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Yakuza: Japan's Criminal Underworld chapter 1 Yakuza: Japan's Criminal Underworld, meaning Yakuza: Japan's Criminal Underworld, genre Yakuza: Japan's Criminal Underworld, book cover Yakuza: Japan's Criminal Underworld, flies Yakuza: Japan's Criminal Underworld, Yakuza: Japan's Criminal Underworld 607f9b155f9ad Known For Their Striking Full Body Tattoos And Severed Fingertips, Japan S Gangsters Comprise A Criminal Class Eighty Thousand Strong Than Four Times The Size Of The American Mafia Despite Their Criminal Nature, The Yakuza Are Accepted By Fellow Japanese To A Degree Guaranteed To Shock Most Westerners Here Is The First Book To Reveal The Extraordinary Reach Of Japan S Mafia Originally Published In , Yakuza Was So Controversial In Japan That It Could Not Be Published There For Five Years But In The West It Has Long Served As The Standard Reference On Japanese Organized Crime, Inspiring Novels, Screenplays, And Criminal Investigations David E Kaplan And Alec Dubro Spent Nearly Two Decades Conducting Hundreds Of Interviews With Everyone From Street Level Hoodlums And Police To Japan S Most Powerful Godfathers The Result Is A Searing Indictment Of Corruption In The World S Second Largest EconomyThis Updated, Expanded, And Thoroughly Revised Edition Of Yakuza Tells The Full Story Of Japan S Remarkable Crime Syndicates, From Their Feudal Start As Bands Of Medieval Outlaws To Their Emergence As Billion Dollar Investors In Real Estate, Big Business, Art, And


10 thoughts on “Yakuza: Japan's Criminal Underworld

  1. says:

    When it comes to Japan, people are often eager to point to low violent crime rates to make a case for a harmonious, conflict less society Even portrayals of the Yakuza often invoke them as chivalrious gangsters merely following some old traditions, with the Yakuza themselves trying to point to Edo period romanticism or other PR gags to keep that image alive.Naturally though, any organised crime is going to be much seedy and sinister than that, and the scale and institutionalization of the Yakuza is mindboggling Rather than chivalrious, prominent godfathers such as Yoshio Kodama made their fortunes plundering Manchuria and dealing in opium during japanese occupation times, with a long history of anti communist activity, drug smuggling, human trafficking, union busting, physical assaults on leftists such as during the Narita airport protests, assassinations and debt collection since Especially horrendous was the Yakuza involvement in the Minamita scandal hired by one of the companies implicated to violently squash victims groups Like many parts of organised crime, there is a strong connection between mobsters and the far right, even open fascism.But what comes as an even greater shock is the complete openness with which they could operate for decades gangs openly listing their front offices with no attempts made to hide the mob connection, Eisenhower s motorcade in japan being protected by hired gangs and even japanese prime ministers being both made by and consorting with Yakuza godfathers At its peak counting roughly 100k members, the Yakuza seemed to have an omnipresence in society, even playing a very large role in the bubble economy both using extortionate squatting and land theft practices, delving into speculation, and even engaging in the particularily odd practice of threatening to disrupt shareholder meetings with embarassing revelations unless paid off The size of the debt the Yakuza accrued during the burst of the bubble the book alludes to is mindboggling.There are some other interesting sidenotes in the book though The japanese police not only having long shown an attitude of indifference as well as incompetence and even cooperation with the Yakuza, but also displaying direct sympathies to them as the weeding out process of leftists within the police hiring process gives it a very rightist outlook which probably accounts for the xenophobic attitude and famously anti immigrant violence the japanese police often indulges in.Additionaly, the japanese justice system ranks amongst the most backwards in the developed world, with most cases being solved by having confessions essentialy tortured out of suspects The japanese media, too, has not often delved into investigate reporting and when it did, it usually faced massive backlash, as can be seen here.But what also feeds into the mob power is the extreme xenophobia displayed in japanese society towards Koreans and Burakumin , who face strong discrimination that accounts for the disproportionate amount of them hired by the Yakuza, and opens up a market for human trafficking and sex slavery The book is fantastic and very recommended to everyone fascinated by organised crime or even with just an interest in the country, since it colors a picture of Japan extremely divergent from the standard.I ll close this review by pointing out that the deceased mobster Ryoichi Sasakawa sponsored a statue of himself carrying his sick mother on his back He also founded the Sasakawa Peace Foundation among others What none of those acknowledge, though, is that he also liked to call himself the world s wealthiest fascist.


