Born June 17, 1968 raised in an orphanage in the 1970s. His parents were killed by Shintaro Kazama, who then became a father figure to Kazuma and his friend Akira Nishiki.
In the first game in the series, he took the blame for the murder of his Family boss, Sohei Dojima, and was imprisoned for ten years. He was released and found the entire Kamurocho underworld in chaos due to a conspiracy.
In the second game, 6 months after the events of the first game, the fifth Chairman of the Tojo Clan, Yukio Terada, is assassinated. He is once again plunged in to a conspiracy regarding the Tojo clan that involves the massacre of the Korean Jingweon Mafia from 20 years ago.
In the third game, Kiryu abandons his yakuza life and runs an orphanage. Reluctantly he gets pulled in when a conspiracy over a land deal threatens the orphanage, and heads back to Kamurocho to deal with the problem, only to get in over his head, and find himself in another Yakuza family war.
In the fourth game, Kiryu is still running his beach side orphanage, but finds himself drawn into yet another convoluted series of events when convicted murderer Taiga Saejima washes onto the aforementioned beach. He travels once again to Kamurocho, meets up with the game's other protagonists, and classic Yakuza action ensues.
Yakuza: Dead Souls
In the zombie themed spin-off Dead Souls, Kiryu (unsurprisingly) finds himself fighting for his life within the bowls of Kamurocho. His special weapon is an anti-material rifle.
Ryu ga Gotoku 5
While the fifth main entry in the series has yet to be confirmed for release outside of Japan (and thus receive the Yakuza name), it has been confirmed that Kiryu will be one of the playable characters in the game. Little is currently known about Kiryu's role in the game, aside from him now being a cab driver. It is unknown why (or if) he abandoned the orphanage he worked so hard to build and maintain. It is, however, known that there will be driving in the game, though likely only in the form of quick time events, and not real time player controlled driving.
This is according to Kazuma Kiryu's blog in Yakuza 3.
Date of Birth: 6/17/1968
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