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  • Yakuza infighting puts nation on edge

    09/21/2015 8:04:02 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Sep 19, 2015 | Mark Schreiber
    Around the start of this year, the weekly magazines — Shukan Taishu, Asahi Geino and Shukan Jitsuwa in particular — were brimming with articles feting the centennial anniversary of the Yamaguchi-gumi, which had gone from being a small group of tough guys on the Kobe waterfront in 1915 to Japan’s largest designated criminal syndicate, with an estimated 23,000 members. Nine months later, the gang is back in the news, this time with stories about its big breakup. On Aug. 27, a total of 13 gang affiliates, based in Kobe, Awaji Island and other cities in Hyogo Prefecture, as well as...
  • Freepers, I give you 35 minutes of unadulterated, sword-slashing, blood-spurting MURDER!!! (vanity)

    04/15/2014 5:47:04 PM PDT · by Kolath · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04/21/2012 | kolath
    The exploits of the blind swordsman Ichi, the wandering "masseuse" and former Yakuza in a quest for redemption. Haunted by his pasted...hunted in the present....hesitant of his future.
  • Japan mob publishes magazine for gangsters

    07/10/2013 1:08:07 AM PDT · by rjbemsha · 7 replies
    Japan Today ^ | 10 July 2013 | AFP
    Japan’s biggest yakuza organised crime group has published a magazine for its members that includes a poetry page and senior gangsters’ fishing diaries, reports said Wednesday. The eight-page publication has been distributed among the Yamaguchi-gumi, a sprawling syndicate believed to have about 27,700 members, in a bid to strengthen unity in the group, the daily Sankei Shimbun reported.
  • 5 percent of prosthetic maker's clients former yakuza

    06/07/2013 1:59:36 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 2 replies
    upi ^ | June 7, 2013
    TOKYO, A Tokyo prosthetics maker said about 5 percent of his business comes from former members of yakuza -- the Japanese mafia -- seeking artificial pinkies. Shintaro Hayashi, who runs the Aiwa Gishi prosthetics company, said he started to see a spike in the demand for prosthetic pinkies about a decade ago and he discovered it was a result of the yakuza requiring members to sever portions of their fingers to atone for serious offenses against the organization, ABC News reported Friday. The finger-chopping ritual is known as "yubitsume." Hayashi said former members of the yakuza come to him for...
  • In a first, U.S. labels MS-13 street gang 'criminal organization'

    10/12/2012 7:21:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 11, 2012 | Sam Quinones and Andrew Blankstein
    Federal authorities Thursday designated the notorious Mara Salvatrucha MS-13 as a “transnational criminal organization,” giving federal authorities more tools to fight the street gang that has its roots in Los Angeles. Under the designation, federal officials said they can now seize assets of gang members found within the United States jurisdiction. The designation is the first for a U.S. street gang. Among the organizations similarly designated are Japan’s Yakuza and Mexico’s Zetas, whose leader, Heriberto Lazcano, was killed by Mexican Marines on Sunday. An armed gang later stole his body from a funeral parlor. ... MS-13 began among El Salvadoran...
  • Top Yakuza Member Released on $19 mil. Bail

    06/15/2012 8:07:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Tokyo Times ^ | Jun 13th, 2012
    Kiyoshi Takayama, considered to be the second most important man in the Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza group, was awarded a Y1.5 billion ($19 million) bail and could be freed ahead of his trial. Takayama, 64, is charged with extortion, being accused of taking some Y40 million from a construction company in 2005 and 2006. Currently he is in the hospital due to poor health according to press reports. The Yamaguchi-gumi is Japan’s biggest yakuza group. The yakuza engages in activities like gambling, prostitution and drugs, while conducting business through front companies. The yakuza gangs have long been tolerated by the Japanese authorities,...
  • Japan: How the Yakuza went nuclear (indispensable part of nuke industry?)

    02/23/2012 4:59:49 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 02/21/12 | Jake Adelstein
    How the Yakuza went nuclear What really went wrong at the Fukushima plant? One undercover reporter risked his life to find out By Jake Adelstein 11:30AM GMT 21 Feb 2012 /snip Tepco has long been a scandal-ridden company, caught time and time again covering up data on safety lapses at their power plants, or doctoring film footage which showed fissures in pipes. How was the company able to get away with such long-standing behaviour? According to an explosive book recently published in Japan, they owe it to what the author, Tomohiko Suzuki, calls “Japan’s nuclear mafia… A conglomeration of corrupt...
  • The Yakuza and the Nuclear Mafia: Nationalization Looms for TEPCO(to kick out mobs?)

