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Yakuza membership hits all-time low

By David Amoruso

The Yakuza is not doing so great. According to Japan’s National Police Agency, the total membership in Yakuza organized crime groups dropped below 60,000 for the first time since police started keeping records. Last year, all the Yakuza groups combined had 58,600 members, down from about 63,200 in 2012.

Membership has been going down for…

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Yakuza - Overview

The Japanese Yakuza is one of the more traditional Organized Crime groups. The Yakuza are the main power in Japan and have branched out to other Asian countries, the United States, Canada and parts of Europe. However Japan remains their main stronghold. The Yakuza are active in gambling, drugs, prostitution,…

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Yakuza Clan Boss And Members Pose For Photographer

By David Amoruso

The Japanese Yakuza has always lent itself perfectly for visually stunning movies and anime comics. The broad-shouldered gangsters wearing expensive suits and sporting intimidating looks at any outsider who dares to cross an invisible red line. Yet, it is without their suits that the Yakuza members truly become a visual menace.…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 11, 2012 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Organized Crime Test: Japan's Mob Needs Gangsters With Brains!



By Clarence Walker, Investigative Crime Journalist



Intelligent gangsters wanted: Any guys out there ready to work in the underworld?



If so, Japan's organized crime syndicates need immediate assistance. They need extra muscle to run prostitution rings, drug trafficking, collect debts, assassinating rivals and shaking down bar owners. To join this outfit - a candidate might think a blood oath must be taken, as with the La Cosa… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 10, 2010 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Yakuza Boss Retires



By Hollander (regular poster at the Mobbed Up Forum)

Posted in 2005

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Sources: The Japan times, Kyodo News, Mainichi Daily News and webpage THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN JAPAN.



The Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan's largest underworld gang has been thrown into chaos and uncertainty following leader Yoshinori Watanabe's announcement late 2004 that he would "take a… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 4, 2010 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Underworld Fued in Japan

By Hollander (regular poster at the Mobbed Up Forum)

First posted in 2002

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In 2001 there have been a series of incidents amongst Hatsuka-kai yakuza, most notably the shooting of two Sumiyoshi-kai executives by Inagawa-kai members at a funeral in Tokyo. The Hatsuka-kai is an association promoting good inter-group relations between the major…

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Yakuza Boss: Kakuji 'Seijo' Inagawa



By Hollander (a poster to the Gangsters Inc. Mobbed Up forum)

Posted on August 10, 2008

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Japanese gangster Kakuji 'Seijo' Inagawa was best known for founding a notorious yakuza syndicate based in the Tokyo-Yokohama region. The Inagawa-kai has around 9,500 members, divided into over 300 gangs, and thousands of associates. It was one of the first yakuza groups to expand its operations to outside of… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 3, 2010 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Yakuza Boss: Kenichi Shinoda



By Hollander (Poster to the Mobbed Up forum)

Posted on February 27, 2007

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In July 2005 Watanabe was effectively dismissed from his position and replaced by Kenichi Shinoda as the sixth-generation boss (kumicho) of the Yamaguchi-gumi.



Kenichi Shinoda, in yakuza circles known as Shinobu Tsukasa, was born January 25, 1942. He is a more aggressive and… Continue

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Yakuza Boss: Hisayuki Machii



By Hollander (poster to the Mobbed Up forum)

Posted on February 22, 2007

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The Korean yakuza are a powerful presence in Japan, despite the fact that Koreans suffer discrimination in Japanese society. Although Japanese-born people of Korean ancestry are a significant segment of the Japanese population, they are still considered resident aliens. But Koreans,… Continue

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Yakuza Boss: Yoshinori Watanabe



By David Amoruso

Posted in 2001

Updated in 2005

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Yoshinori Watanabe was born in 1941 in the Tochigi prefecture north of Tokyo. Watanabe was born into a big farming family and had a pretty good life. After finishing middle school he moved to Tokyo and worked in restaurants making noodles. After a couple of years he had had enough and moved to Kobe where… Continue

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Yakuza Boss: Kazuo Taoka



By David Amoruso

Posted in 2001

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Kazuo Taoka was boss of the most powerful Yakuza Family in Japan: The Yamaguchi Gumi. He was the toughest and most feared Yakuza boss Japan ever had and under his reign the Yamaguchi Gumi grew more powerful than ever before. Kazuo is considered the most succesful Yakuza boss ever. But like most crime bosses Kazuo Taoka also… Continue

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Yakuza Boss: Yoshio Kodama



By David Amoruso

Posted in 2001

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Yoshio Kodama was born in 1911 and grew up in a poor family and spent most of his childhood living with relatives in Korea. At an early age Kodama showed much interest in politics and at age 21 started his own right wing ultra nationalist political group, the main objective of this group was to assassinate the prime minister… Continue

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