Living With The Mob: Yakuza Deeply Rooted In Japan

 

The Tattooed Men are not easy to live with.
Once the yakuza move in, they don't move out easily.

YAKUZA WARS

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.

“Get lost.”  Not a promising start to an interview but this is hardly a standard interviewee: a flint-eyed gangster sporting a crew cut and a boiler suit.   His two colleagues glower from behind oversized sunglasses and thick layers of suspicion.  Rippling tattoos snake out of the rolled-up sleeves of Goon No. 1.  “Kieusero,” [Fuck Off], he growls before slamming down the shutter of his office garage.

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