I'm not entirely objective on the issue of the yakuza [mafia] in my adopted homeland. Three years ago, Goto got word that I was reporting an article about his liver transplant. A few days later, his underlings obliquely threatened me. Then came a formal meeting. The offer was straightforward. "Erase the story or be erased," one of them said. "Your family too."Japan still allows possession of child pornography, which is the mafia's bread and butter, and refuses to share information with U.S. law enforcement. This story is begging for a movie to be made - and to be used to embarrass Japanese officials into action.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Jake Edelstein has a tremendous preview of his forthcoming book Tokyo Vice, on the Japanese mob. He and his family have death threats out from the Goto crime family: