How Did Yakuza Impact Japan's Society

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Yakuza’s impacts on Japan’s society In Japan’s history up till today, we often see many news involving Yakuza’s activities in the society. Some famous Yakuza organisations are Yamaguchi-gumi, Sumiyoshi-kai and the Inagawa-kai. The Yamaguchi-gumi is the largest Yakuza organization in Japan with members up to 40,000 and Sumiyoshi-kai coming in second with 12,000 and Inagawa-Kai with 10,000. ( Adelstein, 2011) Citizens in Japan have many different views on the Yakuza. Many may insist that the Yakuza are criminals as they pursue money and power through the ways of any crime gangs anywhere. They do drug-dealing, smuggling, prostitution, gambling, and protection rackets. (Andrew Rankin, 2012) As such, people may have commonly defined the Yakuza as purely evil because they have caused a negative impact on the society over the years due to their notorious activities. However, this can also be argued because it also definitely true that the Yakuza has brought about many positive impacts on Japan’s society as well. These positive impacts were definitely overshadowed by all the negative impacts.…show more content…
They meddle in illegal activities like prostitution, drug-dealing and smuggling and loansharking. They take protection fees from shops under their area of protection. The Yakuza can also be commonly known as contractors where they provide services to the Japan’s society under high interest rates. Often, people who engaged their services usually get beaten up due to their lack of ability to pay the services’ high interest rate. (Velgus, 2012) Also, through their loan-sharking activities, frauds and interference in civil disputes, they have led to an increase in crime rates in Japan. (Andrew Rankin,
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