Battling the Yakuza

Organized crime syndicates are deeply entrenched in Japanese history. Known as the Jakuza, they were once seen as gangsters with strict code of honor, helping the police to fight the criminal underworld.

The Yakuza in Japan has links that extend as far back as 400 years to Edo era. But their days of protecting the weak against the strong are long gone.

Today, the Yakuza is a criminal network with nearly 80,000 members operating in 22 crime syndicates, and raking in billions of dollars a year. And Japan’s law enforcement wants to wipe them out once and for all.

With their links to drug and prostitution rings, corporate crimes and deadly shootings, Japanese officials want choke the Yakuza’s existence by starving them financially.

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  • anton kusters

    Please immediately remove the image above that you unrightfully and wrongly associate with this video, not to mention the fact that you are using it without permission of the owner.

    • Yob

      Boo hoo. Suck it up princess. Haha.

      • Another Yob

        Bwahahaha well said Mr Yob…..

        • Tynar

          Umm, if Anton is the owner of this image, then he has every right to demand that it not be used without his permission.

          • http://twitter.com/sourbittersweet JenJen†Kreuz

            Yes, but it wouldnt be here if he had more care of them there are tons of ways of protecting your images.

  • jianfei

    Gangman Style. LOL

  • Paulie Gaultieri

    Very poor documentary. Somewhat informative but you’d be better off looking for an alternative feature on the Yakuza. Shoddy sound also.