Once the yakuza move in, they don't move out easily.
by David McNeill and Jake Adelstein
A bloody dispute between two rival Yakuza groups in a southern Japanese city has led to a historic fight-back by local people. But rooting out the mob from society will not be easy.
Continue reading Living With The Mob: Yakuza Deeply Rooted In Japan
By Justin McCurry in Tokyo
From the guardian.co.uk
Tuesday August 26 2008
Residents of a city in western Japan this week became the first to turn to the courts for help in ridding their neighbourhood of organised crime, amid fears that they will become the next victims of a violent power struggle.
Around 600 residents of Kurume, in Fukuoka prefecture, have asked a local court to order members of the Dojinkai yakuza gang to vacate an office building in the middle of a busy shopping district.
Continue reading From The Guardian: Residents go to courts to evict yakuza
From The Times
August 28, 2008
By Leo Lewis, Asia Business Correspondent
Japan’s powerful yakuza organised crime syndicates are mounting a widespread assault on the country’s financial markets that may have left hundreds of listed companies riddled with mob connections.
In a surprisingly stark admission, the National Police Agency (NPA) says that it is locked in a battle for the economic soul and international reputation of Japan.
Continue reading From the Times Online: Yakuza stalk Japanese markets as organised crime opens new front
The BBC’s International Radio Station did a story
on Wednesday’s program on Jake Adelstein becoming an “accidentally intrepid” crime reporter.
The information on the July 16th Program can be found
Jake Adelstein was featured on The Media Report on June 5, 2008. The audio download and transcript are available from
Continue reading Tokyo Vice Featured on Australian ABC Radio International's "The Media Report"