Yakuza dictionary & OC resources
Articles I’ve written
The Daily Beast: Yakuza Expelled From Japanese Hollywood (2011). A brief history of the yakuza and their involvement in the entertainment industry.
My articles for The Daily Beast
A long piece on the history of the yakuza in Japanese politics written for World Policy magazine.
In the slides, the code of ethics of one yakuza group are displayed. Informative and interesting if you read Japanese.
The book has a great section on the modern yakuza and references to them in the text. The book wasn’t a critical hit but I think it is very good. The section on the nuclear industry was highly prescient.
Below are some fact sheets and articles about the complex workings of Japan’s crime organizations.
A listing of Japan’s Twenty-Two Officially Designated Organized Crime Groups, from the National Police Agency White Paper 2008.
21st-Century Yakuza: Recent Trends in Organized Crime in Japan ~ Part 1 21 世紀のやくざ ―― 日本における組織犯罪の最近動向 by Andrew Rankin
You’ll notice that even the yakuza office locations are clearly designated. They aren’t a hidden and secret society.