Date: 2010 October 05 16:25
Posted by Joe
BBC News have an interesting article on Jake Adelstein a journalist who reports on the Japanese mafia. It forms an interesting insight into the seeder criminal side of Japan.
"Compared with his home country, the crime scene here was very different - in Japan, organised crime has not been driven underground.
'There is an idea within Japan that the yakuza are a necessary evil, that by having them around they keep street crime down,' Adelstein explained."
The article also mentions the threats Adelstein faced -
"Erase the story... or we'll erase you. And maybe your family. But we'll do them first so you learn your lesson before you die."