Shinzo Abe, transnational organized crime, and Japan.
Here's an alternate take on Abe's exit. It appears Japan has some VERY familiar corruption issues.
Japan’s Longest-Serving PM, Shinzo Abe, Quits in Bid to ‘Escape’ Potential Prosecution https://www.thedailybeast.com/japans-longest-serving-pm-shinzo-abe-quits-in-bid-to-escape-potential-prosecution
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in his second time at bat lasted longer than anyone before him but he leaves office unable to stomach the job with the public unable to stomach him.https://www.thedailybeast.com/japans-longest-serving-pm-shinzo-abe-quits-in-bid-to-escape-potential-prosecution
March 31, 2020
Junichiro Koizumi suggests Japan's Abe resign following scandals https://upi.com/6995149t
January 7, 2020
2 warring yakuza groups in Japan to face stronger crackdowns https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020/01/48f4948e3af2-2-warring-yakuza-groups-to-face-stronger-crackdowns.html
Two warring yakuza groups will face stronger crackdowns after public safety commissions in six Japanese prefectures designated them Tuesday as "crime syndicates at war" in an effort to weaken them...https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020/01/48f4948e3af2-2-warring-yakuza-groups-to-face-stronger-crackdowns.html
January 4, 2020
The importance of defining organized crime in Japan https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/01/04/national/media-national/importance-defining-organized-crime-japan/
The definition of a crime is a critical part of law enforcement. After all, what constitutes a crime such as theft is fundamental to working out whether orhttps://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/01/04/national/media-national/importance-defining-organized-crime-japan/
November 30, 2019
Abe's woes deepen as questions swirl over shredded guest list for spring garden party https://str.sg/J57f
July 8, 2019
Former Wynn Resorts Security Chief Says Japanese Gangs Will Target Casinos https://www.casino.org/news/former-wynn-resorts-security-chief-says-japanese-gangs-will-target-casinos/
The former Wynn Resorts security chief says the legalization of integrated casino resorts in Japan will become targets for organized crime syndicates.https://www.casino.org/news/former-wynn-resorts-security-chief-says-japanese-gangs-will-target-casinos/
May 1, 2019
Japan Has a New Emperor and a New Era, but a Dark Future https://www.thedailybeast.com/japan-has-a-new-emperor-naruhito-and-a-new-era-but-a-dark-future-under-shinzo-abe
Japan’s new imperial era officially started on May 1 at a time when 79 percent of the Japanese people no longer believe their own government. Should we?https://www.thedailybeast.com/japan-has-a-new-emperor-naruhito-and-a-new-era-but-a-dark-future-under-shinzo-abe
October 10, 2018
"The Trump administration has advanced his ideological and financial interests, including an assist in his quest to build a casino in Japan."
Trump’s Patron-in-Chief: Casino Magnate Sheldon Adelson https://features.propublica.org/trump-inc-podcast/sheldon-adelson-casino-magnate-trump-macau-and-japan/
The political mega-donor has never been more powerful. The Trump administration has advanced his ideological and financial interests, including an assist in Adelson’s quest to build a casino in Japan.https://features.propublica.org/trump-inc-podcast/sheldon-adelson-casino-magnate-trump-macau-and-japan/
July 31, 2018
Why are casinos controversial in Japan? https://www.dw.com/en/why-are-casinos-controversial-in-japan/a-44897275
The government insists casinos as part of "integrated resorts" will create jobs and attract tourists. Opponents say they will encourage gambling addiction and strengthen underworld gangs. Julian...https://www.dw.com/en/why-are-casinos-controversial-in-japan/a-44897275
July 12, 2017
"...make most of their money through illegal gambling, prostitution, drug trafficking and cyber-hacking."
Yakuza Prepares Members to Resist Japan’s New Anti-Organized Crime Law https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/6708-yakuza-prepares-members-to-resist-japan-s-new-anti-organized-crime-law
Japan’s largest organized criminal group has published a manual for its members on how to avoid arrest under the country’s new anti-terrorism and organized crime law, The Asahi Shimbun reported...https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/6708-yakuza-prepares-members-to-resist-japan-s-new-anti-organized-crime-law
July 12, 2017
"Japan has joined an int'l convention for tackling *transnational organized crime* after putting into force a law penalizing the planning of a range of crimes."
Japan joins UN OC convention after passing controversial conspiracy law https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/07/12/national/japan-joins-u-n-organized-crime-convention-passing-controversial-conspiracy-law/
Japan has joined an international convention for tackling transnational organized crime after putting into force a law penalizing the planning of a range ohttps://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/07/12/national/japan-joins-u-n-organized-crime-convention-passing-controversial-conspiracy-law/
May 1, 2017
BBC News - Japan Yakuza: 'Split' in powerful Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi gang https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39771584
December 16, 2016
"Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to a law legalising casinos. This has aroused the interest of many gaming companies, not to mention the Yakuza, Japan's organised crime syndicate."
Casino legalisation makes the Yakuza happy http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Casino-legalisation-makes-the-Yakuza-happy-39424.html
July 10, 2016
The Religious Cult Secretly Running Japan https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-religious-cult-secretly-running-japan
February 14, 2016
The Whale That Nearly Drowned The Donald https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/02/japanese-gambler-donald-trump-213635
December 9, 2015
US clamps down on Japanese Yakuza mafia https://www.ft.com/content/57bcd6b2-9ecd-11e5-b45d-4812f209f861
July 2, 2015
This May Be the Most Dangerous — and Most Costly — Photo in Japan - VICE https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/gynegw/this-may-be-the-most-dangerous-and-most-costly-photo-in-japan
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will cost at least $5 billion, much of it in the form of lucrative construction contracts. And a single photo threatens to freeze out a powerful crime syndicate.https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/gynegw/this-may-be-the-most-dangerous-and-most-costly-photo-in-japan
February 7, 2014
The Yakuza Olympics https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-yakuza-olympics
January 25, 2014
A Japanese Mafia In Crisis Banks On Abenomics https://worldcrunch.com/culture-society/a-japanese-mafia-in-crisis-banks-on-abenomics
Yakuza, Japan's notorious crime syndicate, is trying to emerge from two decades of economic stagnation, and is betting on the much-discussed stimulus from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.https://worldcrunch.com/culture-society/a-japanese-mafia-in-crisis-banks-on-abenomics
November 24, 2013
Japan’s ‘Goldman Sachs with guns,’ still flourishing https://gn24.ae/a64d742df66c000
October 16, 2012
"Photo [from 2008] shows Abe, Mike Huckabee and a gang-affiliated broker arrested for fraud earlier this year."
Ex-PM Shinzo Abe denies ties to yakuza after photo with Yamaguchi-gumi associate published https://www.tokyoreporter.com/crime/yakuza/ex-pm-shinzo-abe-denies-ties-to-yakuza-after-photo-with-yamaguchi-gumi-associate-published/
Photo shows Abe, Mike Huckabee and a gang-affiliated broker arrested for fraud earlier this yearhttps://www.tokyoreporter.com/crime/yakuza/ex-pm-shinzo-abe-denies-ties-to-yakuza-after-photo-with-yamaguchi-gumi-associate-published/
February 24, 2012
US steps up offensive against Japan's yakuza gangs https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/feb/24/united-states-offensive-japan-yakuza
Look who's on the original target list.
July 25, 2011
"...and the *Yakuza*, a Japanese organization whose profits primarily come from methamphetamine and human trafficking."
Obama: Organized Crime Threat A National Emergency - Business Insider https://www.businessinsider.com/obama-declares-organized-crime-threat-a-national-emergency-2011-7