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Jake Adelstein Yakking About the Yakuza On The Economist Web Site

If you’ve come here because you have a “yen” to know more about Japan’s tattooed brotherhood, please check out  TOKYO VICE: AN AMERICAN REPORTER ON THE POLICE BEAT IN JAPAN.…

Living With The Mob: Yakuza Deeply Rooted In Japan

  YAKUZA WARS by David McNeill and Jake Adelstein A bloody dispute between two rival Yakuza groups in a southern Japanese city has led to a historic fight-back by local…

From The Guardian: Residents go to courts to evict yakuza

Residents of a city in western Japan this week became the first to turn to the courts for help in ridding their neighbourhood of organised crime, amid fears that they…

From the Times Online: Yakuza stalk Japanese markets as organised crime opens new front

From The Times August 28, 2008 By Leo Lewis, Asia Business Correspondent Japan’s powerful yakuza organised crime syndicates are mounting a widespread assault on the country’s financial markets that may…

Jake Adelstein Featured on BBC World Service

The BBC's International Radio Station did a story on Wednesday's program on Jake Adelstein becoming an "accidentally intrepid" crime reporter. The information on the July 16th Program can be found…

Tokyo Vice Featured on Australian ABC Radio International's "The Media Report"

So, where to start? Well let's begin with the Japanese mafia, the Yakuza, and the desire of one mob boss to terminate (with extreme prejudice) the career of an American-born…