Yakuza: The Explosive Account of Japan's Criminal Underworld

This updated, expanded, and thoroughly revised edition of Yakuza (originally published in 1986)provides an in-depth exploration of the legendary, multi-billion dollar criminal empire with roots extending back to Japanese gamblers in the 16th century. Driven underground during Japan's turn of the century modernization, the Yakuza was resurrected by US occupation officials after WWII. The book shows how it became both a major force behind the post-war 'economic miracle' and one of the largest, most far reaching criminal organizations in the world.

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