Let’s be honest, it is impossible to explain complex organisations in just a couple of seconds. However, #BBCAsia tried to give short and informative first glance into the Japanese Mafia, Yakuza, in their video clip Who are Japan’s Yakuza? In 60 seconds. Nothing to get too crazy about, but if you hardly have any knowledge about the Yakuza this might come in handy and trigger your interest.
I guess it is useful to know in which business the Yakuza is in nowadays – as many tourists still believe they get caught in the clutches of the Yakuza easily. Many non-East Asian friends of mine often wonder why Korean, Japanese and Chinese society are so strict about and against tattoos. It is the image which comes with the tattoos as only mafia members used to have tattoos – especially large dragon tattoos on the back or heavily full-cover tattoos (e.g. arm-sleeve tattoos) – and therefore a strong stigma is still resting on tattoos.