Melons are favourite targets for Japan’s yakuza, although the returns are not huge and the work difficult and tiring. File photo: Shutterstock

Times are tough for Japan’s poor yakuza. They’re stealing melons

Gangs have traditionally made their money from extortion rackets, illegal gambling, the sex trade and drugs

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Melons are favourite targets for Japan’s yakuza, although the returns are not huge and the work difficult and tiring. File photo: Shutterstock
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.