Conflict & Justice

Japanese gangsters go good samaritan

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This is the emblem of Yamaguchi-gumi, the biggest yakuza family in Japan. (Illustration: Alexander Krivács Schrøder)

Japanese gangsters known as "yakuza" have been taking on an unfamiliar role - a humanitarian one. They have been handing out blankets, water, toiletries and food to disaster victims. Anchor Marco Werman talks to Tokyo-based author and journalist Jake Adelstein to find out more. 

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