Yet the operations and social roles of the yakuza are very different to other criminal organizations. In fact, the yakuza are almost mainstream. They have office buildings and their gossip features in Japanese popular press. Many English speakers will have learned what they know of the yakuza from Jason Statham films and Grand Theft Auto, so here are 10 facts that paint a more rounded, if unusual, portrait of the gangs.
Yakuza and the japanese society can help by adding to it. March Four largest syndicates[ edit ] Although yakuza membership has declined following an anti-gang law aimed specifically at yakuza and passed by the Japanese government inthere are thought to be more than 58, active yakuza members in Japan today.
Despite more than one decade of police repression, the Yamaguchi-gumi has continued to grow. From its headquarters in Kobeit directs criminal activities throughout Japan.
It is also involved in operations in Asia and the United States. He follows an expansionist policy, and has increased operations in Tokyo which has not traditionally been the territory of the Yamaguchi-gumi. The Yamaguchi family is successful to the point where its name has become synonymous with Japanese organized crime in many parts of Asia outside Japan.
Many Chinese or Korean persons who do not know the name "Yakuza" would know the name "Yamaguchi-gumi", which is frequently portrayed in gangster films. Sumiyoshi-kai is a confederation of smaller yakuza groups. Structurally, Sumiyoshi-kai differs from its principal rival, the Yamaguchi-gumiin that it functions like a federation.
The chain of command is more relaxed, and its leadership is distributed among several other members. It is based in the Tokyo-Yokohama area and was one of the first yakuza families to expand its operations outside of Japan. Its name comes from the Aizu region, "Kotetsu", a type of Japanese sword.
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Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. January Learn how and when to remove this template message Yakuza are regarded as semi-legitimate organizations. For example, immediately after the Kobe earthquakethe Yamaguchi-gumiwhose headquarters are in Kobemobilized itself to provide disaster relief services including the use of a helicopterand this was widely reported by the media as a contrast to the much slower response by the Japanese government.
The yakuza tend to be gentler than their Italian cousins. In general, they are not involved in theft, burglary, armed robbery, or other street crimes.
Some yakuza groups are known to deal extensively in other places human trafficking. Yakuza trick girls from impoverished villages into coming to Japan, where they are promised respectable jobs with good wages. Instead, they are forced into becoming sex workers and strippers. In essence, this is a specialized form of protection racket.
They simply scare the ordinary stockholder with the presence of yakuza operatives, who obtain the right to attend the meeting by making a small purchase of stock. Yakuza also have ties to the Japanese realty market and banking, through jiageya.
Jiageya specialize in inducing holders of small real estate to sell their property so that estate companies can carry out much larger development plans. Yakuza have been known to make large investments in legitimate, mainstream companies. This is in line with the idea that their activities are semi-open; theft by definition would be a covert activity.
More importantly, such an act would be considered a trespass by the community. Also, yakuza usually do not conduct the actual business operation by themselves.
Core business activities such as merchandising, loan sharking or management of gambling houses are typically managed by non-yakuza members who pay protection fees for their activities.
There is much evidence of yakuza involvement in international crime. There are many tattooed yakuza members imprisoned in various Asian prisons for such crimes as drug trafficking and arms smuggling. Inone verified yakuza member was caught smuggling 4 kilograms 8. Prior to his death informer Italian-American Mafia member Mickey Zaffaranowho controlled pornography rackets across the United States for the Bonanno familywas overheard talking about the enormous profits from the pornography trade that both families could make together.
The police stepped in and forced the yakuza bosses on both sides to declare a truce in public. At various times, people in Japanese cities have launched anti-yakuza campaigns with mixed and varied success. In Marchthe Japanese government passed the Act for Prevention of Unlawful Activities by Criminal Gang Members, which made traditional racketeering much more difficult.
Beginning inled by agency chief Takaharu AndoJapanese police began to crack down on the gangs. Kodo-kai chief Kiyoshi Takayama was arrested in late According to the media, encouraged by tougher anti-yakuza laws and legislation, local governments and construction companies have begun to shun or ban yakuza activities or involvement in their communities or construction projects.Officially, since the early s the Japanese government implemented a tougher control on the Yakuza, but the very structure of the society and the deep-rooted culture makes it hard to .
During the outbreak of Tohoku Earthquake in , The Yakuza provided aid to the victims even before the Japanese Government.
Remembering the Yakuzas are outclassed by the Japanese Society, They are proven to be quick to respond to someone in need. Officially, since the early s the Japanese government implemented a tougher control on the Yakuza, but the very structure of the society and the deep-rooted culture makes it hard to .
Yakuza strength rises and falls according to the tides of Japanese society, with estimates of the core membership of less than 60, (in ) and a peak of , members in , according to Kiyoshi Nakabayashi, former head of the NPA division dealing with organised crime.
A brief history of the Yakuza, Japan's organized crime syndicates with roots back in the Tokugawa period. A brief history of the Yakuza, Japan's organized crime syndicates with roots back in the Tokugawa period.
Others are ethnic Koreans, who also face considerable discrimination in . Yakuza as a part of the Japanese Society – Their influence on the Japanese’s daily life (By Philippe Thê Long Hegglin) 1.
Introduction 2. Yakuza as a part of Japanese society a. Origin of the Yakuza b. Their role in the Japanese society today 3. Conclusion Introduction.