Daigo Dojima (堂島 大吾, Dōjima Daigo) is a recurring supporting character in the Yakuza series introduced in Yakuza 2. Initially a street thug roaming Kamurocho after his father's death, Daigo becomes the Sixth Chairman of the Tojo Clan by Kazuma Kiryu's recommendation, representing a new generation of yakuza. He is also the protagonist of Daigo Dojima: At the Time of Adversity in Ryu ga Gotoku Online.
Daigo is a strapping, powerfully-built man who is as tall as Kiryu. In Yakuza 0, his hair is bowl-cut. In Yakuza 2/Kiwami 2, his hair is messy and strewn across his face. In all subsequent games, his hair is slicked back.
In Yakuza 2/Kiwami 2, he wears a white parka over a black T-shirt, a pair of black leather pants, and black shoes, and a silver chain necklace with a silver cross pendant. As the Chairman, he wears a black double-breasted suit with peaked lapels over a white shirt. In Yakuza 5, he wears a black trench coat, a pair of sunglasses, and a surgical face mask to disguise himself in Kineicho, Nagoya, along with a gray shirt and white tie. As a child in Yakuza 0, he wears a white short sleeve dress shirt with a black bow tie, gray suspenders, black shorts, long black dress socks, and black leather oxfords.
Daigo's tattoo depicts Fudo Myoo, also known as Acala, defender of the Buddhist faith. His name means “Immovable Wisdom King,” sitting upon a rock throne. The sword represents knowledge and power, while Fudo Myoo binds evil with the rope in his left hand. Fudo Myoo is surrounded by flames, which represent cleansing. In Esoteric Buddhism, there are cleansing fire purification ceremonies to destroy negative energy during which this deity is evoked. The dragon that surrounds the sword is evocative of Kiryu's guidance for Daigo over the years.
・・・もともとは俺を推薦してくれた人の期待に答えるためだった。だが今は・・・自分の家族とも言える構成員たちを守るためだ。うちに所属している連中は、一般社会ではやっていけないような、はぐれものばかりだ。かっては俺もそうだったんだが・・・どいつもこいつもまっとうに生きるのも難しいような連中ばかりだ。ここはそんな連中が、居場所を求め集まってくる場だ。俺は彼らのそんな居場所を守りたい。— Daigo to Mine, Ryu ga Gotoku Online
... Originally, I wanted to answer the expectations of the man who entrusted me with the position. But now, the Tojo Clan is family to me—I do this to keep them safe. Our ranks are made up of those who can't get by in day-to-day society. I used to be the same way myself, but... every last one of them is living a hard life too. We give these people somewhere to belong. For their sake, I want to protect that.
As the son of the infamous Sohei Dojima, Daigo is a reluctant Chairman for the Tojo Clan as he has known of his father's ruthlessness and cruelty in the Tojo Clan and sought to avoid the same fate as his father in creating another ruthless successor to the Chairman, a position his father coveted. In his youth, he barely associated himself with the Tojo Clan and befriended Shinada, to whom he never revealed his associations to the Yakuza. In his first appearance as an adult in the second game, he is somewhat impulsive, apparent when he recounts being imprisoned after fallen to a trap set by Ryuji Goda as well as many of his scenes throughout the game. As a chairman, his inexperienced side shows on several occasions. During the events of Yakuza 3, his refusal to accept the plans for the development of the land in Okinawa leads to an assassination attempt on his life. In Yakuza 4, his lack of authority is one of the reasons the Ueno Seiwa was able to run roughshod with the terms and put the Tojo in grave danger as Munakata's true plan was to eliminate the Tojo Clan.
Daigo also prefers an even-handed approach to dealing with the other factions, seeking equal term treaties even if they are inferior in size to him. Such factions include the Yamagasa and Ueno Seiwa clan which in turn for paying their cut to the Tojo are treated as equals under the terms of these treaties. He draws this from from his experiences in his youth with Kiryu who had taught him that the meaning of being a patriarch goes beyond using money and their name to obtain peers - something which molded Daigo to become the man he is now.
Daigo was born in 1976 to Yayoi Dojima and Sohei Dojima. He met Kazuma Kiryu after the latter's induction into the Dojima Family in 1985. The two grew close, as Daigo's father would end up neglecting him due to his occupation as a patriarch of a powerful family.
Yakuza 0: 1988-1989
- Main article: Heir to the Family
Kiryu is approached by a messenger asking him to meet "a member of the Dojima family who isn't his enemy" at the Yoshida Batting Center. When Kiryu arrives, he is greeted by Daigo, who admits to sending the messenger. Daigo asks Kiryu to spend time with him, dismissing three teenagers who had been keeping him company, and explains that his father is too busy to spend time with him anymore.
