|Affiliation:||Dojima Family (Former)
|Sibling(s):||Nishiki Akira (Sworn brother)|
|Significant other(s):||Yumi Sawamura|
|Children:||Haruka Sawamura (Adopted daughter)|
|Played by:||Tayaka Kuroda|
|First game:||Yakuza 1|
|Last game:||Yakuza 6|
The protagonist of the Yakuza series. A former member of the yakuza and fourth chairman of the Tojo Clan.
Kiryu had everything going well for him and rose in the hierarchy, earning the nickname "The Dragon of the Dojima Family" due to the dragon tattoo on his back. He had planned on starting his own subsidiary group until an event changed his life, where he took the blame for the murder of the Dojima Boss, Sohei Dojima, to protect his best friend, and was imprisoned for ten years. Before his release, he received a letter from Kazama, prompting him to return to the city.