A retired Japanese yakuza crime boss smokes a cigarette at his residence in Tokyo on March 20, 2009. Photo: AFP

Japan’s yakuza are being arrested for poaching fish. Are they all washed up?

  • A police crackdown has seen members of the underworld, usually associated with violent protection rackets and narcotics, turn to illegal fishing
  • Membership is dwindling and the public sees them as an anachronism, with efforts to bust gangsters likely to step up after next year’s Olympics
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A retired Japanese yakuza crime boss smokes a cigarette at his residence in Tokyo on March 20, 2009. Photo: AFP
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