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  • Keishicho Kouhou on organized crime in Japan: Places NJ gangs in context for a change

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on September 7th, 2010

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    Hi Blog.  Got this from friend MS yesterday, a monthly publication from the Tokyo Police letting us know what they’re up to regarding fighting crime.  In this case, the Yakuza.  Have a look:

    I’m happier with this than usual.  Yes, we have the regular report on the evils that foreign criminals get up to.  But this time, it’s not a major focus, and it’s within a context of all the other evils that Japanese criminals get up to.

    Fine.  Go get the bad guys.  Just don’t make it seem the bad guys are bad because they are foreign.  As the past NPA notices have taken great pains (and taxpayer outlay) to make clear (archive here at

    This is an improvement.  It provides context as well as content.  And the appropriate weight.  Arudou Debito in Sapporo

    4 Responses to “Keishicho Kouhou on organized crime in Japan: Places NJ gangs in context for a change”

    1. Tony in Saitama Says:

      Is that Tony Laszlo on the bottom right??

    2. alberto Says:

      But, why always 追放 (expulsion) and not 根絶 (eradication) or similar, something that implies finishing the problem not move it to other neighbor.

    3. NQD Says:

      It also finally acknowledges the (fairly obvious) fact that foreign criminal organizations are able to operate in Japan only due to their connections with the Yakuza.
      In other words, acting as accomplices rather than outright invaders.

      I kind of think the 追放 wording is best – these publications are aimed at local residents, and they’re not suggesting that people go out Charles Bronson-style and annihilate the mob, but rather asking them to help drive the gangs away by making the area inhospitable to criminal activity, which is about the extent to which regular people can improve things. The Yakuza is basically a business, and a good way to put someone out of business is to eliminate their markets.

    4. john k Says:

      This is a great expose:

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