"I'm gonna get the 10 billion yen... and lead the Tojo Clan. Then I'm gonna take what's mine..Yumi. And. I'll be in control of my destiny for the first time!"
Akira Nishikiyama (錦山 彰, Nishikiyama Akira) Akira Nishkiyama,born October 8, 1968, known simply as "Nishiki" in English versions of the first three games and by his original name since Yakuza 4, is the former best friend of Kiryu and one of the main antagonists of Yakuza 1. He leads the Nishikiyama Family as its inaugural Chairman.
Along with his sister Yuko, Kazuma Kiryu and Yumi Sawamura, Nishikiyama grew up in Shintaro Kazama's Sunflower Orphanage. He is refereed as Nishiki for short by his best friend Kiryu.
At age of 17, he has joined world of Yakuza into Doujima Clan along with his best friend Kiryu Kazuma, despite excessive protest from Shintaro Kazama. To contrary to Kiryu's motivation for joining Yakuza was to "help Boss Kazama and carry on his will", Nishiki's motivation appeared more as instant self gratification due to expensive clothes and cars his was purchasing, as well as he had a reputation of rear-end kissing to executives in his early years.
Yakuza 0 Edit
Nishiki give the beer glass to Kiryu when he entered in at Serena as Nishiki was with Reina. Nishiki ask Kiryu if he make his own family and scoffs stating Kiryu always ahead out of him after talking about Dojima and Fuma.. Nishiki explains his sister in hospital that operation is her last soon. Nishiki and Kiryu look at Yumi returning in join them. Nishiki,Kiryu and Yumi were having drinking fun before Kiryu fall sleeping. Nishiki and Yumi vanished. Nishiki happened coming after Dojima who kidnapped Yumi to the office. Nishiki rescue Yumi but also killing Dojima in accident when Dojima harmed Yumi. as Kiryu enters in before them.
Nishiki was actually the one responsible for the death of Sohei Dojima, but reluctantly allowed Kiryu to take the fall for it so he could tend to his ill sister near her death.
When Kiryu returns to Kamurocho, he finds that Nishikiyama has not only started his own subsidiary group, but he has changed into a cold, heartless man completely unlike his former self.
He has a koi tattooed on his back. He tries to kill Kiryu on several occasions. When Kiryu escaped the funeral of Sera of Tojo Clan.before noticing Nishiki,Nishiki smirks before walking away.
Nishiki learned Kiryu went to meeting the tattoos artist from Reina and calling Kiryu to ask him if he learn about Mizuki's body. Nishiki wish to meet him in private at Serena. Nishiki and Kiryu finally meet again after 10 years.
Nishiki explained that killing Mizuki wasn't supposed to happen when some of them disobeyed his order to let Mizuki alive instead Nishiki found her dead. Nishiki angers stating who told him to kill Mizuki before shooting two men down. He throws the gun down before slamming the door behind his men. Nishiki state that he learned Yumi had older sister,Mizuki and watching her everything that she opened a bar Ares in Millennium Tower. Nishiki showed Kiryu Yumi's ring from crime scene. Nishiki explain that the war are coming between tojo clan and teling Kiryu cannot stop him than Nishiki handle himself. Nishiki ask Kiryu to trust him to hand the pendant. Nishiki also learned Yumi has niece named Haruka who had the pendant and ordering Kiryu to give him Haruka and the pendant to take 10 billion. Kiryu refused, but when Nishiki reveal that he betray Kiryu before betraying Fuma in order to shot him.Nishiki said he was crazy before he did it. Kiryu angers punching Nishiki down. Nishiki states Fuma wasn't dead yet and tracking Shinji with a bug after years 10 he learned not trust anyone. Kiryu refused again and never let Nishiki have Haruka nor involved in her for the war. Nishiki signs hoping Kiryu and him could work again but as he see they're brothers no longer anymore before slamming the door. Nishiki let his men to kill Kiryu at Serena.
In Chapter 10, it is revealed that Reina, the owner of Serena and former ally of Kiryu, was a mole for Nishikiyama. Because she was in love with him she betrayed her friends, but later regrets it and tries to kill Nishikiyama. She fails and is killed by Arase on a rooftop.
Finally, in chapter 13, Nishikiyama reveals that he knew Jingu was trying to use him. After his best friend went to prison and the loss of his sister, he has never trusted anyone since. He reveals his romantic feelings towards Yumi, and that he that was jealous of Kiryu because she loves him, not Nishikiyama. Wanting to surpass Kiryu, he has made sacrifices and numerous betrayals in order to claim the 10 billion yen so that he may become the Tojo Clan's fourth chairman. With that realised, he will claim Yumi for himself. Yumi asks Nishikiyama if he is truly happy with the things he's done because of his obsession, that he has failed to confront his inner problems. Nishikiyama scolds Yumi for not falling in love with the person he is, which makes Yumi cry. Kiryu then tells Nishikiyama how he and Yumi are not irreplaceable for him. He couldn't change the hurt and pain from the past, even if he wanted to.
Then Kiryu says that they both must settle this feud once and for all. Nishikiyama accepts this final showdown with his former best friend Kiryu, both removing their shirts to display their yakuza tattoos on their backs - the Dragon and the Koi. They fight to the bitter end but Kiryu eventually wins. After Jingu shoots Yumi while trying to kill Kiryu, Nishikiyama redeems himself by stabbing Jingu with a knife to save Kiryu, only to blow up himself alongside with the 10 billion yen and Jingu.
Yakuza 2 Edit
Kiryu pays his respects to his deceased friend at his grave, along with his foster father and Yumi, in future games.
Yakuza 3 Edit
Fighting Style Edit
- So far, Nishiki is the only unplayable character to appear on install screen, also the third last boss character to appear on it, the first one being Majima Goro and the second is Goda Ryuji in Yakuza: Dead Souls.