Societal changes, gang infighting, and reduced tolerance has eroded the power of Japan's famous crime syndicates. But their downturn has also unleashed an outpouring of violence.
That’s right, it is with a heavy heart that we report that the Yamaguchi-gumi—Japan’s international crime syndicate—has just announced they will no longer be giving Kobe’s eager trick-or-treaters any deliciously festive candy.
Sorry kids. No candy this year.
Japan’s largest organized crime group, the Yamaguchi-gumi, has officially split, creating the potential for a gang war on a scale unseen in Japan for decades.
A member of Japan's Diet has called for an independent investigation into the vice chairman of the country's Olympic Committee and his alleged ties to organized crime.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will cost at least $5 billion, much of it in the form of lucrative construction contracts. And a single photo threatens to freeze out a powerful crime syndicate.
The Yamaguchi-gumi just launched a site that features a music video and strong anti-drug messaging. Will it work as a recruitment tool?