Public lecture video by Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS). This lecture was held on September 9, 2016. Speaker was Koji Hijikata, Director & Reporter at Tokai Television Broadcasting. Moderator/Interpreter was Sachiko Horiguchi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Temple University Japan Campus.
How do yakuza live their lives, and what are in their minds? In an attempt to answer these questions, a Tokai TV crew entered the office of an Osaka-based designated organized crime syndicate, Nidaime Higashi-gumi Nidaime Seiyukai, and followed them for 100 days. The Seiyukai chairman had served over 20 years in prison for his alleged involvement in a 1985 murder case. This case is claimed to have served as the impetus for the enactment of the 1992 Organized Crime Countermeasures Law, a legal change that fundamentally reconfigured the relation between the yakuza and the police, and has brought profound changes to the structure of organized crime in Japan. Since the implementation of these organized crime exclusionary laws, yakuza membership has seen a serious decline in number, down to under 60,000, with 30,000 members leaving in the last three years.