25-year-old Sayama is a lead detective of the Osakan police. Sayama's works within Division 4 earned her the nickname "The Yakuza Huntress".
Daughter of Jiro Kawara and a Korean named Suyeon, later raised by a snack bar owner named Tamiyo Sayama.
She originally studied programming at college as a way of getting into the police force (as part of their hi-tech crimes division), but requested a transfer as soon as she was established and rose through the ranks quickly, promoted to division lieutenant after only four years in the force.
Yakuza 2 Edit
She is initially ordered to take Kiryu into protective custody, during which she can follow the Tojo Clan's activities. The two end up becoming temporary allies and form an unexpected friendship.
During the course of the game, she begins to develop romantic feelings towards Kiryu. She believes she may be a Jingweon survivor, but eventually discovers she is really the child of the Jingweon boss' wife and Jiro Kawara, also making her Ryuji's half-sister.
Yakuza 3 Edit
At the start of the third game, Kaoru Sayama meets Kiryu at the graveyard and tells him that she's leaving Japan to receive training in the United States. She suggests that her and Kiryu should follow their own paths for the next few years, but lets Kiryu know she will come back to Japan one day.
While she plays no further role in the game, completing special tasks will prompt a text message from Sayama to come through on Kiryu's phone.
She has black hair that she wears in a low bun, a beauty mark below her lips, and wears a typical black formal dress suit.
Initially, she showed a hint of hostility towards Kiryu, but over the course of the game, she mellows out, and forms a good relationship with Kiryu, to the point of later developing strong romantic feelings towards him.
Fighting Style Edit
- She is the only character in the franchise who shares an on-screen kiss with Kiryu. They share a kiss twice in Yakuza 2/Yakuza Kiwami 2.
- Her nickname is set to be revised in Kiwami 2.