CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2008 |
In a society otherwise marked by gentle formality and good manners, the Japanese crime syndicates known as the yakuza have for decades been linked to murder, money laundering, racketeering and pornography. In recent years, they have expanded to lucrative real estate and stock market scams, according to Japanese media reports and yakuza experts. The yakuza, slang for the losing hand in a card game, have an estimated 85,000 organized crime members and associates.