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The Japanese Mafia

Author : Peter B. E. Hill
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The Japanese mafia - known collectively as yakuza - has had an extensive influence on Japanese society over the past fifty years. Based on extensive interviews with criminals, police officers, lawyers, journalists, and academics, this is the first academic analysis in English of Japan's criminal syndicates. Peter Hill argues that the essential characteristic of Japan's criminal syndicates is their provision of protection to consumers in Japan's under- and upper-worlds. In this respect they are analogous to the Sicilian Mafia, and the mafias of Russia, Hong Kong and the United States. Although the yakuza's protective mafia role has existed at least since the end of the Second World War, and arguably longer, their sources of income have not remained constant. The yakuza have undergone considerable change in their business activities over the last half-century. The two key factors driving this evolution have been the changes in the legal, and law-enforcement environment within which these groups must operate, and the economic opportunities available to them. This first factor demonstrates that the complex and ambiguous relationship between the yakuza and the state has always been more than purely symbiotic. With the introduction of the boryokudan (yakuza) countermeasures law in 1992, the relationship between the yakuza and the state has become more unambiguously antagonistic. Assessing the impact of this law is, however, problematic; the contemporaneous bursting of Japan's economic bubble at the beginning of the 1990s also profoundly and adversely influenced yakuza sources of income. It is impossible to completely disentangle the effects of these two events. By the end of the twentieth century, the outlook for the yakuza was bleak and offered no short-term prospect of amelioration. More profoundly, state-expropriation of protection markets formerly dominated by the yakuza suggests that the longer-term prospects for these groups are bleaker still: no longer, therefore, need the yakuza be seen as an inevitable and necessary evil.

Japanese Mafia

Author : Peter B.E. Hill
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Oyabun

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Cid, a Filipino musician who defied being away from a loving and protective family, dared to go to Japan during the time when the story of Maricris, a Filipina entertainer who was allegedly killed by a yakuza by plunging his sword to her vagina, was all over the news back home. He just wanted to work and earn his own money. What better way of doing it than to get paid doing what he enjoyed doing the most — singing.” With another singer, Maria, they went to Japan as a duo and performed in cities from Tokyo to Chiba and Nagoya. Japan was flowing with money! The place had a way of entertaining you! The delicious foods, the drinks, the drugs (if you’re into it), and of course, the tips! But without intending it, he got involved with Filipinas who had relations with yakuza. His life changed. He listened to stories told by another yakuza about his boss and his brothers. Every story left him with fear and the urge to get away as far as he could go. But he has to save Maria, who got herself involved with the boss. He won’t be able to live with himself if he just left without taking her. But the task was not an easy one. How can a musician who hasn’t learned any martial arts and instead spent his days playing his keyboard outsmart an evil man?

Oyabun

Author : Cid Damon
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Cid, a Filipino musician who defied being away from a loving and protective family, dared to go to Japan during the time when the story of Maricris, a Filipina entertainer who was allegedly killed by a yakuza by plunging his sword to her vagina, was all over the news back home. He just wanted to work and earn his own money. What better way of doing it than to get paid doing what he enjoyed doing the most -- singing." With another singer, Maria, they went to Japan as a duo and performed in cities from Tokyo to Chiba and Nagoya. Japan was flowing with money! The place had a way of entertaining you! The delicious foods, the drinks, the drugs (if you're into it), and of course, the tips! But without intending it, he got involved with Filipinas who had relations with yakuza. His life changed. He listened to stories told by another yakuza about his boss and his brothers. Every story left him with fear and the urge to get away as far as he could go. But he has to save Maria, who got herself involved with the boss. He won't be able to live with himself if he just left without taking her. But the task was not an easy one. How can a musician who hasn't learned any martial arts and instead spent his days playing his keyboard outsmart an evil man?

Yakuza

Author : David E. Kaplan
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Known for their striking full-body tattoos and severed fingertips, Japan's gangsters comprise a criminal class eighty thousand strong--more than four times the size of the American mafia. Despite their criminal nature, the yakuza are accepted by fellow Japanese to a degree guaranteed to shock most Westerners. Yakuza is the first book to reveal the extraordinary reach of Japan's Mafia. Originally published in 1986, it was so controversial in Japan that it could not be published there for five years. But in the west it has long served as the standard reference on Japanese organized crime and has inspired novels, screenplays, and criminal investigations. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition tells the full story or Japan's remarkable crime syndicates, from their feudal start as bands of medieval outlaws to their emergence as billion-dollar investors in real estate, big business, art, and more.

