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Jake Adelstein holds up manga magazines based on the yakuza (Frank Zeller/AFP/Getty Images)

The 'Nine Fingered Economy'

by Caitlin Kenney
Dec 4, 2009

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An American journalist in Japan, Jake Adelstein, has spent a decade covering the world of organized crime. He talks about how the business of the yakuza groups has changed over time and how tighter government restrictions have pushed the Japanese mob into more "traditional" investments.

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