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Month: January 2009

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  • Tokyo set for a turf war as recession-hit yakuza gangsters fight it out

Tokyo set for a turf war as recession-hit yakuza gangsters fight it out

An attractive residential backstreet, a highly desirable postcode and a hugely provocative bit of corporate relocation could unleash a murderous gang war on the streets of Tokyo.

Human Trafficking In Japan: An Older Report But Still Worth Reading

From 2006 to 2007, I worked on US State Department sponsored project to study human trafficking in Japan, and contributed a large portion of the final report. At the time,…

Happy New Year! 今年もよろしく

Takayama Wakagashira : The Defacto Leader of the Yamaguchi-gumi is alive and well….more or less.  2009 should be an interesting year for us all and an especially interesting year in the world of organized crime. Around the close of the year, Takayama…