    12/31/2011 2:10:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12/30/11 | Jake Adelstein
    The Yakuza and the Nuclear Mafia: Nationalization Looms for TEPCO Jake Adelstein 2,500 Views Dec 30, 2011 Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the monolithic corporation that controls all electric power in Greater Tokyo, and runs the Fukushima Daichii nuclear plant that experienced a triple meltdown following the March 11 earthquake, is on the brink of nationalization according to Japanese government sources. The official reason is that the firm may not be able to handle the massive compensation payments it owes to victims of the meltdown without going bankrupt. Unofficially, the firm has such long-standing ties to anti-social forces, including the...
  • Japan: Yakuza involved in Fukushima clean-up: reporter

    12/16/2011 1:26:18 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Japan Today ^ | 12/16/11
    Yakuza involved in Fukushima clean-up: reporter Crime Dec. 16, 2011 - 10:45AM JST TOKYO — A Japanese journalist who worked at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant this summer claimed Thursday that Japan’s yakuza crime syndicates were involved in supplying clean-up crews. “Roughly 10% of plant workers there were brought in through the mediation of the yakuza,” said Tomohiko Suzuki, 45, who has written a book based on his experience at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. “The yakuza are very much involved in this industry but they are not involved as people working on site,” Suzuki told reporters. “They are in charge...
  • Yakuza to the Rescue

    03/18/2011 7:23:51 PM PDT · by decimon · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | March 18, 2011 | Jake Adelstein
    Even Japan’s infamous mafia groups are helping out with the relief efforts and showing a strain of civic duty. Jake Adelstein reports on why the police don’t want you to know about it. Plus, more coverage of Japan’s crisis.The worst of times sometimes brings out the best in people, even in Japan’s “losers” a.k.a. the Japanese mafia, the yakuza. Hours after the first shock waves hit, two of the largest crime groups went into action, opening their offices to those stranded in Tokyo, and shipping food, water, and blankets to the devastated areas in two-ton trucks and whatever vehicles they...
  • Mobsters in Japan hit the books to beat new laws (suing Yakuza boss to ruin)

    09/13/2009 7:35:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies · 464+ views
    Mobsters in Japan hit the books to beat new laws ELIZABETH JACKSON: They're members of the biggest, meanest organised crime group in Japan. But these tattooed gangsters are being sent back to school by their godfathers. Under new laws, mob bosses can be sued for the misdeeds of their underlings. So the leaders of the feared Yamaguchi-gumi have begun testing their mobsters' knowledge of the laws.
  • In Japan, even mobsters bite the recession bullet(blew it all at financial market)

    04/28/2009 6:10:08 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 579+ views
    AFP ^ | 04/20/09
    In Japan, even mobsters bite the recession bullet AFP - Monday, April 20 TOKYO (AFP) - - They made their money with sex, drugs and gambling but then invested much of it in high finance. Now Japan's yakuza have their back to the wall as the economic crisis takes aim. Just like the legitimate businesses they have muscled into, Japan's mafia are being squeezed by the steepest economic downturn in decades, and as profits have plunged, management has been thinning out the ranks. One of the victims of the downturn is Taro Hiramatsu, a heavily tattooed retired gangster in his...
  • Report: UCLA gave transplant to Japanese gang boss

    05/30/2008 5:06:44 AM PDT · by decimon · 20 replies · 331+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2008 | In hiding
    LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles hospital provided liver transplants to four Japanese gang figures, including one of Japan's most powerful gang bosses, over a period when several hundred area patients died while awaiting transplants, according to a published report. The surgeries were performed at UCLA Medical Center by world-renowned liver surgeon Dr. Ronald W. Busuttil, executive chairman of UCLA's surgery department, the Los Angeles Times reported in a story posted on its Web site Thursday night. The Times cited a person familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity. The surgeries were performed between 2000 and 2004,...
  • Japan - Gangster sentenced to death over fatal shooting of Nagasaki mayor

