The Yakuza Landscape Today

Japan’s yakuza gangs have long been a powerful presence in society, known for their strictly defined family structures and symbolic rituals. Now that police crackdowns and internal splits have made life tougher for organized crime, the yakuza world is finding itself reshaped.

Fragmented Yamaguchi-gumi a Sign of Changing Yakuza Times

Japan’s biggest criminal organization, the Yamaguchi-gumi, has broken up into three groups. While this would once have heralded a likely gang war, tightened legislation has made it difficult for the yakuza to act, preserving a curious balance of power. In this unusual situation, fundamental rules of the yakuza world are crumbling.

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