Odd fact about the yakuza


in Law, Politics, Security

Yakuza operate much more openly than their counterparts in other countries. Crime syndicates have offices registered with local public-safety commissions. Membership is not in itself a crime. The biggest and richest group, the Yamaguchi-gumi, shelters behind a high-walled compound in a grand neighbourhood of Kobe.

See also: Yakuza

Also: “These lesser [sokaiya] cousins of the yakuza extract tens of millions of yen from companies in return for not disrupting annual meetings”.

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