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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Japan News This Week 31 January 2016

今週の日本

Japan News.
Japanese End Drought in Sumo Wrestling, Their National Sport
New York Times

Ford pulls out of Japan and Indonesia
BBC

Japan begins work on 'world's largest' floating solar farm
Guardian

In Philippines visit, Emperor asks youth to keep memories of World War II alive
Japan Times

Muddy River
Japan Focus

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Statistics

Japan's most notorious yakuza organized group is in deep decline. Membership has fallen below 10,000 in the Yamaguchi-gumi, the Kobe-based and nation's largest mafia group. In the early 1960s, membership topped 50,000.

An internal split in the Yamaguchi group last summer - a breakaway group in Nagoya took members from the main organization in Kobe - resulted in the drastic decrease.

What this portends for pubic safety remains to be seen.

Source: Asahi Shinbun

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