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Yakuza gangster population falls for 16th straight year

  • April 9, 2021
  • , Yomiuri , p. 29
  • JMH Translation

Gangsters in Japan (including those loosely associated with crime syndicates) numbered approximately 25,900 as of the end of last year, dropping 2,300 from the previous year and marking the 16th straight year of decline, according to the National Police Agency. By group, Yamaguchi-gumi had 8,200 members; Sumiyoshi-kai, 4,200; Inagawa-kai, 3,300; Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, 2,500; and Kizuna-kai, 490. The five groups account for more than 70% of total gangsters in Japan. It is thought that more and more crime syndicate members are leaving their groups as crackdowns on crime intensify and the social exclusion of gang members increases, thus making it difficult for gangsters to operate.

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