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Sunday, April 09, 2017

Japan News This Week 9 April 2017

今週の日本

Japan News.
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BBC

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Guardian

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Japan Times

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Statistics

Japanese mobsters, or yakuza, are getting a bit long in the tooth.

According to police statistics, in 2015 more than 40% of known gangsters were 50 years of age or older.

Of the 20,100 persons who are known to be a part of a criminal organization in Japan, those in their 50s totaled 20%, those in their 60s 15.1%, and those 70 or older 6%.

One middle-aged mobster lamented the current situation, "I'm sick. If there were someone to take over for me, I'd retire in a second and take it easy - that's the god-honest truth."

Source: Asahi Shinbun

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