clan. It looks like a real tank and has the strength corresponding to its dimensions. Shimano quickly makes it clear to everyone around him that he must be reckoned with, especially when it comes to the race for the right to lead the Tojo clan.
He rarely gets into fights, however, in any battle involving Shimano, the fate of his opponent is predetermined. It is not for nothing that many members of the Tojo clan are afraid of Shimano, realizing that they cannot defeat him in a fair fight.
Hiroki Avano is one of the strongest and most eccentric lieutenants of the Tojo clan. He is known for the fact that he often loses his patience and begins to beat everything (and everyone) that comes to his hand, without causing himself any injury. Hiroki prefers to live in a big way, but at the same time remains at the peak of his physical shape.
During the battle with Kazuma Kiryu in Yakuza 0, Hiroki tries to break through his defenses with a series of heavy punches and kicks. Although the battle itself turned out to be relatively easy, Hiroki is still considered one of the most dangerous fighters of the Tojo clan.
Keiji Shibusawa doesn’t care about anything other than results. In addition to being a real monster in any fight, Keiji also has an outstanding business sense, thanks to which the Tojo clan has achieved prosperity. And Keiji’s ruthlessness and cold-bloodedness created him a reputation as one of the most cruel members of the Tojo clan.
In Yakuza 0, Keiji uses several fighting styles. One of them involves fast combo attacks that deal maximum damage. Using the second style, Keiji enters berserk mode, actively using the environment in battle. And when switching to the latter style, the antagonist relies on heavy punches and kicks – just like Hiroki.
Of all the three lieutenants of the Tojo clan, it is Daisaku Kuze who looks the most impressive. A stylish half-open shirt, aviator glasses, an abundance of tattoos and a pumped-up body add up to a very solid image, especially considering the venerable age of the hero.
In battles, he is practically unmatched, and in each of the many skirmishes with Kazuma Kiryu, he fights like the last time. He is a born boxer, but he is not shy about using various weapons to fend off enemies. Daisaku can be safely called the strongest of the three lieutenants of the Tojo clan.
Long-haired and relatively young Akira, although not threatening, is actually one of the most dangerous members of the Tojo clan. Akira faced Goro Majima and Kazuma Kiryu several times, and in each of these fights he proved to be an experienced fighter.
In fights, Akira uses slow and crushing blows, guessing the right moments. He also relies on defensive moves, dodges attacks well, and never attacks first.
According to Yoshitaka, as in the case of Akira, you cannot say that this is a dangerous opponent. However, Mine, who holds the post of treasurer of the Tojo clan, is equally effective in the field of financial transactions and fistfights.
Main has a lot of experience in fights, and he uses a mixture of different fighting styles, choosing the most appropriate for the situation. Mine prefers to hide his incredible fitness under a deceptively baggy burgundy jacket. He was one of the few who almost managed to defeat Kazuma Kiryu in a fair fight.
Shintaro Kazama is the captain of the legendary Dojima family and the head of the Kazama family. He is also famous for a series of contract killings, committed with extreme cruelty. Players will likely remember this character for his impressive mustache and formal three-piece suit.
Although Kazama left behind the profession of a hitman, for a long time he could not find peace of mind. As a result, he began to sponsor the orphanage to take care of the children of the people he killed, and at the same time recruited the most capable of them into the ranks of the yakuza. And although the games do not give us the opportunity to fight him, his sinister backstory and respect from the members of the Tojo clan let us know that we have a living legend of the clan.
Taiga Saejima is perhaps an exemplary member of the criminal family. He has an ideal physical condition and is incredibly devoted to his work – so devoted that he dealt with 18 fighters from a hostile clan and spent a couple of decades behind bars for his clan. His face is covered with scars, which indicate that he has been in many serious confrontations.
Taiga is almost as good as Kiryu in hand-to-hand combat, using powerful attacks. In each fight, he rushes at the enemy like a bull, trying to injure him as much as possible and not paying attention to the accuracy of his punches.
Ichiban Kasuga is a newcomer to the Yakuza series, first appearing in the 2019 game Yakuza: Like A Dragon. The hero practically does not part with his baseball bat, and therefore his fighting style is noticeably different from the previous members of our list, because it is more convenient for him to use a weapon than to fight with his bare hands.
He is considered one of the strongest members of the Tojo clan for a simple reason: in Yakuza: Like A Dragon, he, along with Yu Nanba and Koichi Adachi, managed to destroy almost all the hostile gangs in Isezaki Ijincho. Ichiban was in third place only because at the moment the hero was not revealed in as much detail as the characters in the first two places.
The history of Kazuma Kiryu stretched across the entire 6 parts of the Yakuza franchise, where you could observe his outstanding combat skills and all his achievements for the benefit of the Tojo clan. Kazuma Kiryu values honor and nobility most of all in life, and it is these traits that ultimately allow him to become the fourth chairman of the Tojo clan.
Dragon Dojima ranks second in the list of the strongest members of the Tojo clan, because there are no equal fighters in the universe of games (with the exception of one). And in combat, Kiryu relies on a mixture of different fighting styles, using both high-speed moves and balanced attacks.
Mad Dog Shimano earned the title of the most powerful member of the Tojo clan due to his amazing nature: inhuman cruelty and immeasurable respect for physically strong people coexist in him. Respect in the ranks of the Tojo clan and his nickname Goro, unlike Kiryu, earned his unsurpassed fighting skills.
Goro Majima’s fighting style is strikingly different from that of Kiryu, because he is masterful with all kinds of melee weapons. And when weapons are not at hand, Goro relies on his speed and agility, confusing untrained enemies. If Kiryu is characterized by heavy blows, then Majima is characterized by sharp point attacks.