When people think of Japan, they typically think ancient architecture, monster movies, diverse and delicious foods, anime and rich history. Rarely do people consider the implications generated by organized crime in a Japanese setting.
Despite this, organized crime is alive and well in Japan and it has been for centuries - with a boast worthy membership of over 100,000 people.
There are dozens of organized crime groups operating in the country. Classified by security forces as the 'Bōryokudan' these so-called violent groups live by strict codes of ethics, engage in a mixture of legitimate and illegitimate business, and consider themselves to be familial clans dedicated to concepts of chivalry, honour and courage.