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Uyoku Dantai: Japan's Growing Far-Right Movement

Talking to Japanese right-wing activists about the movement and their ties to the Yakuza.

There are over 1,000 right-wing nationalist groups, or Uyoku dantai, in Japan today, with over 100,000 total members. Uyoku dentai are often seen driving around in their black propaganda vans, staging protests outside Chinese, Korean and Russian embassies and demanding ownership of places like the Senkaku and Kuril Islands. We caught up with Masaya Kudo, a right-wing activist and leader of his own group, Nihon-no-Kai, as he explained his philosophies and concerns regarding the right-wing movement today and their ties to the Yakuza.