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The Japanese Mafia: Yakuza, Law, and the State

Peter B. E. Hill


This book has three main objectives. Firstly, it examines Japan's organized crime syndicates (most commonly known as yakuza or bɵryokudan) with reference to the best available theoretical analyses of the Sicilian mafia and other manifestations of organized crime. Like the Sicilian mafia, the core competence of the yakuza is providing protection and, because of this, it can be considered a mafia. Secondly, it provides a comprehensive overview of the historical development, structure, and business activities of the contemporary yakuza. Thirdly, it investigates the relationship between the yakuza ... More

Keywords: bɵryokudan, comparative law, Japan, law, mafia, organized crime (organized crime), protection, Yakuza

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199257522
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004 DOI:10.1093/0199257523.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter B. E. Hill, author
University of Oxford