Cash remittance is the traditional payment method for Mikajimeryo, but many businesses have also been threatened with buying drinking water and potted plants at exorbitant prices from yakuza-affiliated companies. Tokyo`s Anti-Yakuza Order prohibits stores located in busy commercial areas of designated areas from paying Mikajimeryo. Payers face a maximum sentence of one year in prison or a fine of up to 500,000 yen. Expert explains why yakuza have such a hard time ending gang life Soon after, when a yakuza showed up, the businessman said he was seeking help from the police. The gangster said nothing and left the store. He never returned, the man said. Through the eyes of “foreigners,” Yakuza movies show social nonsense Japan has some of the strictest gun control laws in the world. It is a crime to possess a gun or a bullet, a serious charge to possess both, and shooting a gun can earn a yakuza (or civilian) more than twenty years in prison. For this reason, in a country of more than 122 million people, there was only one murder with a gun in 2016.

(The victim was a yakuza). The Yakuza, for the most part, do not know how to use weapons. There is no place to practice. Although they did not identify themselves, the businessman said he was convinced they were yakuza. “Many companies are struggling in the coronavirus crisis,” an MPD official said. “Store managers who are forced to pay gangsters should first consult the police. A merchant had been paying the fees for half a century. Japan currently has more than 22 separate organized crime groups with office buildings, company logos (代紋), and some even have pension plans; They are collectively referred to as “the Yakuza”. Groups are governed by Japanese law but are not prohibited. In video games, movies, and comics, yakuza are well-trained shooters, but in real life, most have. [+] No skills in the handling of firearms. This makes them bad candidates for private security forces.

“The Yakuza are by far the best entrepreneurs in Japan, but if this boss from Yamaguchi was really smart, he would expand overseas – but in the ramen shop business. That`s where the real money is. And it doesn`t matter if you can`t hit a target with a gun from two meters away. Japan`s organized crime groups (aka Yakuza) are still big business. The National Police Agency estimates that they still derive 5% of all income from construction; Yakuza shell companies are involved in waste disposal, maintenance and work assignments. They engage in legitimate and illegal businesses. Now, a group is considering getting into the private security scam. But in December last year, a police officer went to his store and the man explained his problem. The official said he “should end the relationship.” Even if a yakuza failed in his duties or if one of his subordinates failed, they cut off part of his finger and sacrificed him in atonement.

In short, old-school yakuza are tough guys. The groups are structured as all-male families, with the Oyabun (father figure) at the top and the Kobun (child figures) swearing absolute allegiance to him and their “older brothers”, even at the cost of their own lives. This spartan and almost military structure seems to make it the ideal private security force. The Ginza district of Tokyo is designated as an area for special measures to eliminate the yakuza. (File photo Asahi Shimbun) A business owner in Tokyo attributes the COVID-19 pandemic in part to the end of a year-long boring practice: paying “protection money” to yakuza gangsters. Robert Feldman, a respected economist, once said that the Yamaguchi-gumi are Japan`s second largest private equity group. Some Yakuza-run companies have made millions of dollars in profits. To develop this, the former colonel had some advice for the Ninkyo Yamaguchi-gumi. Police have stepped up their support for these businesses, including patrolling their stores, so they can reject the gangsters` demands without fear of reprisals. He said he started paying Mikajimeryo five years ago after two tall middle-aged men showed up at his store with “nasty” eyes and told him to buy a “shimekasari” straw garland for the New Year for 20,000 yen. “Do business with the yakuza and they will always come one day with a trade offer you`d rather not make,” he said. “It`s not like you have a choice at this point.

Yakuza really can`t help it. A bit like a tiger really can`t help but and one day decides to eat its master in Las Vegas. According to an interview published in the weekly FLASH, he wants to use his intrepid yakuza soldiers as real soldiers – yakuza mercenaries and/or security police who can protect Japanese citizens working abroad.