Yakuza Gang

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Japan has the largest organized crime syndicate in the world. It’s called Yakuza. This particular gang, is very well known nationally, and is one of the largest gangs. It was founded in 1915, and it’s believed to originate from the last samurais. They are also considered an international syndicate, being active in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, and Hawaii etc. Their criminal activity includes: drug trafficking, money laundering, gambling, prostitution and bribery. Corporate blackmail is in their second nature. Being as though they make it their business to expose business owners to get what they want. They’re known to be a very dangerous organization. The members in the gang are tested before entering, as they must complete…show more content…
The Yakuza gang and the Samurai share similar characteristic. They shared the same systemic views on honor, respect and subservience, their regards to violence in order to solve problems, and the culture and pride. According to the article, Yakuza developed some political influenced after World War II. They were used during the anti-Communist movement to keep out left-leaning legislators while the Subversive Activities Bill was passed. During the 1600’s, and gang of thugs known as kabuki-mono, “crazy ones”, terrorized the local town residents. These individuals would walk the cities, stealing and vandalizing property, and stabbing citizens for entertainment. Kabuki-mono was easily recognizable by their clothing and language. However, Yakuza machi-yakko “city servant”, members disliked the Kabuki-mono gang, and fought against them. The village people highly admired and praised the City’s Servants for fighting against the Kabuki-mono gangs. However, the Yakuza members were small in numbers and weren’t as powerful and strong as the Kabuki-mono gang. Therefore, the leaders of the Machi-yakko strategized to gain respect within the local government. They were even granted permission to carry a sworn to people the local people. However, once the economic collapse so did the need of the Machi-yakko. Therefore, in efforts to still thrive,…show more content…
That is a question that can be easily asked, but very difficult to answered. Government officials of Japan have tried to become stricter on Yakuza, but have failed every time. Government official’s only solution is to compromise with the gang, and settle, only if the gang is willing to cooperate with them when needed. However, when the FBI tries to investigate beyond the gang’s approved, the Yakuza leaves pictures of the investigators family members. This is to use as a threat, to warn officials if they continue with their investigation their family members would be hurt. Officials have found it easier to regulate the gang, and preferred organized criminals than disorganized criminals (Blair, G.). In 2011, former President Obama signed an executive order to impose against international organized crimes. Former President Obama reasoning for signing the order, was to bring awareness to the growing threat of organized crime, and how it has affected the global financial scope and economics, as well as its threat to national security (Crook, J.
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