The intricacies of the Yakuza and the law

The Japanese mafia, most commonly referred to as the Yakuza, is not outright illegal. Here’s why.

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Japan’s National Police Agency (NPA)
Vice chairman of the Japanese Olympic committee sitting next to Shinobu Tsukasa, the head of Japan’s largest Yakuza syndicate
Vice chairman of the Japanese Olympic committee sitting next to Shinobu Tsukasa, the head of Japan’s largest Yakuza syndicate
Vice-chairman of the Japanese Olympic committee sitting next to Shinobu Tsukasa, the head of Japan’s largest Yakuza syndicate. The image portrays the influence of the Yakuza, especially as Japan is set to host the 2020 Olympics.

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