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The latest limelight and upcoming events info

A new interview with Jake Adelstein is up on World Policy Institute focusing on the recent yakuza crackdown, but also touching on some interesting recent topics like their popularity in…

Habakarinagara: An interview with Tadamasa Goto

Perhaps to promote his new book, Habakarinagara (憚りながら), Tadamasa Goto has been looking for some time in the limelight, apparently granting this interview on Yomiuri TV’s Takashin no Sokomade Itte…

NPA statistics looking good for Kodo-kai crackdown efforts

If numbers mean anything, then the National Police Agency’s crackdown on the Yamaguchi-gumi Kodo-kai led by director Takaharu Ando has been something of a success. The NPA released arrest figures…

Teacher arrested for assaulting drugged teen

A Sendai teacher at a private high school who was arrested on August 11 for giving sleeping pills to an underage girl and molesting her told police he committed the…

Yakuza Review The Sega Video Game "Yakuza 3"

The Yakuza video game series from Sega has been tremendously popular in the United States and in Japan but what do the yakuza themselves think of the game? I asked.…

Divvying up the booty from the Susumu Kajiyama loansharking case

Tokyo District Court on Thursday began the necessary procedures to divide up nearly 2.38 billion yen in damages to those caught up in a 2003 international money laundering scheme run…

High school girl accepts ¥1,000 for sex

A Saitama man was arrested August 4 under violation of child prostitution laws for paying a 16-year-old high school girl for sexual favors in a hotel room in Tokyo’s Hachioji…

Jake Adelstein interview with 3:AM Magazine

More than just the typical Tokyo Vice Q&A, an interview with Jake was recently posted on 3:AM Magazine covering the yakuza reaction to the book, the crackdown in Kabukicho, and…

Yamaguchi-gumi members arrested in sumo scandal! But how far can the cops go?

It does appear, at least, that the Yamaguchi-gumi seems to have one of their people inside the sumo association to keep things quiet and has grudging or willing help from…