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Are The Yakuza  Really that dangerous   ?

Are The Yakuza Really that dangerous ?


My late grandfather worked in Japan for 30 years, and this is what he told me.

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By Emma Watson
a year ago
3 min Read

The Yakuza and the police have an implicit agreement that as long as their worlds do not collide and the Yakuza keep their own problems to themselves, the police will generally leave them alone.

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This is generally the case. This arrangement is understood and adhered to by the older, more professional gang members. Any problems usually stem from want tobes like the chimpira (low-level punks) trying to make a name for themselves, as well as other assorted scum like bosozoku (motorcycle gangs).

But that doesn't mean they should be taken lightly. These are professional criminals with henchmen who would murder you with a simple nod from their bosses. Their businesses range from the usual prostitution, protection rackets, and extortion to 'legitimate' waste disposal, government contracts, and the like. Because their earnings are in the billions, they aren't interested in the minutiae.

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