Japanese Yakuza Arrests and Membership Numbers

Police in Japan arrested over 24,000 yakuza members across the country in 2012. Included in the arrests were 23 bosses of the Yamaguchi-gumi, the largest organized crime syndicate in Japan. The crimes that the members were arrested for included extortion, illegal drugs, illegal gambling, theft and fraudulent activities. In addition to arrests, yakuza groups across… Continue reading Japanese Yakuza Arrests and Membership Numbers

Underage Prostitution Cases in Japan in 2012

In 2012, the National Police Agency in Japan investigated nearly 6,800 reports of underage prostitution in the country. Security officials state that the number of transactions conducted online has increased over the past three years. Source:  “NPA to launch nationwide protection scheme for underage girls offering sex for cash online,” Japan Today, October 12, 2013.

Casinos in Japan Managed by the Yakuza

Organized crime groups in Japan are running illegal gambling dens where computers display video of casinos in the Philippines and Costa Rica. The players in Japan watch the monitor and place their bets accordingly. The casinos in the foreign country are legal, while the gambling on the feed in Japan is not. The virtual casino… Continue reading Casinos in Japan Managed by the Yakuza

Prostitution of Minors in Japan

A 14 year old Japanese girl told anti human trafficking organization Polaris Project Japan that men were paying roughly $100 (10,000 Japanese Yen) to have sex with her in hotels in Japan. The men, who ranged from college age men to “a man who was around the same age as her own grandfather”, responded to… Continue reading Prostitution of Minors in Japan

Yakuza Money Laundering out of Indonesia

The author of a book about the Yakuza in Indonesia estimates that about $197 Million (2 Trillion Indonesian Rupiah) was laundered by Japanese organized crime groups out of Indonesia over the course of several year back from 2013. Richard Susilo reports that the Yakuza has been active in Indonesia since the 1970s. (More information about… Continue reading Yakuza Money Laundering out of Indonesia

Fake Resident Cards in Japan

Immigration officials in Japan has identified at least 33 cases of foreigners holding counterfeit resident cards between July 2012 through May 2013. Japan introduced a new foreign resident card system on July 9, 2012, and has issued around 1.1 million cards thus far. The holders of the counterfeit cards were reported to have overstayed their… Continue reading Fake Resident Cards in Japan

Number of Japanese Yakuza Members Who Quit in 2012

The National Police Agency in Japan stated that 3,300 members of the Yamaguchi-gumi group quit organized crime activities in 2012. The Yamaguchi-gumi is the largest Japanese Yakuza organization with 27,700 members. The group accounts for over 40 percent of the 63,200 Yakuza members in Japan as of 2012. (More information about the Japanese Yakuza and… Continue reading Number of Japanese Yakuza Members Who Quit in 2012

Price of a New Custom-Built Pinkie Finger for Former Yakuza Members

In the Japanese criminal gangs, members cut off their pinkie finger in a ritual called “yubitsume” whenever they have made a serious offense to the gang. Many former Yakuza members have a difficult time finding jobs due to the social stigma surrounding the gang. A prosthetic expert in Japan creates silicone finger extensions for former… Continue reading Price of a New Custom-Built Pinkie Finger for Former Yakuza Members

Number of Yakuza Groups Broken Up in 2012

Japan’s National Police Agency reported that up to 213 yakuza groups were either broken up by police or dissolved on their own in 2013. The number of yakuza gang members in these groups was a combined 1,336 members. In addition to these members, around 600 members quit and left organized crime activities in Japan in… Continue reading Number of Yakuza Groups Broken Up in 2012

Number of Companies Employing Former Yakuza Members

In 2012, a total of 2,224 companies in Japan were employing former Yakuza members, according to a survey conducted by the National Police Agency. The number of companies hiring workers was down from the high of 5,570 in 1995. Police officials in Japan stated that out of the 1,254 Yakuza members who left their groups… Continue reading Number of Companies Employing Former Yakuza Members