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Three members of organized crime groups affiliated with the Yamaguchi-gumi, the largest criminal organization in the nation, have been arrested on suspicion of extorting 6 million yen from a middleman in illegal gambling operations.
The three are the first gang members to be arrested over the gambling scandal that has involved many sumo wrestlers and stablemasters.
On Monday, the Metropolitan Police Department searched offices in Osaka and Fukuoka of the Yamaguchi-gumi affiliate organizations to which the three arrested men belong.
Arrested Sunday were Yoshihiko Yasuda, 45, a senior member of a gang based in Fukuoka; Satohiro Mantani, 37, a senior member of a gang based in Osaka Prefecture; and Katsuhito Tahara, 34, a member of the same gang as Mantani. The police also rearrested Mitsutomo Furuichi, 38, a former low-ranking sumo wrestler and self-described former member of a crime group, on Sunday for alleged extortion.
Furuichi has already been indicted on charges of extorting money from former ozeki Kotomitsuki. The police suspect the three gang members may have also been involved in Furuichi's attempts to extort hush money from Kotomitsuki.Three members of organized crime groups affiliated with the Yamaguchi-gumi, the... more
Illegal betting by stars and links to Japanese gangsters have rocked ancient sport already tainted by violence and bullying.
The faces staring out from the prints covering the wall of a tiny museum in Tokyo are uniformly podgy. They are the yokozuma, men who, over the centuries, have reached the apex of the ancient sport of sumo wrestling. Possessed of devastating strength and skill, they are also feted for modesty in victory and dignity in defeat.
The coach parties of pensioners at the sumo museum in Tokyo’s Ryogoku district linger before the yokozuna (grand champions), laughing as they recognise faces from the past and, perhaps, hoping for happier times for Japan’s de facto national sport.Illegal betting by stars and links to Japanese gangsters have rocked ancient sport... more
CFD!'s Rob Thomas has just returned from a trip to Japan... well, not actually. He *has* played Yakuza 3, however. That's gotta be pretty close, right? Learn from the wisdom accumulated during his virtual tour of Tokyo:
"Contrary to the opinions of their detractors, video games are constantly improving our lives. Even ignoring the obvious benefits (improved hand/eye coordination, etc.) we learn new, important lessons on a daily basis: teamwork (online multiplayer games), the value of friendship and comradery in surmounting world-shattering obstacles (countless JRPGs), and overcoming shyness and low self-esteem (any music game in a group setting – although a few stiff drinks will generally do the job as well).
"Similarly, Sega’s Yakuza 3 has taught me that should I ever find myself in Japan, I will be able to resolve any problem that comes my way – no matter how trivial – with the judicious and measured application of my fists, feet and whatever nearby everyday objects that aren’t nailed down to said problem’s face. Whoever said “violence isn’t the answer” obviously never met Kazuma Kiryu."
http://www.crushfragdestroy.com/2010/06/05/yakuza-3-crush-frag-review/CFD!'s Rob Thomas has just returned from a trip to Japan... well, not actually.... more
"Many Yakuza fans never thought we'd see the third installment of Kazuma Kiryu's life story on Western shores, but Sega has surprised us by delivering Yakuza 3 to American PS3s. The violent adventure epic has a modest but strong fanbase here. The sequel hasn't made it Stateside completely intact, but what's here is more than up to snuff, if you're willing to come along for the ride."
http://g4tv.com/videos/44912/Yakuza-3-Review/"Many Yakuza fans never thought we'd see the third installment of Kazuma... more
The Japan PlayStation Store has updated and there is a demo for Yakuza 4!
SEGA has just released a new trailer for Yakuza 4 and the visuals are absolutely breathtaking.SEGA has just released a new trailer for Yakuza 4 and the visuals are absolutely... more
Sega’s first two entries in the Yakuza series (Ryu ga Gotoku it its native land) were praised by fans and garnered pretty decent reviews from critics as well when they came across the Pacific and landed on PlayStation 2; the first even having a fairly large localization budget spent on it by hiring top Hollywood voice talent for the characters. However, they flopped fairly hard commercially. Promotion for Yakuza 2, in particular, was almost non-existent – so much so that many fans weren’t even aware it had been released.