He is aware of Kiryu's expulsion from the family but assures Kiryu that no one will dare touch him while Daigo is with him.
It is implied that the two are quite well acquainted prior to the events of Yakuza 0, calling each other friends, and making reference to Kiryu "playing with him all the time" when he was younger, and insisting Kiryu use a more casual form of address after he refers to him as "master Daigo". Kiryu mentions that Daigo has "always been a good kid", despite his father.
Daigo asks Kiryu to bring him various places around town, such as the arcade and a karaoke lounge that doesn't normally allow children. When the lounge tries to refuse Daigo entry, he states the name of his father to intimidate the bartender into allowing him to stay. Kiryu orders Daigo a non-alcoholic drink and apologizes multiple times for the way Daigo acts while at the lounge; Daigo makes several unreasonable requests, and insults the bartender, the lounge itself, and the hostess who sits with him. Kiryu chastises Daigo for his behavior, stating that it's unlike him to be so rude to a woman. Daigo blames his bad mood on not having any real friends, due to his position as the patriarch's son.
On the way out of the lounge, Daigo is cornered and kidnapped by three masked men. After tracking them down and beating them in a fight, Kiryu unmasks the group to reveal they're the same three teenagers that Daigo ditched at the beginning of the substory. Daigo wants to punish them in return for the beating they gave him, but Kiryu scolds Daigo for acting like a spoiled child, and that he should know better. Daigo breaks down and apologizes, explaining no one disciplines him due to their fear of his father. Kiryu advises him that he can't just rely on his family name and wealth if he wants to have friends and peers treat him as an equal.
Kiryu offers to escort him home, but Daigo states he'll be fine on his own. He asks once more for Kiryu to be less formal with him, and addresses Kiryu more respectfully (calling him Kiryu-san rather than Kiryu-kun) before taking his leave.
During his teenage years, Daigo Dojima attended Kamuro West High School, along with Tatsuo Shinada. According to Shinada, Daigo was an intelligent student with good grades, but always got into trouble for getting into fights.
During their senior year, Kamuro West's baseball team (of which Shinada was its star slugger) was up against their rivals from Kamuro Tech High for the finals of the national high school baseball league tournament. KTH's students would frequently harass and bully KWH's players to demotivate them for the finals, but none of the students could prove it to either school's faculty. Daigo, knowing he would inevitably go into the family business, decided to help out his high school even if it cost him.
A week before the final took place, he goaded the KTH students who'd been harassing his classmates into a fight and defeated them all, putting a few of them in the hospital. This stunt got him expelled and sent to juvie, but it allowed his school's team to compete without fear of being harmed by KTH students and turned Daigo into a school legend.
Daigo builds up a reputation for himself in Kamurocho. After learning that Kiryu has killed his father, Daigo goes into a frenzy. In 2001, he goes to Osaka and is lured into a fight with Ryuji Goda, which causes him to be arrested. Daigo is sentenced to jail for 5 years for illegal possession of a firearm. His sentence finishes in 2006, and, cut off from his family and the Tojo Clan, he finds himself at the head of a small but devoted gang.
Yakuza 2/Yakuza Kiwami 2: 2006-2007
Following the death of Yukio Terada, Kiryu requests from Yayoi Dojima the permission to bring Daigo back into the fold as a way to unify the splintering Tojo Clan. He finds Daigo and his gang in Club Shine, taking them on. Kiryu asks a bitter Daigo if he would come back, but Daigo refuses - he says he was disillusioned towards Kiryu, his childhood hero, when he allegedly killed his father. However, once Kiryu fights him, Daigo agrees to go back to the Tojo Clan.
Daigo accompanies Kiryu to Osaka to settle a score with Ryuji Goda, the man who sent him to prison 5 years ago as part of a set-up. Kiryu and Daigo go to Omi Alliance Headquarters to meet with the leaders of the Omi Alliance to secure an alliance. Daigo, sitting in a casual position unlike the other figures there, aggressively accuses the Omi of not being trustworthy, as he believes they killed Terada. However, the meeting is cut short by Ryuji, who steps in and takes his father outside. Daigo beckons Kiryu to find him while he takes care of Ryuji.
Once Kiryu reaches Chairman Goda, Daigo comes out and reveals that he has fought and held off Ryuji for some time, but has been injured heavily in the process. Kiryu tells Daigo to take Chairman Goda and drive to Tokyo while he takes on Ryuji himself.
