Yakuza: Japan's Criminal Underworld, 25th Anniversary Edition

ISBN-10: 0520274903
ISBN-13: 9780520274907
Edition: 2012
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Univ of California Pr
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 422
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

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.Yakuzais the first book to reveal the extraordinary reach of Japan's Mafia. Originally published in 1986, it was so controversial in Japan that it could not be published there for five years.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 and has inspired novels, screenplays, and criminal investigations. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition tells the full story or 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.

Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Preface to the 2012 Edition
Prologue: Enter the Yakuza
Early History
The Honorable Outlaws
The Kodama Years
Occupied Japan
Nexus on the Right
The Black Mist
The Modern Yakuza
The Syndicates
Corruption, Japanese-Style
The Keizai Yakuza
The Collapsing Bubble
The Move Abroad
Meth, Money, and the Sex Trade
Old Markets and New
Across the Pacific
To America
Epilogue: A New Yakuza
A Note on Research
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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