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Onions And Yakuza Front Companies: Some Thoughts

The modern yakuza, or the 成人ヤクザ, make their real money in loan-sharking, stock manipulation, real-estate speculation, and IPOs. They need a veneer of legitimacy to do this and that is…

Hard Times For A Nine-Fingered Man

from http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/japan/090205/even-gangsters-get-the-blues Even gangsters get the blues As Japan’s economy weakens, what are 80,000 gang members to do? By Justin McCurry Published: February 5, 2009 18:35 ET TOKYO — Kazuhiro…