Police say number of people in organised crime syndicates fell below 60,000 for first time on record last year

Membership of Japan’s yakuza crime gangs falls to all-time low Agence France-Presse in Tokyo theguardian.com,              Thursday 6 March 2014 07.25 EST                 Members of the largest yakuza group, the Yamaguchi-gumi, at a funeral in the 1980s. Photograph: AP The number of people belonging to Japan‘s notorious yakuza crime groups fell to an all-time low…

Woman takes on Yakuza godfather over protection racket

Restaurant owner in Nagoya is seeking £120,000 from crime boss in landmark case   Paul Gallagher The Observer,              Saturday 24 August 2013 07.23 EDT Kenichi Shinoda, the boss of the Yamaguchi-gumi, photographed as he left jail in 2011.  Photograph: Getty Images     The Yamaguchi-gumi has spent almost a century building itself up into…

Is new yakuza journal good news for Japan?

by Jake Adelstein Aug 3, 2013 If you’re a well-connected Japanese gangster, you now have your own newspaper to keep you abreast of underworld life. Another perk of the job.Japan’s yakuza are a different lot. They have office buildings, business cards, fanzines, tight control over the entertainment industry — and considerable political influence. In October…

What every stressed yakuza mobster needs: A morale-boosting magazine

In-house tabloid offers tips on board games, haikus and a letter from the Yamaguchi-gumi outfit’s godfather David McNeill Wednesday, 10 July 2013 Japan’s biggest crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi, has produced an in-house tabloid magazine with features on fishing and board games and a morale-boosting message from the outfit’s godfather. The eight-page publication warns the syndicate’s…