TOKYO: Japan’s biggest organised crime syndicate has launched its own website, complete with a corporate song and a strong anti-drugs message
The website is launched as the yakuza looks to turn around its outdated image and falling membership.
The clunky-sounding “Banish Drugs and Purify the Nation League” website is an offering from the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan’s largest yakuza grouping.
The website is not the Yamaguchi-gumi’s first foray into media — the crime syndicate last year began publishing a magazine for its members that includes a poetry page, senior gangsters’ fishing diaries and a message from the boss.
Like the Italian mob or Chinese triads, yakuza syndicates are involved in activities ranging from prostitution to extortion and white-collar crime.
But unlike their underworld counterparts elsewhere, the yakuza are not illegal and each of the designated groups, like the Yamaguchi-gumi, have their own headquarters, with senior members dishing out business cards.
The website, which comes complete with a “contact us” button, can be found at: