Suddenly, The Japanese Mob Is Out Of The Shadows

Japan's gangsters are easy to spot: They're missing fingertips from ritual act-of-contrition amputations. Sometimes their neck-to-knee tattoos of intricate dragons and cherry blossoms can be glimpsed as well. On street corners in neon-lit districts of Tokyo, the yakuza can be identified by their short, stiff, permed hairstyles, semidark sunglasses, dark polyester suits, white shoes, and light ties. Their cars also are distinct. Tokyo bosses have switched to cream-colored Mercedes Benz models, while groups in Osaka still drive even more obvious Lincolns and Imperials.

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