Japanese mafia launch recruitment website

The yakuza, Japan’s version of the mafia, has launched a new website to combat dwindling membership.

The Yamaguchi-gumi, the largest yakuza group, has launched the ‘Banish Drugs and Purify the Nation League’ site which includes footage of members making their New Year pilgrimage to a shrine, accompanied by a traditional folk style song, promoting masculinity.

With membership falling to its lowest level the website promotes some of the work done by members such as helping with the clean-up effort in the wake of the 2011 tsunami and the 1996 Kobe earthquake.

The yakuza refer to themselves as ‘ninky┼Ź dantai’ or chivalrous organisations and it is this image they are promoting on9 the website with a strong anti-drugs message and an apparent concern for social welfare.

Experts claim poor public image coupled with Japan’s economy have made membership less appealing to potential members.

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