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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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