The Samurai Meets The Godfather

The ties that bind Japan's yakuza to banks and real estate companies are scarcely a surprise to Japanese in the Kansai region, an area encompassing Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto. The headquarters of Japan's biggest gang, the Yamaguchi-gumi, is located in a posh residential neighborhood in Kobe and has become something of a landmark. The gang even won kudos for pitching in with food and supplies after last year's earthquake in Kobe, which killed more than 6,000 people.

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