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U.S. imposes sanctions on Japan's No. 2 yakuza syndicate

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Intersting article.

but don't say "Godfather" and "deputy-Godfather" please.

Use the Japanese "Kumi Cho" or just say "Boss".

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Yeah, I knew what you were talking about. Support the ones who don't. Spell Colombians correctly. Thanks

Don't lose any sleep over it. No big thing. As long as you knew what I was referring to...

They did not give to the Obama campaign fund. That is why he did it. Obama is in deep with organized crime >and he gets a cut, if they do not give him a cut they go on his death list. Whoever said "why didn't he bribe >some Republicans has no idea what they are talking about. The Democrats are the ones always going to >prison for bribes and they openly take bribes.

You think ONLY Dems take bribes, this is not a partisan issue remember, there were a few Repubs that got caught with their hands in the cookie jar and while I detest Obama, there is no proof for what you just said. Obama does some very insane outlandish stuff, but taking a bribe, I don't know. Seems a bit far fetched to me.

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Their assets to be sold and the money should compensate to their victims and go to charity.

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They did not give to the Obama campaign fund. That is why he did it. Obama is in deep with organized crime and he gets a cut, if they do not give him a cut they go on his death list. Whoever said "why didn't he bribe some Republicans has no idea what they are talking about. The Democrats are the ones always going to prison for bribes and they openly take bribes.

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Thanks Tairitsuiken! It also drives me crazy when people here write ColUmbia for Colombia?? and God knows what else for Colombians, I guess they would write ColUmbians?? As far as I can remember, all modern PCs have spell checker, right?? Anyway, the yakuza are scum, they are paying off the Japanese police, giving them free sex service, but we all know this country is "Safety Japan" so we should just all pretend their is NO prostitution, no drugs here in "Safety Japan", right??

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@bass Yeah, I knew what you were talking about. Support the ones who don't. Spell Colombians correctly. Thanks.

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@tai

Apparently you know what I was talking about, remember that as well.

A high proportion of the Yakusa's illegal business today is less involved with street level activity than it is with >corporate crime of one kind or another. For example insider trading.

True and this is one of the reasons as to why it is lot more difficult to spot them in the states, they do blend in very well and as you said, they do a lot of corporate crime and within the last 25 years, Yakuza and the Triads have been working together on many scams, this is a good move on the government for blocking them.

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A high proportion of the Yakusa's illegal business today is less involved with street level activity than it is with corporate crime of one kind or another. For example insider trading. One way to try to disguise this and so evade investigation is to make such trades on international exchanges outside Japan, such as through front operations trading on the US exchanges. That is the kind of thing the US is trying to clamp down on.

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Ah...better the devil you know than the devil you don't know.

Maybe. I think the comparative toleration of the yakuza in Japan is due to the idea of containment. "Crime" itself is part and parcel of any large, democratic and capitalist society. It can never, ever be totally eliminated, only controlled to a certain extent. Of course, the yakuza are a malicious and dangerous group, undoubtedly a source of misery to some; but trying to eliminate them would not eliminate the vast majority of its members... and I don't think the demise of established yakuza groups would mean that these members would all suddenly become law-abiding "salarimen".

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"It'd be nice if Japan did this as well."

Yeah, so why don't they? Will this get TV coverage in the US, and will talking heads on TV ask whether Japan can do the same thing?

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That's not true, the Yakuza are NOT the largest crime syndicate in the world. The Columbiansare THE largest in the world. Having said that, coming from CA. the Yakuza are a bit more low keyed in their operations, mostly meth, illegal firearms, loan sharking and doing businesses with the Chinese Triad and the Vietnamese. They are bit more difficult to spot on the mainland than Japan or Hawaii.

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Bartholemew: "in my book you take care of Your Own Problems FIRST!"

It's pretty clear you just came on here as it's a chance to try and blast Obama, but sorry to break it to you; Yakuza operations and assets IN THE US IS 'your own problem' (ie. a US domestic problem)! Drop the hate for a minute and think about it... just because it's a foreign mafia using your soil does not mean it is not your problem and you should ignore it.

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The yakuza are the largest crime cyndicate in the world. Of course they have money diversified every where. I mean really. Hello!!!! Look at mitt Romney. He is running for president and has money "hidden" in several differnt countires. You don't think other crimes do the same thing he does?

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billyshears Sep. 28, 2012 - 11:19AM JST

Ah...better the devil you know than the devil you don't know.

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I am sure you got the Hawaii connection and POTUS...

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There are those who maintain that the collapse of the yakuza in Japan would lead to more crime against the general public: more muggings, more robberies and burgularies, and more young people forming individual street gangs. One thing is certain: the demise of the yakuza would not lead to the demise of crime or even lower levels of general crime.

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HAWAII... Huge stomping grounds for these thugs since the 50s. Lest to say, this makes the Japanese Police and Guv look pretty f*** dumb.

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Turf war.. The Yakuza must be stepping on the CIA drug smuggling operations.

The Yaks smuggling drugs into America would be like bringing sand to the beach.

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Bravo!

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This what the weak as water Japanese Government should do - After the police grow testicles and complete a thorough clean out . Oh Well.......Dreams are free!

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It's about time. Decades late, I'd say.

Why the Japanese allow gangsters to run freely while seeing every foreigner as a potential terrorist is beyond me.

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I don't think this should be allowed-Using U.S. tax-payer $$ for this B.S. is nonsense,in my book you take care of Your Own Problems FIRST!as for Mr. Obama,He's a Failure on the homefront!

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Japan wont do it because it wud hurt ALL the politicians bigtime, thats why is doesnt happen & organized crime is allowed to operate freely

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Again doing what Japan has failed to do.

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Turf war.. The Yakuza must be stepping on the CIA drug smuggling operations.

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The Japanese Mob should have bribed some Republicans just as the Mafia does.

The bad joke aside, why did the US wait until now? If it had known that it had assets and deals in the country, it could have been sanctioned long, long time ago!

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It'd be nice if Japan did this as well.

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Yakuza with US assets? and transactions with American entities? It begs the question why a criminal organization has such dealings with the US in the first place.

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Unless you exist in a 100% cash world, you CANNOT hide from the Government these days. They have computer programs that seek out cash flow anomalies and red flag anyone or any company that seem to be suspicious. This makes, for example, using a business as a front for laundering money pretty much impossible.

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I am sure that they have plenty of assets in the U.S., the question is will the authorities find them as the yaks are at least smart enough to use front companies and cut outs to launder their funds.

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Do the the Japanese yakuza have any assests in the USA??? Hahaha! Ask that to the owners of my favorite sushi bar back in California that refused to pay $$$ to the Japanese yakuza and they BURNED down their sushi restaurant!! So just a wild hunch, but I have a feeling that the Japanese yakuza have lots and lots of A$$et$ in the U$A!!

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