Yakuza, the famous organized crime group in Japan has published a magazine dedicated to its members, in order to strengthen the ties inside the group. The eight-page magazine includes a poetry page and senior gangsters’ fishing diaries.
The publication has been spread among the Yamaguchi-gumi, a syndicate that has around 27,000 members. The front page of the magazine displays the teachings of the group’s don, Kenichi Shinoda, to the younger members regarding the values and disciplines of the group.
Yakuza mafia group is facing difficult times as it does not generate profitability anymore and its “brand” is fading, according to the international press.
The magazine, which is not being made publicly available, has an entertainment section detailing fishing trips by top officials, along with satirical haiku – a traditional Japanese form of poetry – and pieces on the board games Go and Shogi.
“They may feel that it has become harder to carry on with their activities under anti-mafia ordinances that bar them from opening new bank accounts and signing real estate contracts,” a police source said.
The number of yakuza has declined in recent years, standing at 63,200 in late 2012, down 7,100 on year, according to the National Police Agency.
Yakuza mafia gained recognition due to its illegal activities including gambling, drugs, prostitution, loan sharking, protection rackets, white-collar crime and business conducted through front companies.