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    I have to say that I found David E Kaplan and Alec Dubro s book on the yakuza, Yakuza Japan s Criminal Underworld, is a fascinating alternative modern history of Japan The book is framed in relation to what was seen as a growing yakuza threat in America, which I suspect has faded as the bubble has burst and Japan has stagnated It s fascinating to see how they evolved from professional gamblers who were trying to recoup salaries from landowners through gambling in the early days to running insider trading and money laundering.I find it disturbing that during the Occupation and for many years after yakuza right wing groups were supported by the US government to fight communist groups in Japan during the cold war era Then again the US got in bed with many despicable characters during this period in the name of fighting communism.Then there was the Lockheed scandal in which the company used right wing mob connections to secure contracts from the Japanese government.Further, businesses used the yakuza as strike breakers and later to intimidate and break up shareholder meetings to avoid owning up to misdeeds like in the case of the Miamata poisoning, Chisso used thugs to prevent the victims from getting compensation and an official apology just disgusting behavior from the corporations.Japan is famous for it s safe, crime free society But, as this book proves, there must be a pervasive acceptance of crime and corruption for groups like the yakuza to become so entrenched in the society up to the highest levels of commerce and sometimes government I guess the yakuza sometimes were seen as a policing force, but there dabbling in the meth trade, child pornography, extortion, sexual slavery, and other shameless criminal activities make them societies scourge and parasites It s easy to see why some directors like Kurosawa and Itami wanted to satirize them for their evil ways I found this to be a fascinating book that is probably overly academic and extremely well researched and perhaps slightly out of date Jake Adelstein seems to be on his way to bringing the world up to date on the yakuza activities that are dropped off from in the late 90s and early 00s in this book with books like his latest Tokyo Vice.


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    The Yakuza are one of the most fascinating criminal organizations in the world Authors David E Kaplan and Alec Dubro work to sort the fact from the fiction Separating the lies that they re the descendants of exiled samurai from their true origins as gambler groups working with street peddlers that became incredibly powerful post Mejii Restoration The Yakuza have a shocking history that includes the fact they ve militarized numerous time and become Far Right paramilitary organizations while simultaneously being bastions for Japan s lowest castes or ethnic minorities about 15% of the Yakuza are Korean or Burakumin Rather offhandedly, the authors mention how the Yakuza sent a bunch of ninja trained soldiers to kill the Queen of Korea I had to double check this one to make sure it was correct They were also responsible for countless assassinations of public officials that helped the rise of Imperial Japan.The biggest flaw of Yakuza Japan s Criminal Underworld is the fact the text is surprisingly on the dry side The pair of authors mostly document the systematic web of corruption the Yakuza have managed to weave around Japan s corporations, government, and public Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and this turns out to be because the police mostly ignore the 100K gangsters among them.The Yakuza keep crime in Japan organized and out of sight in a way that, ironically, that makes it very public Yakuza openly wear badges of their status though many executives forgo the extensive tattooing that mark their allegiance , advertise their organization s buildings with signs, and can be found in the phone book The book details many of the shockingly corrupt business practices that leave them with a big chunk of the country s entertainment industry, construction, and loan firms.Ultimately, the book suffers a bit for the fact that it would have been interesting to get into nitty gritty of Yakuza interior culture separate from the mostly chronological story of their biggest scandals as well as activities from the beginning of their modern incarnation to the present day As such, this book isn t quite as flashy as it could have been.On the other hand, you can tell a book is worthwhile by the fact the Yakuza both simultaneously participated in the creation of it as well as pressured companies not to release its contents due to the naming of names as well as revelation of the fact the Yakuza had so many minority members which is a open secret of all things.8 10


  4. says:

    I readied a highlighter in the beginning before realizing I was going to have to highlight 90% of the book This was an incredible piece of investigative work, and it s nothing short of a textbook on yakuza I was doing some lens changing on the yakuza Yakuza Japan s Criminal Underworld gives me an overall, general view Tokyo Vice gives me the media s perspective Confessions of a Yakuza gives me a yakuza s perspective I m still missing the perspective of the police, though, if anyone has suggestions.


