I was a reporter for the Yomiuri Shinbun, Japan’s largest newspaper, from 1993 to 2005. From 2006 to 2007 I was the chief investigator for a U.S. State Department-sponsored study of human trafficking in Japan. Considered an experts on organized crime in Japan, I work as a writer and consultant in...
On April 15, two alleged terrorists in Boston killed three people, injured more than 170 others and terrified a nation — for about $100 it cost them to modify pressure cookers into bombs. We should be glad they didn’t come to Japan, where they may have been able to explode a ready-made nuclear dirty bomb, kill untold thousands, render huge swaths of the country uninhabitable — and get paid by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) in the process. I wish I were kidding.
This article is from the archive of our partner . TOKYO — Tadamasa Goto, former boss of the Yamaguchi-gumi Goto-gumi crime group, has agreed to pay ¥110 million, or $1.4 million, to settle the lawsuit filed by the family of Kazuoki Nozaki, who was murdered by members of the organization in 2006. That's a little less than the ¥187 million of damages specified in the family original suit.
Jake Adelstein is a journalist and author of “Tokyo Vice.”Contrary to recent news reports, Japan’s organized crimes groups, “the yakuza” aren’t vanishing — they’re transforming. They are finding ways to morph from honor-bound tribal outlaws into common criminals who will do anything for money. The shrewder ones are simply turning less visible. That isn’t necessarily a plus for Japan or the world. The longest existing yakuza group is the Aizu Kotetsu-Kai in Kyoto, which was founded around 1870.