Stylised Japanese Gangster (Yakusa) (1) - Framed Picture - 12" x 16"
Yakuza, also known as gokudo, are members of transnational organized crime syndicates originating in Japan.
The Japanese police, and media by request of the police, call them boryokudan (violent groups), while the yakuza call themselves "ninky? dantai" (chivalrous organizations).
The yakuza are notorious for their strict codes of conduct and their organized fiefdom-nature. They have a large presence in the Japanese media and operate internationally with an estimated 102,000 members.