  5. says:

    damn good book a great primer on postwar japan, with the yakuza focus providing great narrative momentum for what really is a broader survey of contemporary japanese culture, economics, politics, and and it is telling of the book s accuracy worth that, initially, the yakuza successfully had it blacklisted by japanese publishers, and that the ucal press eventually picked it up from a commercial house for the 2nd edition.


  6. says:

    This book is amazing The corruption in Japan is unfathomable My view of Japan has changed after having read this book Not finished yet, but the extent of the influence of the Yakuza is chillingly horrific How can one of the world s leading economic powerhouses allow itself to be intimidated by criminals


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    Yakuza is basically written as a textbook It surveys the last three hundred years of the Japanese underworld groups known as the Yakuza It is amazing to see how, for a good portion of their history, the Yakuza have been an accepted part of doing business in Japanese culture At times they have worked alongside of sitting political leaders to help accomplish the goals of government Many of the participants in the 1940 s were actually war criminals, yet the US government occupation forces made use of many of these men to spy on the Communists and for other tasks At times even knowing these were Yakuza members people of a criminal nature the US military and intelligence agencies still worked with them and even hired them to undertake specific tasks.The Yakuza were used to keep the docks working which helped to entrench them on the waterfront They entered into shipping and transportation investments which enabled them to move many illicit goods They were strikebreakers often hired by the sitting Japanese government Their involvement follows the broad range of crimes including drug trafficking, human trafficking, smuggling, running guns, extortion, fraud of all kinds May of the properties purchased abroad by Japanese investors and companies have had some form of underworld involvement when they were not outright purchases of the Yakuza.I enjoyed this read as a learning experience but like I say it is a textbook written for college classrooms My interest in the subject has been sparked by various television shows that have referenced these groups.


  8. says:

    As an intensive study on yakuza and their connections to politics and or international trade, it s brilliant It s loaded with thorough information and good investigative reporting However, as a book, I could barely keep up with it I often drifted away during the several chapters regarding Japanese rightist politics, because I m not familiar with it in the least However, I was deeply intrigued with the first 100 pages that detailed the historic beginnings of the Japanese yakuza and how they were romanticized and may still be in Japanese society Additionally, it was informative to read about yakuza s recent changes as they go abroad towards international markets However, it would have been wise of me to keep a detailed list of all these names since the reporting is immensely detailed Additionally, the author kept referring to Southeast Asia and the Pacific as the Third World I m not particularly fond of that term, especially when he went into detail about Thailand, but that s a personal issue, I suppose In the end, this is seemingly an academic read for those interested in Japanese politics Unfortunately, I learned so much about yakuza from this book, that I can t even remember most of it.


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    The book lays down the basics on the subject of Yakuza The first chapters are the most interesting because it explains how these groups always took part in Japanese society The importance of Giri and Ninjo the social behaviour or mentality that binds Japanese culture together Strong sense of duty and saving face The author also delves into the apparent lack of crime in comparison to other countries The importance of saving face or mantaining a reputation and apologies resolving disputes outside the police creates fertile ground for sophisticated crimes like blackmail or bribery Yakuza groups are very versatile and deeply intergrated in plenty Japanese companies, businesses, loan companies and others Dealing wih the Yakuza is like feeding a tiger, if you try to stop the tiger will eat you.


  10. says:

    That was one of the most comprehensive, thorough studies on the topic, and although it took me 15 hours to finish, I do not regret a second of it A real eye opener when it comes to Japanese political and economic corruption Read this, and yakuza will no longer be funny men with missing pinkies these funny men are a dangerous force to face even in this century.


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