Yakuza

Author : Steven Schlossstein
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From the depths of cultural isolation as a young boy in a village of outcasts on the desolate island of Shikoku, Fumio Kosaka rises through the ranks of the Sumikawa Gumi, Japan's largest & most powerful criminal clan & the only real family he has ever had, stopping at nothing until he becomes...The Japanese Godfather. San Francisco's Detective Jack Spencer tries to stop the yakuza with an all-out attack on the Japanese mafia's cunning strategy in California. This action-packed adventure takes you behind the scenes of the Lockheed affair of the 1970s, behind the Recruit scandal of the 1980s, behind the powerful money-politics of modern-day Japan. A classic philosophical clash between East & West. Steven Schlossstein, a former vice president of Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York, currently heads his own strategic consulting firm, SBS Associates, Inc. The author of Kensei (1983, a best-seller in the softcover edition); Trade War (1985, cited by the American Library Association as one of the ten best business books that year); and most recently, the widely acclaimed The End of the American Century (1990), all published by Congdon & Weed.

Making It Breaking It in Japan

Author : Steven Gan
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This book is about my Japanese journey of over 30 years and is a perfect read for all individuals who are interested in: How to GET INTO the underbelly of Japanese language and culture How to OVERCOME LEGAL OBSTACLES preventing you from starting a unique business in Japan How to AVOID GETTING KILLED by the Japanese Mafia (the Yakuza) https://www.youtube.com/watch'v=Zw0l3qPjsCQ/ How to BE A PRESENTER at over 90 chambers of commerce How NOT TO STRANGLE your Japanese business partners who are trying to shake you down for money How NOT TO PISS OFF the three Tokyo Bar Associations How to WITHSTAND 70 hours of interrogations by the Special Section of the Tokyo Prosecutors Office How to COPE with solitary confinement at the Tokyo County Jail until you confess How to DEAL with the Japanese criminal justice system and forced confessions How NOT TO HAVE A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN when forced to close up a successful business after 12 years How to SURVIVE a white collar criminal ordeal that teaches us many wonderful lessons about life and love Believe me when I say that I love Japan and the Japanese people. With that said, I promise you one thing -- this book will open your eyes in many positive and thoughtful ways about Japan and the people with whom I have had a fascination for over thirty years! Steven Gan

Japanese Mafia

Author : Peter B.E. Hill
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The Japanese Yakuza

Author : C.M. Johnson
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Read Along or Enhanced eBook: Each Origins: Whodunnit: Organized Crime eShort is a single chapter from the full Origins: Whodunnit: Organized Crime title, packaged as a mini eBook. Origins: Whodunnit: Organized Crime eShorts include The Red Mafia, Triads, The Japanese Yakuza, and The Italian Mafia.

The Yakuza Path Blood Stained Tea

Author : Amy Tasukada
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2017 Rainbow Award honorable mention A bloody past haunts him. A devastating present calls him back… Nao hides from his violent past in the Japanese mob by opening a teahouse in Japan's cultural center, Kyoto. His past comes flooding back when he discovers a gravely injured man with a tattooed chest, a bloody knife, and a Korean business card. Saehyun would've died if not for Nao's help. He knows nothing of his savior's connection with the local mafia, but Saehyun has his own secrets. He commands the Korean mafia, the mortal enemy of Nao’s former syndicate. As Nao and Saehyun grow closer, so does the strength of the Korean mob. A shocking murder pulls Nao back into a past he'd all but abandoned. War is looming, and Nao must choose between protecting Saehyun or avenging the honor of his old mafia family.. The Yakuza Path: Blood Stained Tea is the first book in a series of Japanese mafia thrillers. If you like complex characters, blood-soaked violence, and twists you won't see coming, then you'll love Amy Tasukada's gritty crime masterpiece. Buy Blood Stained Tea to dive deep into the Asian mafia tale today!

