Lords of the Mafia

Season 1 Episode 4

Japanese Yakuza

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Oct 29, 1999 on PBS
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Examines the influence of over 700 Japanese Yakuza gangs, and the soldiers known as 'boryokudan' (violent ones) who are a part of them. The primary focus is on Yoshinori Watanabe, who is the “boss of bosses” of the Yamaguchi-gumi. These organised crime syndicates in Japan are a major menace all over the Pacific rim, and this episode details their extreme ruthlessness and strict codes of violence.moreless

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