Why One Of Japan’s Largest Organized Crime Groups Is Looking For Legitimate Work

by Ezra Buckley on October 3, 2017

In this picture taken on May 20, 2017, men pose for photographs showing their ‘Irezumi’ Japanese traditional tattoos related to the Yakuza’s universe, during the Sanja Matsuri festival in Tokyo. (FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan’s organized crime groups (aka the yakuza) are still big business. The National Police Agency estimates that they still collect 5% of all revenue from construction work; yakuza front companies are involved in waste disposal, entertainment and labor dispatch. They operate both legitimate and illegal businesses. Now one group is considering going into the private security racket.


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