Crime boss: Several buyers of illegal drugs are in showbiz
Popular musician Aska leaves the Tokyo Wangan Police Station in Koto Ward on May 18. (Hiroyuki Yamamoto)
The drug-related arrest of singer-songwriter Aska shocked fans in Japan and across East Asia, but the leader of a yakuza organization says stimulant use is nothing new in the...
EDITORIAL: Stronger steps needed to sever ties between businesses...
Police officers enter the headquarters of the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan’s largest criminal syndicate, in Kobe to conduct an investigation last April. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Businesses in Japan seem incapable of severing ties with criminal gangs.
Mystery remains over 120 kg of cocaine found on Yokosuka coast
Cocaine, bags confiscated by Kanagawa Prefectural Police (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Millions of dollars worth of cocaine that was found on the coast of Miura Peninsula in Kanagawa Prefecture on Nov. 19 has left police scratching their heads.
Sumitomo Mitsui affiliate made loans to gangsters
Koichi Miyata, president of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc., at a news conference in Tokyo on Nov. 12 (Junki Watanabe)
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. said one of its group companies lent money to mobsters and other questionable borrowers.
Yakuza syndicate revives long-dead publication 'for members only'
Police officers enter the headquarters of Yamaguchi-gumi in Kobe on April 11 to conduct an investigation. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
To tighten its grip over its beleaguered ranks, Japan’s largest criminal syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi, has revived an in-house publication--for members' eyes only--for the...
Japan a more lucrative target than ever for smugglers of stimulant ...
Plastic hangers containing stimulants, seized at Narita Airport in 2011 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Illicit stimulant drugs smuggled into Japan fetch 80 times as much as in China, and the list of countries supplying the market here is growing.
CROOKED CLEANUP: Yakuza taking slice of lucrative decontamination...
Workers clean up a community in Date, Fukushima Prefecture, on May 2. The workers are not related to this article. (Tamiyuki Kihara)
Criminal organizations are engaging in fraudulent practices amid a labor shortage and lax background checks by employers to pocket some of the trillions of yen from publicly...
Gangster illegally hired workers for decontamination projects
Workers bag fallen leaves and branches in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Criminal organizations are cashing in on the disaster that shook Japan nearly two years ago by sinking their claws into all aspects of recovery operations to skim off handsome...
Police detain 150 in Macau casino raids amid fears of new gang war
Casino workers stand at gaming tables inside the Sands' newest integrated resort, Sands Cotai Central, in Macau on April 11. (AP Photo)
HONG KONG -- Police detained more than 150 people in weekend raids on casinos and hotels in Macau after a recent spate of killings raised fears of a new gang war in the world's ...
NPA: Yakuza membership number slides to 70,300
Police officers enter Yamaguchi-gumi headquarters in Kobe’s Nada Ward on Oct. 21, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan was home to 70,300 gangsters at the end of 2011, the smallest figure since the Organized Crime Group Countermeasures Law took effect in 1992, the National Police Agency...
FOOTBALL / Salvadorian group fights gangs with football
The Caimanes of the Salvadorian Association of American Intramural Football. Caimane is Spanish for caiman, a small crocodile found extensively throughout South and Central America. (Provided by SAAIF)
Steve Agreda grew up in Los Angeles, a city rife with menacing territorial street gangs. As a young man, however, he was more interested in gang tackling than gang turf wars.
Yakuza attacks on businesses more than double
Violent attacks against businesses in Japan have more than doubled compared to last year, indicating the involvement of gangs as crime syndicates look for new ways to gets...
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