    05/26/2008 12:21:39 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 167+ views
    Kyodo News (excerpt) ^ | May 26, 2008
    Excerpt - A 60-year-old gangster was sentenced to death Monday for fatally shooting Nagasaki Mayor Itcho Ito during his election campaign in April last year. Tetsuya Shiroo shot Ito, 61, twice with a pistol on the evening of April 17 near the mayor's election campaign office in front of JR Nagasaki station, according to prosecutors' closing argument at the Nagasaki District Court. Ito died six and a half hours later in hospital. The crime ''was extremely outrageous and heinous,'' Presiding Judge Yoshimichi Matsuo said. ''It infringed people's right to vote and destabilized democracy from its roots.'' ~ snip ~
  • Japan: Yakuza arrested for murder of Nagasaki mayor said 4th term would be 'unbearable'

    05/04/2007 4:53:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 383+ views
    Yakuza arrested for murder of Nagasaki mayor said 4th term would be 'unbearable' NAGASAKI -- The yakuza under arrest for gunning down former Nagasaki Mayor Itcho Ito during his election campaign committed the crime to prevent the mayor from being re-elected to a fourth term, local police allege. "It'd be unbearable to see the former mayor re-elected to a fourth term," Tetsuya Shiroo, 59, was quoted as telling investigators. Shiroo harbored a grudge against Ito after the introduction of an anti-gang public works policy, and a dispute with the municipal government over a demand for compensation after a car accident...
  • Japanese Mayor (of Nagasaki) Killed by Mobster

    04/17/2007 7:33:44 PM PDT · by Clemenza · 24 replies · 796+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 4/18/07 | Hiroko Tabuchi
    The mayor of the Japanese city of Nagasaki was shot to death in a brazen attack Tuesday by an organized crime chief apparently enraged that the city refused to compensate him after his car was damaged at a public works construction site, news agencies reported. The shooting was rare in a country where handguns are strictly banned and only four politicians are known to have been killed since World War II. Mayor Iccho Ito, 61, was shot twice in the back at point-blank range outside a train station Tuesday evening, Nagasaki police official Rumi Tsujimoto said. One of the bullets...
  • First Attack by Al Qaeda in Japan?

    02/12/2007 2:46:25 PM PST · by texas_mrs · 22 replies · 852+ views
    ABC News via Drudge ^ | 2/12/07 | Alexis Debat and Maddy Sauer
    There was a scare today at a U.S. military base outside Tokyo when two small explosions occurred shortly after 11 p.m. there. While no one was injured, investigators are looking at the possibility that it was an attempted terrorist attack. Intelligence reports in Japan and Pakistan suggest al Qaeda has established a small but powerful presence in Japan, which leads some wondering whether or not today's events are the first attempt at an attack by al Qaeda in Japan. Pakistani intelligence sources tell ABC News they have had several reports that Pakistani militant organizations working with al Qaeda had established...
  • A “Yakuza War” has started in Central Tokyo

    02/06/2007 8:51:13 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 42 replies · 2,526+ views
    Stippy ^ | 2/7/07
    Yesterday morning at 10am in the well-to-do area of Tokyo’s Nishi Azabu, a member of one Yakuza gang (the Yamaguchi-gumi, 山口組) shot and killed a very senior member (a 幹部 or kanbu, which roughly translates to “director”) of another Yakuza gang (the Sumiyoshi-kai, 住吉会) on the side of the main road between Roppongi and Shibuya, all in broad daylight. This has lit a match of dangerous and lethal proportions, escalating a rift that has been brewing in Tokyo for some time now, starting the much feared “Yakuza war” in central Tokyo, that many have been predicting since the end of...
  • Yakuza (Japan Mafia) beg for anti-gang film to be banned to prevent discrimination

    07/15/2006 9:49:00 AM PDT · by llevrok · 3 replies · 248+ views
    KITAKYUSHU -- A yakuza gang has asked the local education board not to show schoolchildren an anti-gang video local police are producing for fear it will lead to discrimination of gangsters' children, it was learned Saturday. The Kitakyushu Municipal Board of Education is wondering how to respond to the request. "The video is still being produced, and we haven't decided whether to distribute them to schools. We'll consult with police and other relevant organizations before deciding how to respond to the request," a board official said. Fukuoka Prefectural Police's Kitakyushu regional anti-gang headquarters denied that it would constitute discrimination. "If...
  • New York Mob Indictment Charges 32 People

