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Bitcoin Exchange Kraken Joins The Mt Gox Investigation; The collapse still shrouded in darkness

Ten months after Mt Gox’s fiasco, bitcoin businesses launch one after the other in Japan, one of the rare countries where bitcoin is easily regulated. Concerns rise over the ability…

Notes On The Yakuza Lobby: How The Underworld Asserts Itself In The Political Sphere

Because of Japan's personal privacy protection laws, created by the LDP to discourage magazine reporters for writing about their scandals and organized crime ties, I'm limited in what I can…

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…