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Civically active yakuza discovered to be working for national census

Bysarah

Jan 5, 2011

It has been revealed that a member of the Kyushu-based Kudo-kai was appointed as a representative to help carry out the 2010 national census after being recommended by the city of Kita-Kyushu. Both the city and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications reportedly had no idea the is affiliated with an organised crime group until notified by the Fukuoka police.

According to city officials, the gang member is in his 60s and serves as the president of his neighbourhood association while working as a boss within the Kudo-kai. When it came time to recruit census officials, the association recommended the man to the city, which in turn recommended him to the MIAC. The MAIC appointed him without question, and he was paid several tens of thousands of yen for work done between August and November.

Attempts to dismiss the representative were unsuccessful as there are no laws that prevent gang members from working on the census. The city asked the man to voluntarily step down but he refused. City management say they are looking at revising their anti-organised crime laws in order to handle the situation.

Read the original article here.

6 thoughts on “Civically active yakuza discovered to be working for national census”
  1. I want to know how much information the people gave him, once they clocked his tattoos.

    Give the guy credit, it’s a good way of planning future neighbourhood burglaries!

  2. Sorry for the late comment..
    I live here in Kitakyushu. This type of thing is no surprising at all. One never knows who is who when walking or living in this part of Japan. There is still a sense of shame by most Japanese when they see tattoos on people though. Very old fashion here not quite up to the modern times like Tokyo or the bigger cites. Unless it is a Matsuri of some sort.

    Fact.
    Most car dealerships are run by the Kudo-kai here, amongst other public services offered and entities as well shoganai.
    One must be very careful and tactful when talking about such things however.
    There is no surprise here really in this story. Pretty much tells it like it is here in the Kyushu region( inaka.) They the (secret ones) are everywhere here in my town.
    They work in private sector and public and government. I am sure of it.

    But as foreigner living here they pretty much stay to there own and do not bother the gaikokujin.

    The thing is, I bet the gangster did his job well, like most Nihonjin do.

    Great story.
    Arigato Jake!
    P.S. loved the book I have followed you work for 9 years and love it!

  3. Sorry for the late comment..
    I live here in Kitakyushu. This type of thing is no surprising at all. One never knows who is who when walking or living in this part of Japan. There is still a sense of shame by most Japanese when they see tattoos on people though. Very old fashion here not quite up to the modern times like Tokyo or the bigger cites. Unless it is a Matsuri of some sort.

    Fact.
    Most car dealerships are run by the Kudo-kai here, amongst other public services offered and entities as well shoganai.
    One must be very careful and tactful when talking about such things however.
    There is no surprise here really in this story. Pretty much tells it like it is here in the Kyushu region( inaka.) They the (secret ones) are everywhere here in my town.
    They work in private sector and public and government. I am sure of it.

    But as foreigner living here they pretty much stay to there own and do not bother the gaikokujin.

    The thing is, I bet the gangster did his job well, like most Nihonjin do.

    Great story.
    Arigato Jake!
    P.S. loved the book I have followed your work for 9 years and love it!

  4. Sorry for the late comment..
    I live here in Kitakyushu. This type of thing is not surprising at all. One never knows who is who when walking or living in this part of Japan. There is still a sense of shame by most Japanese when they see tattoos on people though. Very old fashion here not quite up to the modern times like Tokyo or the bigger cites. Unless it is a Matsuri of some sort.

    Fact.
    Most car dealerships are run by the Kudo-kai here, amongst other public services offered and entities as well shoganai.
    One must be very careful and tactful when talking about such things however.
    There is no surprise here really in this story. Pretty much tells it like it is here in the Kyushu region( inaka.) They the (secret ones) are everywhere here in my town.
    They work in private sector and public and government. I am sure of it.

    But as foreigner living here they pretty much stay to there own and do not bother the gaikokujin.

    The thing is, I bet the gangster did his job well, like most Nihonjin do.

    Great story.
    Arigato Jake!
    P.S. loved the book I have followed your work for 9 years and love it!

    1. Chris,
      Thanks for sharing that information. I had no idea the Kudo-kai ran all the car dealerships are a bunch of them. KInd of neat to know.
      Thanks for reading the book as well. You’ve followed my work for nine years? I’m flattered.

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