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Yakuza : Japan's criminal underworld

Author: David E Kaplan; Alec Dubro
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : Expanded edView all editions and formats
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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. Here is the first book to reveal the extraordinary reach of Japan's Mafia. Originally published in 1986,
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David E Kaplan; Alec Dubro
ISBN: 0520215613 9780520215610 0520215621 9780520215627
OCLC Number: 49773726
Description: xxii, 400 pages, [14] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: enter the yakuza --
pt. I. Early history --
The honorable outlaws --
pt. II. The Kodama years --
Occupied Japan --
Nexus on the right --
The black mist --
pt. III. The modern yakuza --
The syndicates --
Corruption, Japanese-style --
The Keizai yakusa --
The collapsing Bubble --
pt. IV. The move abroad --
Meth, money, and the sex trade --
Old markets and new --
Across the Pacific --
To America --
Epilogue: a new yakuza.
Responsibility: David E. Kaplan and Alec Dubro.
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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. Here is the first book to reveal the extraordinary reach of Japan's Mafia. Originally published in 1986, Yakuza was so controversial in Japan that it could not be published there for five years.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, inspiring novels, screenplays, and criminal investigations. David E. Kaplan and Alec Dubro spent nearly two decades conducting hundreds of interviews with everyone from street-level hoodlums and police to Japan's most powerful godfathers. The result is a searing indictment of corruption in the world's second-largest economy.

This updated, expanded, and thoroughly revised edition of Yakuza tells the full story of 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.

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