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Cops To Close Curtains on Yakuza Hollywood: The Timeline

1957: The 3rd Generation Yamaguchi Leader, Kazuo Taoka, sets up and registers Kobe Geinosha (Kobe Performing Arts Promotion) under his own name. (The Yamaguchi-gumi is currently Japan’s larges organized crime…

20msv/yr: What Does The Rest Of The World Think?

July 19th, 2011 Fukushima City “It is correct, is it not, that Fukushima citizens have the same and equal right as other Japanese citizens to spend their life without receiving…

Meet The Yakuza: The Yakuza Movie Book, more than just about movies.

"There are parallels, however, between Kitano's dirty heroes and Takakura's clean-cut ones: Both are contemptuous of death in the best samurai tradition and both define macho cool for their respective…

Protesters Come Out in Record Numbers Against Nuclear Power

prior to the event, estimates were around 50,000; approximately 60,000 participated

TEPCO's "Severe Accident Manual" Takes On Barcode Hairstyle

The House of Representatives Special Committee on Promotion of Science and Technology and Innovation had requested TEPCO submit two operating manuals: one for accidents, and one for severe accidents. On…

Ghost in The Shell (攻殻機動隊): A classic film of Japanese sci-fi animation with universal themes

Will it ever be possible to emulate true humanity through technology?

North Korea Turns 63, Party Guests Seem Kinda Angry

demonstrators come out to protest the oppressive North Korean regime

The Hollywood Reporter: Japan's Entertainment World And The Yakuza

Even Hollywood is taking in interest in Japan's entertainment industry links to the mob. Meanwhile, police are now asking for an explanation of the underworld ties from Shimada’s powerful agency,…

Yakuza Friendly Hotels–on the way out. Goodbye Nine-Fingered Discount!

As a part of broader initiatives to expel organized crime from business, new “yakuza exclusion” provisions by the Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) go into effect today. The JTA maintains a…