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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, construction, weaponsmuggling, extortion, money-laundering and blackmail.

The name "Yakuza" comes from the losing number set of the game oicho-kabu (a version of black jack). That number set: 8-9-3 is spoken as ya-ku-za. The word yakuza is therefor used to describe a person who is not appreciated by society, an outcast.

BOSSES:


Shigeharu Shirai (Boss of the Kodo-kai)
Kakuji "Seijo" Inagawa (founder of the Inagawa-kai)
Shinobu Tsukasa (sixth boss of the Yamaguchi-Gumi)
Hisayuki Machii (dead, natural causes)
Yoshinori Watanabe (retired boss of the Yamaguchi Gumi)
Kazuo "The Bear" Taoka (dead, natural causes)
Yoshio Kodama (dead, natural causes)

ARTICLES:

The Korean Underworld: From its birth to its rise and current state of criminal affairs
Yakuza gangsters arrested after assaulting men who told them to stop urinating in public
Yakuza bosses held liable for crime committed by underling
Home of Yakuza boss burglarized during New Year festivities
Yakuza on death row: Playing tricks until time’s up
Yakuza boss charged with ordering hit - Victim slashed with katana sword
Japan’s banks can reject loans to Yakuza gangsters
Japan’s Yakuza membership continues to rapidly decline
U.S. Treasury sanctions Yakuza groups and its bosses
Yakuza mob boss bludgeoned to death outside his home
Yakuza membership hits all-time low
Yakuza Clan Boss And Members Pose For Photographer
Underworld Feud in Japan
Yakuza Boss Retires
Japan's Mob Needs Gangsters With Brains!

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