    02/23/2006 1:56:49 PM PST · by Calpernia · 44 replies · 1,825+ views
    1010 WINS ^ | Feb 23, 2006 1:44 pm US/Eastern
    A federal indictment unsealed Thursday charges 32 people with racketeering crimes, including people described as the acting boss, members and associates of the Genovese organized crime family. The 42-count indictment says the defendants engaged in crimes for more than a decade. Those crimes include murder, violent extortion of individuals and businesses, labor racketeering, obstruction of justice, narcotics trafficking, money laundering and firearms trafficking. Federal prosecutors planned to release details at a noon news conference.
  • Forecaster theory of mobsters causing Katrina labeled ridiculous

    09/21/2005 3:01:29 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 66 replies · 2,030+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | September 21, 2005
    IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - An Idaho weatherman says Japan's Yakuza mafia used a Russian-made electromagnetic generator to cause Hurricane Katrina in a bid to avenge itself for the Hiroshima atom bomb attack - and that this technology will soon be wielded again to hit another U.S. city.Meteorologist Scott Stevens, a nine-year veteran of KPVI-TV in Pocatello, said he was struggling to forecast weather patterns starting in 1998 when he discovered the theory on the Internet. It's now detailed on Stevens' Web site,, the Idaho Falls Post Register reported.Scientists discount Stevens' claims as ludicrous."I have been doing hurricane research for...
  • Odd News From the Russian Front

    09/11/2005 4:28:46 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 13 replies · 848+ views
    The Morning Paper | 09/11/05 | vanity
    Odd News From the Russian Front I was glancing through Russian news sites today, and came across some odd stories. The oddest of all came from ---------------------------- Pocatello, Idaho : Meteorologist Scott Stevens , who is Weather Anchor for NBC News Channel 6 in Idaho, claims Japanese Yakuza gangsters used KGB-invented electromagnetic storm generators , broadcasting signals from ground-based microwave transmitters to create Hurricane Katrina, and to steer it into the Louisiana/Mississippi Gulf region. But-but----WHY ? It seems the Yakuza wanted to make a fortune in the Commodities Market, AND, while they were at it, pay back the United States...
  • Yakuza daughter rises above her background

    05/04/2005 1:24:54 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 13 replies · 1,476+ views
    The Asahi Shimbun ^ | 30 April 2005 | Sayaka Yakushiji
    Everyone has a secret. Shoko Tendo's secret is sensitive to the touch; sensitive to the light of prying eyes. She keeps it hidden. But the moon knows. It loves the dragons that dance on her arm; it caresses her back and the geisha with the dagger in her mouth. From the base of her neck to tips of her toes, the moon bathes her tattoos in its light and reveals secrets of its own. In the light of day, the 37-year-old woman has received recognition after her autobiography ``Yakuza na Tsuki'' (Yakuza moon) was published last year. Despite an initial...
  • Report: Japan sex industry ensnares Latin women

    04/29/2005 10:53:08 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 65 replies · 11,317+ views
    cnn ^ | 4-29-05
    LIMA, Peru (AP) -- At least 1,700 women from Latin America and the Caribbean are lured each year into sexual slavery in Japan's huge illicit sex industry, according to a new report. A team of researchers hired by the Organization of American States found that most of the women come from Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico and Peru. The team of researchers -- led by Phillip Linderman, an expert on loan from the U.S. State Department -- presented the "Rapid Assessment Report" to an international seminar on human trafficking sponsored by Peru's Foreign Ministry on Friday. The OAS analysis was culled...
  • N. Korea: Drug Sold Domestically For Kim's Fund(regime pushing drug - PART II)