On the road between Osaka and Tokyo, Daigo is kidnapped by the Go-Ryu Clan and put in Shangri-La. However, he is eventually recovered - the first thing he asks for is a drink, having been deprived of any water by his captors.
Daigo returns to Tojo Clan HQ for Terada's funeral, and faces off with Ryuji before he leaves. Later on, during an attempted coup carried out by the Nishikiyama Family, Daigo is held hostage in Tojo Clan HQ at gunpoint. After Kiryu deals with the Nishikiyama Family, Daigo makes a rousing speech to the Tojo Clan, marking his taking up of a leadership role within the clan. The people present acknowledge that this event would put him on the road to being seen as a legitimate candidate for Tojo Clan Chairman.
Daigo brings Kashiwagi's 300 men together to lead them into Kamurocho to stop the Jingweon Mafia and the Go-Ryu Clan from destroying the city. They succeed in defusing all but one bomb, which only surfaced after the death of Wataru Kurahashi, but was defused by the unexpectedly alive Terada after he suspected Ryo Takashima of betrayal.
Yakuza 3: 2007-2009
Some time after his successful defense of Kamurocho, Daigo becomes the Sixth Chairman of the Tojo Clan. Before Kiryu leaves for Okinawa in January 2007, he requests for Majima to be his right hand man, as he believes Daigo will not be easily accepted as the new chairman. At some point, Daigo meets Yoshitaka Mine after he joined the Nishikiyama Family under Tsuyoshi Kanda's leadership, and earns Mine's respect.
In March of 2008, Daigo visits Shigeru Nakahara and Kiryu along with Shoyo Toma and reveals that he had originally planned to acquire the land Nakahara owns for Ryuzo Tamiya to open a military base there (with Minister Suzuki insisting on building a resort instead), but did not account for Kiryu living on said land. He promises Kiryu that the land will remain untouched. In September that same year, he asks the Florist of Sai to look into Goh Hamazaki, whom he suspects wants the resort built.
One year later, due to his refusal to hand over Nakahara's land, Daigo is targeted for assassination by Joji Kazama of the CIA, and is shot by his accomplice, Andre Richardson, who is secretly part of Black Monday. His fate is left uncertain until Kashiwagi reveals that he has stashed him in a hospital to recover, but has not told anyone of Daigo's whereabouts.
Mine eventually finds his way to the hospital (as does Kiryu), and Mine prepares to kill Daigo out of compassion as he resents seeing him on life support. Kiryu defeats Mine, and Richardson and his men appear to finish them both off. To everyone's surprise, Daigo awakens and uses Mine's pistol to save the two from Black Monday. Although Richardson himself survives, Mine sacrifices himself and jumps off the roof with Richardson in tow. When Daigo asks if Mine was the traitor, Kiryu states that he would've never betrayed him.
Yakuza 4: 2010
Following the dissolution of the Hakuho Clan, the Tojo Clan veers into bankruptcy. After the death of Masaru Ihara at the hands of Hiroaki Arai, Isao Katsuragi is able to take advantage of the new developments to take advantage of Daigo. Daigo has Takeshi Kido secretly work for him and, pushed into a corner, joins forces with Seishiro Munakata in order to rebuild the ruins of the Tojo since Kiryu's departure from Kamurocho. As part of this collusion, Daigo sells out Goro Majima to the police.
Kido informs Daigo of Shun Akiyama's 100 billion yen, and Daigo has him use the money to lead Katsuragi to his death. His plan is hampered by the death of Yasuko Saejima, as now Kiryu and Taiga Saejima are staying in Kamurocho to fight. At the top of the Millennium Tower, Daigo is present with Kido, Arai, and Munakata when Kiryu, Akiyama, Saejima, and Masayoshi Tanimura arrive. Kiryu fights Daigo and apologizes for putting him in charge with little preparation.
Following Munakata's death, Majima is freed and Daigo resumes chairmanship of the Tojo. He is present at the inauguration of the Saejima Family.
Yakuza 5: 2012
With the completion of Kamurocho Hills, the Tojo Clan gains significant capital. However, the Omi Alliance is in need of a new Chairman with the current leader, Tsubasa Kurosawa gravely ill. Daigo seeks allies across Japan, from Nagoya to Fukuoka, sending his most trusted subordinates (including Goro Majima to Tsukimino) out to create treaties.
