yakuza

Why is there a wrestling ring in the Underground Arena fighting bar in Kabukicho?

Investigating the underbelly of Tokyo in one of its most notorious districts.

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Birth Japan’s 2023 Lucky Bag will bring out your inner Japanese gangster【Photos】

New Year…New You?

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Why don’t hosts in Kabukicho approach our female reporter any more?

Back when she was younger she couldn’t get away from them, so we visit a host club to find out what’s going on. 

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“I’m the most famous thug in Saitama!” Japanese kids’ social media beef leads to beating, arrests

Never get into pointless arguments on the Internet, especially if the other person is friends with a yakuza member.

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Is real Tokyo as dangerous as the Yakuza video games? Chapter 4: Not Like a Dragon

The fourth and final stop on Mr. Sato’s look at Kabukicho, the real-world Kamurocho.

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Yakuza may be blocked from using all expressways in Japan within the decade

One of many modern conveniences evaporating on organized crime.

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Is real Tokyo as dangerous as the Yakuza video games? Chapter 3: Crazy Town

Stories of blood, cockroaches, and the old days of Kabukicho, Tokyo’s real-world Kamurocho.

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Is real Tokyo as dangerous as the Yakuza video games? Chapter 2: Towards the Gray Darkness

Mr. Sato continues his night out in Kabukicho, the real-world Kamurocho.

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Is Tokyo’s real-world Kamurocho as dangerous as the Yakuza games’ setting? Mr. Sato investigates

Our ace reporter hits the streets in his Kiryu Kazama cosplay to talk to the people who know Kabukicho best.

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Trying on Amazon Japan’s low-rated tattoo shirt to feel like a Showa-era punk

It’s like body paint, only with lower ratings.

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Yakuza-themed love hotel rooms! Great for couples, friends, and business meetings, owners say

Prison cell, interrogation room, and crime lord office all available.

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Yakuza bosses struggling to upgrade phones from 3G

Crime lords getting shaken down by telecom giants.

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Ichiran Ramen doubles the price of its lucky bag this New Year, but is it worth it?

Tonkotsu noodle specialist delivers goodwill and ramen for the new year.

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The Birth Japan lucky bag can transform anyone into a Japanese bad guy instantly

Full villainous fashions at a fraction of the price!

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Pickax-wielding yakuza member ambushes movie star Beat Takeshi in Tokyo

Famous director’s real life suddenly turns into what could be a scene from one of his organized crime movies.

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Feud with boy band talent agency might spell the end of Sega’s Judgement video game series

Lost Judgement could be the last Judgement if Sega can’t work out a compromise with with Takuya Kimura’s agency.

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Ocean’s 11: heist of over 2M yen in sea cucumbers thwarted by Japanese coast guard

Like they always say, stealing sea cucumbers doesn’t pay.

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Sip your coffee like a yakuza boss at Nagoya’s newly opened Ninkyo Cafe

The Ninkyo Café is furnished like a yakuza office and provides opportunities to participate in special events with the staff.

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Entire crew of Going Merry arrested by police in Japan (no, not on April 1)

The sea cucumbers they poached along the way actually are a sort of treasure.

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Hyogo residents learn the downside to living in an apartment that used to be a yakuza office

Cheap rent and great location comes with some very bad history.

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