Home » Business, Movies/TV

Japanese ‘Yakuza’ Crackdown in the Entertainment Industry

Japanese ‘Yakuza’ Crackdown in the Entertainment Industry

Submitted By: 26 September 2011 No Comment

hirofumi-hashimoto

hirofumi-hashimoto

This week the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s (TMPD) organized crime control division set up a special task force of 50 police officers to obliterate the yakuza from the entertainment industry. They’ll have their work cut out for them.

The crackdown began in August when Japan’s most ubiquitous television host and comedian, Shinsuke Shimada, “the Jay Leno of Japan,” was fired by his talent agency, Yoshimoto Kogyo. Undeniable evidence of the star’s personal and business dealings with the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan’s largest crime group, had come to light. Shimada was so popular in Japan that he hosted six different television programs before his fall from grace. On Aug. 31, the TMPD began questioning Shimada’s former employers about his ties to the yakuza and the company’s own corporate compliance with anti-organized crime national laws and its readiness for the new Tokyo organized crime exclusionary ordinances which go into effect in October. 

But Shimada is only one of many celebrities with yakuza ties. In the last few weeks, extensive evidence has emerged that Japanese show business is saturated with the yakuza’s influence. Police records and sources, along with testimony from current and former yakuza members, have revealed that many powerful Japanese talent agencies and production companies are not simply fronts for the yakuza—they are the yakuza.

Read the rest of the story: Japanese ‘Yakuza’ Get Expelled From Entertainment Industry.

Tags: , , ,
More in Organized Crime, Yakuza, Yakuza Entertainment Industry
obama
U.S. Imposes Sanctions on 4 International Criminal Groups Including Japan’s Yakuza

The Obama administration announced harsh new sanctions against four far-flung criminal organizations on Monday, part of what it said was...

Close