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Ninkyodo, dude! Even The Yakuza Are Speaking English Now

Maybe the detective was right, because while the Yamaguchi-gumi may not have substantially expanded their operations, they are certainly trying to expand their appeal internationally. Recently, they debuted their own…

Yakuza Big Boss Has Big Bail: 1.5 Billion Yen

Kiyoshi Takayama, the second most powerful gangster in Japan, and for years the de facto head of the Yamaguchi-gumi (39,000 members) will be released for the remainder of his extortion…

Yakuza bosses take legal classes to evade strict new law

Japan's most powerful gangsters are mugging up on legal terminology in an attempt to skirt strict new laws that make them liable for crimes committed by their henchmen.