yakuza

Japanese Twitter users agree that yakuza members are more Photoshop savvy than the average joe

Although when you think about what they do for a living, it does makes sense.

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Clip shows Nintendo wouldn’t be the powerhouse it is today without cards and yakuza【Video】

Now one of the most influential firms in the video game industry, few know of the company’s past struggles.

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23-year-old Tokyo policewoman falls in movie-style love with yakuza member, real life ensues

He wasn’t arrested for theft, but he stole her heart, and she gave him even more in return.

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Happy Halloween from Japan’s largest criminal organization!

Kobe-based yakuza group beckons trick-or-treating kids with cotton candy in Frozen bags at its criminal headquarters.

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Japanese requirement for tattoo artists to have medical licenses may be nail in industry’s coffin

Osaka district court ruling says tattooing isn’t art, it’s a medical procedure.

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Fake yakuza arrested in Tokyo after threatening man who was walking while staring at a smartphone

Continued backlash against “arukisumaho” seen in social media users’ responses.

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Watch the dying art of the punch perm, a quintessential Japanese hairstyle, in Mr. Sato’s new ‘do

Mr. Sato experiences a classic of Japanese hairstyling from the Showa Era to get in touch with… Eh, okay. He lost a bet.

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Six uniquely Osaka experiences

After living in Tokyo for ten years, our Osaka-born writer Seiji Nakazawa shares some experiences from his hometown he thought were normal but actually weren’t.

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Top 3 most feared customers according to former phone sales rep

Who beats out religious proponents and yakuza for the most feared customer to encounter at a mobile phone counter?

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Couriers scare off yakuza members pretending to be yakuza members

One of the gangsters reportedly admitted, “I have never met anyone as tough as those deliverymen.”

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Former yakuza leader arrested for shaking down friend made while playing Pokémon GO

For one unwitting young man, a game of Pokémon GO turned into Grand Theft Auto GO.

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Fear and murder plague Western Japan golf courses over a checkbox on application forms

A handful of golf courses in Fukuoka Prefecture have refused to add a certain checkbox to their applications for fear of their lives.

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Japanese government encouraging hot springs to ease tattoo restrictions

Change could lead to a significant increase in foreign visitors, proponents argue.

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Kewpie dolls found in Asakusa have the face of an angel, the bottom of a brothel owner

You can take a doll out of the store, but the staff will have to cut off one of its fingers first…

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Yakuza 6 lets you duke it out inside an ultra-detailed Japanese convenience store【Video】

Anyone who’s been to Japan knows that the convenience store is the prefect place to get snacks, pay your bills, buy adult material, and get into a fight. Wait, what?

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Hello Kitty cosplays as gun-slinging schoolgirl from new “Sailor Suit and Machine Gun” movie

Hello Kitty loves to cosplay and this time she’s dressing up as a badass schoolgirl with a machine gun.

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PlayStation 4 gets limited edition ‘Yakuza Kiwami’ model

Model will ship alongside Yakuza Kiwami game on January 21.

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50-man yakuza brawl broken up by 100 police leads to four arrests

Police were luckily able to return all the fighters to Adventure Mode before any serious injuries were sustained.

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Japan’s biggest yakuza organization tweets to announce that Halloween is cancelled this year

Ah Halloween. After Christmas, it’s easily the best time of the year to be a kid. You get to dress up, scare people with your friends, and then best of all… go to your local organized crime branch to get a giant bag of candy.

Such has been the annual tradition on Halloween for children who visit the headquarters of the Japanese yakuza group Yamaguchi-gumi in Kobe. But this year, Halloween has had an “unfortunate accident” and been cancelled, meaning the mob will be handing out no candy.

Wait… what? Japanese mafia? Halloween candy? What do these things have in common? Read on to find out!

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Yakuza 6 to feature baddest Yakuza film dude of all time: Japanese actor Beat Takeshi 【Video】

Japanese actor and director “Beat” Takeshi Kitano is an instantly recognisable face over here in Japan, but westerners might be more familiar with him in his role as sadistic homeroom teacher Kitano in Battle Royale, or perhaps as the host of the madcap 1980s Japanese game show Takeshi’s Castle.

But it turns out that ol’ Beat is no longer just the face of Japanese TV and gritty movies, as he has recently joined a long line of celebrities lending their voices and images to video games. Check out Beat Takeshi’s appearance in the upcoming Sega game, Yakuza 6, in the following trailer.

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