Markets in everything, Japan edition

Mobs are legal entities here. Their fan magazines and comic books are sold in convenience stores, and bosses socialize with prime ministers and politicians.

Here is the full story, which focuses on the continuing powerful role of the mob in Japan.  Get this:

The most powerful faction, the Yamaguchi-gumi, is known as "the Wal-Mart of the yakuza" [TC: do they promise "Always Lower Prices"?]  and reportedly has close to 40,000 members.


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