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Yakuza: Japan's Criminal Underworld

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Publisher Comments:

"A fascinating study of how criminal enterprise can infect the very heart of modern capitalism. Here is the backstage world of political influence and organized crime in the world's second largest economy... by far the most detailed and even-handed study of this important and neglected subject."and#151;John W. Dower, author of Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

Reviews of original edition:

"A superb study of Japan's underworld that is both entertaining and revealing. The authors miss none of the color and curious detail of the yakuza style, but at the same time go far beyond surface observations."and#151;Far Eastern Economic Review

"The book is laden with fascinating information, some of it heretofore unavailable in English."and#151;Washington Post

"Blend the Mafia with the Masons. Let them simmer a while, then fold in the Ku Klux Klan and you'll have the yakuzaand#133;. Important and timelyand#133;Yakuza will serve for years as the source document on Japanese organized crime."and#151;San Jose Mercury News

"State-of-the-art investigative reportingand#133;must reading for those who consider themselves already highly conversant with yakuza activitiesand#133;disturbing."and#151;Journal of Asian Studies

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 377-386) and index.

Synopsis:

Known for their striking full-body tattoos and severed fingertips, Japan's gangsters comprise a criminal class eighty thousand strongand#151;more than four times the size of the American Mafia. Despite their criminal nature, the yakuza are accepted by fellow Japanese to a degree guaranteed to shock most Westerners. Here is the first book to reveal the extraordinary reach of Japan's Mafia. Originally published in 1986, Yakuza was so controversial in Japan that it could not be published there for five years. But in the West it has long served as the standard reference on Japanese organized crime, inspiring novels, screenplays, and criminal investigations. David E. Kaplan and Alec Dubro spent nearly two decades conducting hundreds of interviews with everyone from street-level hoodlums and police to Japan's most powerful godfathers. The result is a searing indictment of corruption in the world's second-largest economy.

This updated, expanded, and thoroughly revised edition of Yakuza tells the full story of Japan's remarkable crime syndicates, from their feudal start as bands of medieval outlaws to their emergence as billion-dollar investors in real estate, big business, art, and more.

About the Author

David E. Kaplan covers organized crime and terrorism for U.S. News and World Report. He is coauthor of The Cult at the End of the World: The Terrifying Story of the Aum Doomsday Cult (1996) and author of Fires of the Dragon: Politics, Murder and the Kuomingtang (1992). Alec Dubro is a freelance journalist and communications consultant for labor and non-profit groups. He is past president of the National Writers Union.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520215627
Subtitle:
Japan's Criminal Underworld
Author:
Kaplan, David E
Author:
Dubro, Alec
Author:
Kaplan, David E.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Gangs
Subject:
Organized crime
Subject:
Crime
Subject:
Yakuza
Subject:
Yakuza -- Japan -- History.
Subject:
Yakuza -- History.
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Expanded ed.
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series Volume:
no. 1
Publication Date:
20030201
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 b/w photographs, 9 line illustrations
Pages:
422
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.05 lb

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History and Social Science » Asia » Japan » Contemporary 1945 to Present
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Known for their striking full-body tattoos and severed fingertips, Japan's gangsters comprise a criminal class eighty thousand strongand#151;more than four times the size of the American Mafia. Despite their criminal nature, the yakuza are accepted by fellow Japanese to a degree guaranteed to shock most Westerners. Here is the first book to reveal the extraordinary reach of Japan's Mafia. Originally published in 1986, Yakuza was so controversial in Japan that it could not be published there for five years. But in the West it has long served as the standard reference on Japanese organized crime, inspiring novels, screenplays, and criminal investigations. David E. Kaplan and Alec Dubro spent nearly two decades conducting hundreds of interviews with everyone from street-level hoodlums and police to Japan's most powerful godfathers. The result is a searing indictment of corruption in the world's second-largest economy.

This updated, expanded, and thoroughly revised edition of Yakuza tells the full story of Japan's remarkable crime syndicates, from their feudal start as bands of medieval outlaws to their emergence as billion-dollar investors in real estate, big business, art, and more.

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