Battling the Yakuza

Battling the Yakuza

2012, Crime  -   12 Comments
Ratings: 7.92/10 from 50 users.

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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5 years ago

Nada nada should be consulted by anyone dabbling into this area of inquiry. There is more to the yakuza phenomenon than membership, tattoos, the criminal empire and the billions of dollars it makes. Take me back to the post war era, the Korean influence in Japan and all that history. This offering is a step on that journey.

jutt mcdowell
10 years ago

bosuzoku style bikes are the best. my wife is japanese, so i go there often. i hope to buy one of them bikes one day and bring it back to uk.

10 years ago

"That's why we ask the police to set the laws" I can't wrap my head around this kind of thinking. These people are born into indoctrinated slavery. With that kind of fundamental misconception about law and justice they can't ever be free.

nada nada
10 years ago

Absolutely nothing new in this documentary. I was expecting maybe AJ would dare to dig into Japanese society's real taboos: namely the fact that the majority of the yakuza members (especially those from kansai area) are korean-japanese. In the 50s & 60s the yakuza wars terrorized the kansai and chugoku area (the so called "jingi naki tatakai") and literally "every korean-japanese youngsters wanted to get into action as soon as possible" as said by Isao Harimoto, a korean-japanese baseball legend (and how his father pushed him into baseball to steer away from the "gokudo" (criminal life.) Not only the organized crime, but the advertising industry (monopolized by one sole company named Dentsu whose iron fist keeps the matter as low profile as possible in the big media) and the pachinko industry are dominated by the korean-japanese. How the MacArthur's GHQ handed these key sectors to the korean-japanese in the post-war Japan is really fascinating. C'mon AJ, dare us next time.

10 years ago

lol, many jap politicians are yakuza members

10 years ago

I haven't watched this yet, but when I read "Japanese officials want choke the Yakuza’s existence by starving them financially." I laughed out loud. The Yakuza is so deeply entrenched within Japanese society that the "Japanese officials" would be better off simply making a Ministry of Yakuza and let them continue business as usual.

10 years ago chicks and derpy dudes. omg these people bend over backwards to make you feel like you are the best thing that ever happend to them.

10 years ago

shocked to see jacuzzies capable of thug-life.Tu-Pac would turn in his tub.