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Yakuza cash in supplying workers for nuclear clean-up

Japanese criminal groups are pocketing millions of yen in government funds for supplying workers to help clear up areas contaminated with radiation from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, according to an expert on the Yakuza gangs.

Thursday, 9 May, 2013, 2:02am

One-eyed gang chief jailed for extortion in Japan

The second in command of Japan's biggest yakuza crime organisation was convicted of extortion yesterday. Kiyoshi "Mekkachi" Takayama, 65, who reputedly lost the use of one eye in a swordfight early in his career, was jailed for six years.

23 Mar 2013 - 2:42am

Tough laws force Japan's yakuza to change their ways

It's tough being a hood in Japan these days as laws that went into effect in late 2011 begin to bite gangsters hard.

22 Jan 2013 - 3:16am

Japanese minister expected to resign over yakuza claims

Japan’s justice minister, who was appointed just 18 days ago, was hospitalised on Friday amid reports that he was set to resign after he admitted having had links with organised crime.

20 Oct 2012 - 2:14pm

Japanese minister Keishu Tanaka refuses to quit over yakuza claims

Japan's justice minister, appointed just 18 days ago, has admitted himself to hospital and appears set to resign after admitting that he played a ceremonial role in a yakuza wedding decades ago.

Both Kyodo News and public broadcaster NHK reported yesterday that Keishu Tanaka was going to quit.

20 Oct 2012 - 3:56am

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10 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Yakuza kingpin sentenced to death for 'terrorism' spree

A key member of Japan's powerful Sumiyoshi-kai underworld group yesterday was sentenced to hang for a series of shootings that ended with five people dead, including three members of the public.

The shootings were part of an internal power struggle within the yakuza group, the second-largest in Japan with about 10,000 members.

11 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Thin-skinned thugs

Japan's gangsters revel in their image of hard-working, hard-fighting protectors of the common man. They also enjoy their portrayal in dozens of movies and television dramas, where well-known actors show them as fearless, fiercely protective of their clan, loyal and ready to sacrifice all for their gang.

29 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Arms haul stokes fears of yakuza turf wars

The seizure of automatic weapons, a grenade launcher and 6kg of industrial explosives in Yokohama in the past two weeks may have headed off a turf war between two of the largest underworld groups, according to police.

11 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Digit doc gives gangsters a helping hand

What happens when mobsters want to abandon their criminal ways and go straight? For American wiseguys, the options are limited: run and hope for the best, or fink on your cronies and join a witness protection scheme, always remembering to check under the car hood every morning.

9 Aug 2004 - 12:00am