Membership of Yakuza gangs shrunk to 30,500 from 184,000 in the early 1960s. Yakuza control Japan’s drug and sex industries and thus earned a reasonable living. As a result of

  • Ongoing police crackdown on organized crime
  • Communities no longer afraid of gangs and forced groups to close offices in residential districts
  • Prefectural governments setting up programs that provides financial assistance to gangsters who want to get a legitimate job
  • It has also become illegal for business owners to pay protection money to gangs
  • Yakuza kingpin is also now legally responsible when one of his underlings kills or injures another person


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