A traditional Japanese tattoo, as used often by the Yakuza. Photo: Anton Kusters/48 Hours Magazine

Japanese yakuza are recruiting homeless people to build infrastructure ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The involvement of the underworld in Japan’s construction sector is well documented, although latest arrests may signal a crackdown on the gangs’ activities in the run-up to the Games

Topic |   Japan

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A traditional Japanese tattoo, as used often by the Yakuza. Photo: Anton Kusters/48 Hours Magazine
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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.