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May 30, 2008 | John M. Glionna and Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writers
UCLA Medical Center and its most accomplished liver surgeon provided a life-saving transplant to one of Japan's most powerful gang bosses, law enforcement sources told The Times. In addition, the surgeon performed liver transplants at UCLA on three other men who are now barred from entering the United States because of their criminal records or suspected affiliation with Japanese organized crime groups, said a knowledgeable law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
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February 24, 1996 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A white Mercedes-Benz with tinted glass, a trademark vehicle for yakuza, Japan's mobsters, waited in front of the 11-story luxury apartment, engine running, a glamorous young woman at the wheel and a tough-looking man by her side. Inside the entryway, the man's voice on the intercom was rich with self-confidence when a visitor asked if his unit was occupied by the Bukyokai, a subgroup of Japan's biggest yakuza gang. "You've done your homework well," he said with a laugh.
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