Yakuza

Yakuza (ヤクザ?, [jaꜜkuza]), also known as gokudō (極道?), are members of transnational organized crime syndicates originating in Japan. The Japanese police, and media by request of the police, call them bōryokudan (暴力団?, “violent groups”), while the yakuza call themselves “ninkyō dantai” (任侠団体 or 仁侠団体?, “chivalrous organizations”). The yakuza are notorious for their strict codes of conduct and organized nature.

The Yakuza made their first inroads into Seattle around the turn of the century. The growing Pacific Rim trade led to more Japanese citizens moving to Seattle. With them came the Yakuza, to protect the interests of “their people” and cater to their various illegal needs. For quite some time, the Yakuza remained confined to areas like the International District, strongly tied to the presence of Japanese corporations, but then they began expanding beyond their traditional boundaries. This was met with bloody resistance from existing syndicates like the Mafia, and mob wars engulfed both sides. (for more see Seattle 2072 Sourcebook)

The three main Yakuza organizations in Seattle are the Shotozumi-Gumi, the Kanaga-Gumi, and the Kenran-Kai.

Yakuza

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