10 Odd Facts About The Yakuza

The yakuza are Japan’s organized crime syndicates, like the triads in other parts of Asia or the mafia in the West. 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. 1.Sokaiya Sokaiya is the name of a form … Continue reading 10 Odd Facts About The Yakuza