    04/13/2005 5:23:24 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 639+ views
    The Daily NK ^ | 04/12/05 | Lee Young-hwa
    /begin my translationDrug Sold Domestically For Kim Jong-il's Fund [Japanese Expert Analysis-Part II] S. Korean Government Agency Report On "Rising Drug Use of N. Koreans" [ 2005-04-12 18:38 ] N. Korean drug seized by Australian Special Units in 2003 A recent report prepared by a S. Korean government agency has the following headline:"Recently, the use of METH is suddenly rising at N. Korean border area. N. Korean authorities as well as Chinese is raising their concern." The report accurately analyzes why N. Korean drug market has gotten so big. Intense Competition Between State Security and Security Command There are two...
  • N. Korea: Drug Addiction On the Rapid Rise(regime pushing drug - PART I)

    04/12/2005 8:40:46 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 989+ views
    The Daily NK ^ | 04/11/05 | Lee Young-hwa
    /begin my translation N. Korea: Drug Addiction On the Rapid Rise Last Year [Analysis By Lee Young-hwa] [Japanese Expert Analysis: Part I] Overseas sale blocked by PSI; outfits such as N. Korean security now resorting to domestic sale [ 2005-04-11 16:20 ] N. Korean spy ship sunk in Japanese water in Dec., 2002 <photo: Yonhap News> Recently, drug addicts in N. Korea are rapidly increasing. According to some experts, the  drug addction in some border area (with China)  is so widespread that it reminds them of waning days of Ching Dynasty(translator's note: late 19th century China.)N. Korea is the only country...
  • Japan: Aging Yakuza...Growing Pension Burden Pushes Up The Cut

    08/28/2004 7:59:14 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 510+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 08/27/04 | Choi Heub
    /begin my translationAging Yakuza...Growing Pension Burden Pushes Up The Cut Choi Heub 08/27/04 In the Japanese organized crime syndicates known as Yakuza, many of their members are aging, which increased their pension burden on the organization. As a result, the organizations are forced to demand more cut from their members, Yomiuri Shimbun reported on Aug. 27. At Yamaguchi-mi, the largest organization, the average age of 'second organization' unit boss (note: similar to a Capo in Mafia) is now 62, which prompted the organization to send the urgent calls for securing enough funds for their pension. It has pushed up, by...
  • Bush-Cheney '04 Launches New Ad (Yakuza)

    07/01/2004 4:21:50 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 18 replies · 333+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | July 1, 2004
    ARLINGTON, VA – Today, Bush-Cheney '04 released the campaign's newest television ad, "Yakuza."  The ad examines John Kerry's strategy to win the War on Terror.Script for "Yakuza"VOICE OVER:  John Kerry says he's 'Author of a strategy to win the war on terror?'...Against the Japanese yakuza.VOICE OVER:  Never mentions Al-Qaeda.  Says nothing about Osama Bin Laden.VOICE OVER:  Calls Yasser Arafat a "statesman."VOICE OVER:  The New Republic says Kerry's plan "misses the mark."  And Kerry's focus?  Global crime, not terrorism.  How can John Kerry win a war if he doesn't know the enemy?
  • Kerry Campaign Not Happy with Bush Latest Ad (Good!)

    07/01/2004 1:55:17 PM PDT · by The Bandit · 41 replies · 505+ views
    NewsWire ^ | 7/1/04 | Kerry Campaign
    "This ad illustrates why George W. Bush is facing the worst poll numbers of his presidency and losing the confidence of the American people. It's as if he doesn't understand the depth and breadth of the terrorism challenges we face. In the nine months before September 11th, this President didn't have a single cabinet-level meeting on terrorism. But four years before September 11th, John Kerry wrote a book on the impending threat of international terrorism and how to take it on. The facts speak for themselves." ------ BUSH-CHENEY AD FACT CHECK Long Before Bush Became Governor or President, John Kerry...
  • Microsoft's Tokyo offices raided

    02/26/2004 1:50:19 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 31 replies · 145+ views
    BBC News ^ | February 26, 2004
    Officials from Japan's fair trade watchdog have raided Microsoft's Tokyo offices on suspicion that the US giant violated Japanese anti-monopoly laws. A Microsoft spokeswoman confirmed that the Fair Trade Commission had inspected the company's Japan headquarters, but denied any wrongdoing. The commission said it believed the US giant had attached unfair conditions when signing software deals. It said Microsoft sought restrictive contracts with Japanese computer firms. Multimedia complaints The Fair Trade Commission alleges that Microsoft insists that if the companies - such as NEC, Hitachi and Sony - want to pre-install its Windows software on their computers, they must...