Talk swirled around earlier this year that Sega had no plans to bring Yakuza 3 for PS3 overseas, seeing the title as too risky. But when the fall came, rumors floated up that a localization was in the works. Well, it looks like your good faith was rewarded, niche gamers. Let’s try to not screw it up this time, shall we?
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http://www.crushfragdestroy.com/2009/12/09/sega-bringing-yakuza-3-stateside-gives-gamers-benefit-of-doubt/Sega’s first two entries in the Yakuza series (Ryu ga Gotoku it its native land)... more
As an American journalist in Japan, Jake Adelstein uncovered a world unknown to many of the Japanese public, let alone to foreigners: the world of organized crime. For 12 years, he investigated for Japan's largest newspaper, the Yomiuri Shinbun.
In his final story, Adelstein went toe-to-toe with one of the country's most notorious crime bosses, a discovery that led to death threats for him and his family — death threats that have yet to be lifted. His new memoir about his experiences is called Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan.
After leaving the paper in 2005, Adelstein was chief investigator for a U.S. State Department-sponsored study of human trafficking in Japan. Today he is considered one of the foremost experts on organized crime in Japan, and works as a writer and consultant in Japan and the United States.
Adelstein is also the public relations director for the Washington, D.C.-based Polaris Project Japan, which combats human trafficking and the exploitation of women and children in the sex trade. He joins Terry Gross to talk about that work, his book and the organized-crime landscape in Japan.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120237244As an American journalist in Japan, Jake Adelstein uncovered a world unknown to many... more
The Sanja Matsuri is one of the most famous festivals in Japan, attracting millions of visitors every year, but a lot of people probably don’t realize just how deep the yakuza-Sanja connection is. According to an article in the Asahi Shinbun Newspaper, some 70 percent of the groups that participate in the festival are controlled by yakuza. After an incident a couple of years ago in which a man paid money to a yakuza gang to be allowed to ride on top of a mikoshi (in violation of the festival’s rules, and apparently an act of sacrilege), the police investigated 30 some-odd groups of local residents who carry mikoshi. They found that more than 20 of them were headed up by members of yakuza syndicates.
The festival is apparently a source of funds for the yakuza groups, who siphon off money from the associations, as well as being an opportunity to do some PR work. Most of the yakuza come from the Yamaguchi-gumi or the Sumiyoshi-kai.The Sanja Matsuri is one of the most famous festivals in Japan, attracting millions of... more
Spike TV's 'Deadliest Warrior' puts history's most lethal fighters in a fake fight to the finish. Your fantasy battle scenarios have come true.
infoMania is a half-hour satirical news show that airs on Current TV. The show puts a comedic spin on the 24-hour chaos and information overload brought about by the constant bombardment of the media. Hosted by Conor Knighton and co-starring Brett Erlich, Sarah Haskins, Ben Hoffman, and Sergio Cilli, the show airs on Thursdays at 10 pm Eastern and Pacific Times and can be found online at http://current.com/infomania/ or on Current TV. And make sure to check out our facebook profile for special features at http://infomaniafacebook.com.Spike TV's 'Deadliest Warrior' puts history's most lethal fighters... more
This week on infoMania Brett Michaels gets floored at the Tony Awards. Sherri Shepherd talks anatomy on 'The View.' Heidi and Spencer get all, like, spiritual in the jungle. Spike TV uses science, history, and stupid-ness to determine the Deadliest Warrior of all time. Sarah Haskins wonders why best friends in commercials are always trying to sell each other stuff. Sergio
Cilli checks out the most popular music videos on iTunes. And Brett Erlich enjoys the great outdoors vicariously.
infoMania is a half-hour satirical news show that airs on Current TV. The show puts a comedic spin on the 24-hour chaos and information overload brought about by the constant bombardment of the media. Hosted by Conor Knighton and co-starring Brett Erlich, Sarah Haskins, Ben Hoffman, and Sergio Cilli, the show airs on Thursdays at 10 pm Eastern and Pacific Times and can be found online at http://current.com/infomania/ or on Current TV. And make sure to check out our facebook profile for special features at http://infomaniafacebook.com.This week on infoMania Brett Michaels gets floored at the Tony Awards. Sherri... more