Tokyo Underworld

Author : Robert Whiting
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In 1945, as part of the Occupation forces sent to postwar Japan Nick Zappetti, a native of Italian East Harlem, entered a world as strange as any he had ever know, In postwar Tokyo, however, he realised there were certain opportunities. He had a failed stint as a professional wrestler, and participated in a fumbled (but famous) diamond heist. He was deported but managed to return with the assistance of the Mafia. Then Nick opened a pizza joint in what would be the centre of Tokyo's nightlife and became "the king of Roppongi and Mafia boss of Tokyo," and the intimate of some of Japan's most notorious underworld figures as well as many of its political and business leaders. Following Zappetti's rising and falling fortunes, and his love-hate relationship with his adopted country, Robert Whiting show us the sinister (and sometimes ridiculous) goings-on among Tokyo's traditional criminal gangs as they developed from local racketeers and gamblers into lynchpins of international finance, politics and corruption. Here is a fresh perspective on postwar Japan and how it went from being a defeated nation to an economic player, with a little help from some less than diplomatic friends.

Slang Down the Ages

Author : Jonathon Green
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The Japanese mafia - known collectively as yakuza - has had an extensive influence on Japanese society over the past 50 years. Based on extensive interviews with criminals, police officers, lawyers, journalists, and academics, this is an analysis in English of Japan's criminal syndicates. Peter Hill argues that the essential characteristic of Japan's criminal syndicates is their provision of protection to consumers in Japan's under- and upper-worlds. In this respect they are analogous to the Sicilian Mafia, and the mafias of Russia, Hong Kong and the United States. Although the yakuza's protective mafia role has existed at least since the end of World War II and arguably longer, their sources of income have not remained constant. The yakuza have undergone considerable change in their business activities over the last half-century. The two key factors driving this evolution have been the changes in the legal, and law-enforcement environment within which these groups must operate and the economic opportunities available to them.

Yakuza Tattoo

Author : Andreas Johansson
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The art of the Japanese tattoo has fascinated people across the world for decades, but in Japan they are taboo since traditional full body tattoos are associated with the Japanese mafia - the Yakuza. Yakuza Tattoo offers a unique insight into the dragons, fish and gods that form the identity of the Yakuza. While the motifs are inspired by the structure of the organisation, Japanese history and mythology, younger members tend to add a contemporary touch to their body art. Andreas Johansson visited the homes of members of the Yakuza, documenting Yakuza symbols and body art.

893

Author : Robert Cunningham
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Alpha, recently graduated from the East-West University in Hawaii, seeks his fortune in Japan by becoming an English teacher. He falls in love with Rie, the receptionist at the company where he is employed. Neither is aware of a hidden connection through Rie's uncle and father to the Japanese mafia (yakuza). When Rie's terminally ill uncle tries to break into the domestic monopoly on the sale of pachinko machines, a strange twist of fate occurs. When her father tries to sever similar ties with the yakuza by opting not to play a monthly "gratuity," he pays a steep price. Finally, the yakuza violates on of it's own cardinal rules, resulting in Rie's alarming disappearance. Alpha faces very limited options as he contemplates his future. The plot line of 893 is based on a composite of true events. The book offers readers a pleasurable introduction into the current Japanese culture and worldview, focusing on the complexities that arise in interactions between that society and Western culture.

Never Admit to Beige

Author : Jonathan Drapes
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Trigger Harvey has lost his job, his apartment, his friends, and his pants. Now, he wants his luck back. His search takes him halfway around the world to Australia’s Gold Coast. Somewhere, among the miles of neon, concrete, sun, and money, his luck lies in the hands of one Terry Smith. Now Trigg has to find him—and not even the Japanese mafia, kidnapping, or golf are going to dent his newfound resolve. In the end, maybe having his luck stolen was the luckiest thing that could have happened.

Beyond Murder

Author : Brenda Sue
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Nancy Tremblay is a multi-millionaire who brings sparkle, energy and money into this novel. There is family drama and estrangements that readers can relate to and brings their emotions to the very core of their being. Suzanne and Nancy are thrust into a world of foreign intrigue, murder and profound turmoil. International art crime theft is at the crux of Beyond Murder. The home base for this novel takes place in Boston, MA. Madaline Mason, acclaimed actress friend of Suzanne Morse hires a private detective to find the person or person's threatening her life. Madaline has kept a secret hidden for years. After being raped as a young girl she was forced to give up her baby for adoption. Kyle Mason, the son of Madaline, has been accused of killing his gay lover, art curator, Curtis Jones. A world the women never knew existed transports them on a wild chase from museums to exotic places including death defying confrontations with the Yakuza (the Japanese Mafia). Suzanne's personal life is in crises mode on several fronts. Her strong religious convictions are tested when her oldest daughter intends to convert from Judaism to Christianity. In Beyond Murder Suzanne and Nancy, with the help of the FBI, Interpol and the Japanese police, find the killer of Curtis Jones. They also learn about the enormity of dollars that is lost, each year, in the world of international art crime and artifact crime theft. Suzanne and longtime love, Stephen, are at odds of his non commitments to divorce his habitually intoxicated wife and marry Suzanne. Nancy meets her love when the two women arrive in San Diego to help Kyle in his defense in the murder of Curtis Jones. Rich is the lead detective of homicide in San Diego.

