Japan | Is Japanese organized crime a sunset industry? Don't bet on it

Is Japanese organized crime a sunset industry? Don’t bet on it

If the latest police data is to be believed, the endlessly storied yakuza are heading for extinction. But don’t hold your breath

April 18, 2018 1:13 PM (UTC+8)
Retired Japanese crime boss Shigeharu Shirai, 72, is shown to the press in Thailand to show his gang-style tattoos at a police station after his arrest in Lopburi. Shirai had been on the run for more than 14 years. He was caught after photos of his yakuza tattoos and a missing little finger went viral on social media. Photo: AFP/ from Royal Thai Police
Retired Japanese crime boss Shigeharu Shirai, 72, is shown to the press in Thailand to show his gang-style tattoos at a police station after his arrest in Lopburi. Shirai had been on the run for more than 14 years. He was caught after photos of his yakuza tattoos and a missing little finger went viral on social media. Photo: AFP/ from Royal Thai Police
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