He meets with the leader of the Yamagasa Family, Tadashi Madarame, as planned, changing their meeting spot last minute in order to prevent an assassination attempt that he fears would have come to pass due to a suspected traitor in their midst; someone who is trying to sabotage the Tojo Clan. During this time, he arranges a chance conversation with Kiryu in order to give him a run-through of the situation, asking for his support.
Daigo then disappears suddenly, his subordinates believing that he has been kidnapped or killed. In reality he has left for Nagoya, seeking out his old classmate, Tatsuo Shinada. He appears in the alleyway near Shinada's house, offering ¥20,000,000 to repay his debts should he be able to reveal the truth behind his first and only pro baseball game.
Shinada calls him after learning of the Nagoya Family's true nature and history, allowing Daigo to confirm the Kuroha Family's involvement. Daigo then reveals his identity, promising that he'll negotiate for Shinada's lifetime ban to be lifted and have him reinstated. Shinada angrily refuses, saying that he won't accept any more yakuza meddling, and the two have a brawl, which ends in a draw. Daigo, impressed with Shinada's resolve allows him to accompany him to Kamurocho.
In Kamurocho, Daigo is able to save Kiryu, Saejima, Masaru Watase, and Naoki Katsuya from the mastermind Tsubasa Kurosawa, but his act of mercy towards Kurosawa causes him to be shot from behind by Kamon Kanai and rendered unconscious. He and Katsuya are taken to Touto University Hospital to recover, but they leave before making a full recovery to save Majima and Saejima from Kurosawa.
Yakuza 6: 2012-2017
At the roof of their hospital, Daigo and Kiryu have a talk. Daigo asks him why he is going to prison despite being able to easily dismiss charges, to which he replies he wants to be able to return to his family in peace. Daigo warns him that his children may be left alone for a long time depending on his sentence, but Kiryu has made up his mind.
Daigo is arrested for taking the fall for the fire in Little Asia, eventually being imprisoned in December 2016. He is released from prison at least one month later, along with his lieutenant advisors, Majima and Saejima thanks to Kiryu's negotiations. He is the one to receive Kiryu's last will and testament, wherein Kiryu admits that he has always seen Daigo as a son to him and apologizes for failing him as a father figure. Daigo proudly calls him his father in return. Despite the majority of the clan's wishes, he refuses to war with the Yomei Alliance, following Kiryu's wish.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon: 2017-2019
Some months after Daigo's release from prison, the upstart Ryo Aoki is elected as the Governor of Tokyo, soon implementing the Kamurocho 3K plan to crack down on crime in the area, specifically targeting the Tojo Clan. He threatens Masumi Arakawa to leak Tojo intel or he will have him arrested, but Jo Sawashiro suggests giving the intel in exchange for sparing the Arakawa Family. Arakawa passes the suggestion to Daigo, who sees an opportunity.
Both Daigo and Masaru Watase feel that the modern legal climate has made it too difficult for the yakuza to operate, and plan out the details to have the Kamurocho 3K Plan succeed in order to disband both the Tojo and the Omi, during which Watase is arrested and incarcerated. To that end, Daigo orders Arakawa to play traitor and sell out the Tojo. The Tokyo PD arrest Tojo officials and effectively force the entire Clan into exile, with the Omi Alliance supplanting them and Arakawa being named Acting Captain, allowing the Kansai power base to be split between Tokyo and Osaka.
Despite officials targeting the Clan, Daigo manages to flee Kamurocho, alongside Majima and Saejima, and the three of them hide with Nick Ogata's assistance. The 8th Omi Chairman approves of the plan, and preparations are complete by the day Watase is released from prison in 2019, and less resistance is present in Sotenbori. Ichiban Kasuga is told of the plan after impatiently barging in to the Omi Alliance HQ the day before dissolutions, and becomes an ally to protect Daigo and Watase after the announcement.
Watase, after arriving at Omi HQ, announces the dissolution of the Omi Alliance, with Daigo announcing the Tojo Clan dissolution afterwards. During the ensuing brawl, Watase is attacked, but protected by none other than Kiryu. When Daigo asks how he was found, Watase simply states that he was hired as a bodyguard and makes it clear Kiryu is acting undercover. Not long after the announcement, Arakawa is killed and Daigo and Watase are targeted for assassination, but they are protected by Kiryu, Majima, and Saejima.
After the deaths of both Arakawa and Aoki, Daigo attends their joint funeral service in Isezaki Ijincho, where he and Watase state they will form a security company based in Sotenbori for former Omi Alliance and Tojo Clan members, which Arakawa had been pegged to aid them with. They offer Kasuga a position at the company to help finish Arakawa's work, but Kasuga politely declines, choosing to instead continue Arakawa's work in his own way in Ijincho.
Ryu ga Gotoku Online
At the Time of Adversity: 1995-2006
Yakuza: Dead Souls
Daigo and the rest of the Tojo Clan are celebrating the grand opening of Kamurocho Hills when the zombie outbreak begins. By the time Majima reaches the building, Daigo has barricaded himself in a grocery store along with the rest of the survivors. He and Majima work together in order to push the droves of zombies away from the doors, and he accompanies Majima to Purgatory, where he stays until meeting Kiryu in the Children's Park later on.
He's featured in the substory The Sixth Chairman's Woes, where due to suspicions of a zombie infiltration of Kamurocho Hills, Majima suggests posing as a couple in order to lure them out. Daigo plays the part of the woman, much to his dismay (and Majima's amusement).
Daigo is a proficient fighter and has an incredible amount of strength. He seems to have a natural talent for fighting, as he was able to beat up multiple Kamuro Tech High students alone in a fight as a teenager. He was also able to contend with legendary yakuza juggernauts such as Ryuji Goda despite losing to him. Most notably, he was able to hold his own and fight quite evenly against Kiryu on two separate occasions, despite Kiryu winning both times. He was able to fight Tatsuo Shinada, someone who was quite equal to him in terms of strength, to a draw.
His most prolific ability is his effciency with firearms. Examples include killing Shindo with a pistol before the latter had a chance to shoot Kiryu, shooting Andre Richardson's bodyguards before shooting the gun out of Richardson's hand and then shooting him in the chest, shooting the gun out of Kurosawa's hand before fatally shooting six of his men, and using a pistol in his Poundmates summon.
Daigo is the first boss fight in Yakuza 2. He has high damage output; however, he does not have a large health bar or a great moveset, and can be defeated easily.
Daigo's moveset greatly resembles Kiryu's Dragon style; his Rush Combo is a left jab, a right gut punch, a left haymaker and a right reverse roundhouse kick. He can go into his Heat mode instantly when his first health bar has been halved. His combos become more aggressive; he has a combo that has a stun property that gives him the advantage to chain into another combo and he will perform long combo sequences if possible. He has a charging left haymaker and a flying right knee lunge, the latter of which is his running attack. His quickstep attacks can instantly stun. When his health is lowered even further, Daigo can enter a stronger version of his Heat mode that grants him the inability to be knocked down unless Kiryu does a special move. He uses Arai's leg grab counter and stays in Heat mode until his health is depleted.
Daigo uses the same moveset he has in Yakuza 4 with some new attacks added:
- He has a new 2-hit knockback.
- Daigo's grab properties have changed. The player can no longer grab him or interrupt his stance. The only way to interrupt his counter is by using weapon Heat Actions. He also gains an inescapable grab that can only be avoided by quickstepping or backing away.
Yakuza Kiwami 2
In Kiwami 2, he uses Yuta Usami's moveset but retains his own jumping knee attack from Yakuza 4 and 5.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Daigo can be unlocked as a part of the Poundmates system to aid Kasuga in battle. After Chapter 12 is complete, Kasuga can purchase the license to call Daigo from Kamulop via Tojo Clan Crests. In his attack, Daigo calls on the spirits of Sohei Dojima, Osamu Kashiwagi, Shintaro Kazama and Futoshi Shimano, before all five Tojo Clan legends open fire on the enemy with a variety of guns, potentially silencing enemy skills.
- During his fight with Shinada in the Japanese release of Yakuza 5, the song Wild Romance by Kyosuke Himuro plays during the fight, Himuro being the same musician who made the game's theme, Bloody Moon. However in the localized release, the track is replaced with an unreleased song, presumably composed by Mitsuharu Fukuyama.
- During the localization process, Daigo's poundmate summon was given the name "Guns of the Patriarchs", but the name was changed to avoid a reference to the Metal GearWP game Guns of the PatriotsWP.
- Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio. .BIN File — "character_model_model_data.bin". Yakuza: Like a Dragon. SEGA. PS4/PS5/XB1/XSX|S/PC. 2020.
- Scott Strichart. Twitter post. Jun 26, 2021, 16:30 UTC. https://twitter.com/TriggerRedd/status/1408824999020924929.
The first name for this I put in was “Guns of the Patriarchs” and I stopped and was like, why is that so cool and famili— NOOO. I couldn’t let this go down as a metal gear reference. Final name works well too but damn you Metal Gear