The Journal of Japanese Studies

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A multidisciplinary forrum for communicating new information, new interpretations, and recent research results concerning Japan to the English-reading world.

Anne of Tokyo

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While working at the glitziest foreign hostess bar in Tokyo, where she is required by the evil Mama-san to dress every night as Anne of Green Gables, a young woman is abducted by the Japanese mafia and forced to give English lessons to the elderly Yakuza boss. She subsequently encounters a cop and a priest who are members of a secret story-telling society, and a tale the priest shares about the Japanese occupation of Manchuria during World War Two provides Anne with critical information concerning the suspicious death of a Chinese class-mate, as well as a drug operation that she suspects is financing the clandestine construction of Japan's first nuclear bomb. However, as she struggles to navigate the strangeness of being a foreigner in Japan, Anne loses her identity and descends, with unexpected results, into the world of prostitution. Set in the gaigin houses, foreign hostess bars, love hotel theme rooms, and Yakuza lairs of Tokyo in the nineteen eighties, when foreigners from everywhere are cashing in on the bubble economy, Anne of Tokyo is a fun, fast-moving novel, essentially about cultural confusion.

Mafia Adult Coloring Book

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A mafia is a type of organized crime syndicate whose primary activities are protection racketeering, the arbitration of disputes between criminals, and the organizing and oversight of illegal agreements and transactions. Mafias often engage in secondary activities such as gambling, loan sharking, drug-trafficking, and fraud. The term was originally applied to the Sicilian Mafia, but has since expanded to encompass other organizations of similar methods and purpose, e.g., "the Russian Mafia" or "the Japanese Mafia." The term is applied informally by the press and public; the criminal organizations themselves have their own terms (e.g. the Sicilian Mafia calls itself "Cosa Nostra" and the Japanese Mafia calls itself "yakuza"). When used alone and without any qualifier, "Mafia" or "the Mafia" typically refers to either the Sicilian Mafia or the Italian-American Mafia, and sometimes Italian organized crime in general (e.g. Camorra, 'Ndrangheta, Sacra Corona Unita, etc.)

Collector of Secrets

Author : Richard Goodfellow
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American Twenty-something Max Travers, an English teacher in Japan with a beautiful girlfriend, wants out. His manipulative boss, Yoko, is trying to swindle the unsuspecting parents of his students and is using his golden boy American face to do it. Desperate to get his passport out of Yoko's locked cabinet, he sneaks into her office in the middle of the night only to surprise the Japanese mafia's burglary-in-progress. Taking whatever he can in the short amount of time he has, Max barely escapes with his life. However Max soon finds himself on the run from everyone from tattooed Yakuza to the Japanese police and a mysterious American named Lloyd Elgin who seems to have ties in the highest places. All are after the book Max grabbed instead of the passport that could take him home, a strange diary bound in leather and closed with a strange seal embossed with ornate chrysanthemum petals. Little does Max know that Yoko's father has been safeguarding the diary for more than half a century, and its secrets could topple some of Japan's most powerful people and rewrite the history of Japan's royal family. With both his and his girlfriend's life in the balance, Max must decipher the secrets of the diary and put an end to the chase before his newest, gravest troubles catch up to him and stop his running for good. Collector of Secrets marries the historical intrigue, deep research, and wide commercial appeal of the best of Dan Brown or Michael Gruber to the techno-savvy, judo-kicking, stranger-in-a-strange-land atmosphere of Barry Eisler's internationally bestselling John Rain series. Richard Goodfellow has used real-life conspiracy theories from the Far East in the creation of a nonstop ride that covers everything from World War II to Watergate. This is his first novel.