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Koji Shindo (新藤 浩二, Shindō Kōji) is a minor antagonist in Yakuza/Yakuza Kiwami and a major antagonist in Yakuza 2/Yakuza Kiwami 2. He is the former captain and second patriarch of the Nishikiyama Family.



In Yakuza/Yakuza Kiwami, Shindo has a slicked-back hazel hair. and wears a pale gray 3-button 2-piece suit over white dress shirt, with matching pale gray dress pants and black dress shoes.

In Yakuza 2/Yakuza Kiwami 2, his haircut is a slicked-back undercut.


In Yakuza/Yakuza Kiwami, Shindo wears a pale gray 3-button 2-piece suit over white dress shirt, with matching pale gray dress pants and black dress shoes.

In Yakuza 2/Yakuza Kiwami 2, he wears a black and white suit, similar to his former patriarch's attire.


Shindo's is highly loyal to his patriarch, having joined the yakuza out of respect for him and a desire to be part of his organized crime project. This is reflected both in Shindo's clothing choices, as well as the grudge he holds against Kiryu for causing Nishikiyama's death, even calling Kiryu out as being responsible for the ensuing internal chaos that took over the Tojo Clan. At one point though, he had a degree of respect for Kiryu - in the first game, he refers to him by his rank in the Dojima Family (lieutenant). He goes as far as defying clan orders in order to satisfy his resentment, indicating that Shindo places loyalty before reason. That said, he is also covertly ambitious, seeing himself as worthy of leading the Tojo Clan, and this causes him to betray them to Sengoku.

Shindo is also rather perverted, making it clear that he has deep feelings for Yayoi Dojima; to this end, he sexually assaults her in front of the other Tojo officers. This underlines a sense of entitlement about him, as he believes that what he wants, he is free to take, remarking that Yayoi "cannot escape" him.

Despite his pretentions, he is revealed to be very underhand in battle, favoring sneak attacks from behind and running off when outmatched.


Yakuza/Yakuza Kiwami: 2005[]

Shindo serves as the captain of the Nishikiyama Family. He is first seen when Akira Nishikiyama shoots two of his own men dead for killing someone who appeared to be Mizuki Sawamura. Later he is seen again with Nishikiyama planning the ambush of Kazuma Kiryu at Serena. He then fights Kiryu at the Serena Backlot with a katana, and is defeated.

Yakuza 2/Yakuza Kiwami 2: 2006[]

Following Nishikiyama's death, Shindo takes over the Nishikiyama Family. After absorbing a majority of the Shimano Family and other senior members of the Tojo Clan, Shindo finds himself as the most influential figure in the Tojo Clan, leading half of the clan's members in his family.

Learning about Nishikiyama's death, Shindo disobeys the acting Tojo Clan chairwoman Yayoi Dojima's orders to aid Kiryu against the Go-Ryu Clan and the Jingweon Mafia. He also wanted to sell the Tojo Clan to the Sengoku Family, to be the next chairman after Yukio Terada's supposed death and marry Yayoi, even sexually assaulting her on several occasions.

After Shindo's ambitions and betrayal come to light, Kiryu fights him in a brawl in the Tojo Clan Headquarters. After being supposedly defeated, he tries to sneak-attack Kiryu from behind in the meeting room, but is soundly beaten after a second fight. When Yayoi expels him from the Tojo Clan, Shindo reaches for a gun, but Daigo Dojima outdraws him, shooting him dead.

Fighting Style[]

Shindo is a highly proficient swordsman, always wielding a katana in battle. He relies on speed and technique to quickly cut down his foes.


Shindo uses Kiryu's trained sword moveset with some extra moves. His attacks are as follows:

  • a Rush Combo consisting of an upward left diagonal slash, a downward right diagonal slash, another upward left diagonal slash, and a spinning downward left diagonal slash; and
  • a low leftward horizontal slash.

Shindo's moveset is reused by Futoshi Shimano for his second fight in the same game.

Yakuza 2[]

Shindo uses a new moveset, much larger than the one he had in Yakuza. He can alternate between three different sword stances during his boss fight, each having different moves associated with them.

In his high stance, he assumes a jōdan-no-kamaeWP. His attacks include:

  • a combo consisting of an upward diagonal left slash, a downward diagonal right slash, another upward diagonal left slash, and a downward vertical slash; and
  • a downward diagonal left slash.

His middle stance is a chūdan-no-kamaeWP. His attacks are listed below:

  • his Rush Combo from the first game,
  • a lunging downward diagonal left slash,
  • a leaping downward slash, and
  • a charged low upward diagonal left slash.

He switches to a migi-gedan-no-kamaeWP in his low stance. His attacks consist of:

  • a charged upward diagonal left slash-charged downward diagonal right slash combo, and
  • a charged downward diagonal left slash as a guard reversal.

His attack aura is white, and his katana has a white afterimage effect when he changes stance.

Yakuza Kiwami[]

Shindo uses Okada Izo's moveset from Ryu Ga Gotoku Ishin!. He also has Kiryu's taunt from his Dragon of Dojima style. His health-recovery state can only be broken with the Essence of Extreme Rush Heat Action.

His aura is blue, and his attack trails are royal blue.

Yakuza Kiwami 2[]

Shindo uses Ito Kashitaro's moveset from Ryu Ga Gotoku Ishin! with his unused feinting slash attack, as well as some extra moves of his own. These include the following:

  • an upward diagonal left slash as a guard reversal (used), followed by a spinning upward diagonal left slash (unused).

He emits a red aura in Heat Mode, like every other boss in Yakuza Kiwami 2.



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Ryu Ga Gotoku Online[]


  1. The given height of 195 cm (6′ 5″) is based on the character model's scaling factor within Yakuza Kiwami 2's data.[1] For Dragon Engine games, this method is believed to be very accurate (±2 cm). However, this is intended as an estimate, not a substitute for an official statistic.


  1. Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, “character_model_model_data” (.BIN file), Yakuza Kiwami 2 (2017; Tokyo: SEGAWP, 2018), PlayStation 4/Windows/Xbox One/Amazon Luna.