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Yakuza, Organized Crime, and the Japanese Right Wing (2015)


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“Uyoku dantai” are Japanese nationalist right-wing groups of which there are over 1,000 in Japan with about 100,000 members in total. Well known for their black propaganda vans, they are often seen driving around staging protests with their loudspeakers outside the Chinese, Korean, and Russian embassies demanding ownership of the Senkaku and Kuril Islands to name a few. We caught up with Masaya Kudo, a Right-Wing activist and leader of his own group, “Nihon-no-Kai” as he explained his philosophies and concerns regarding the Right-Wing movement today and their ties to the Yakuza.


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