Definition of yakuza
1 : a Japanese gangster
2 : an organized crime syndicate in Japan
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FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL ME PRINT COMMENTS Director Takashi Miike reprises the breathless craziness of his 2013 cops-and-yakuza hit in a sequel with even more action, again starring the irrepressible Toma Ikuta.
In a separate case in December, two men connected to a yakuza crime syndicate, the Inagawa-kai, were arrested at an airport in Okinawa after flying in from Macau with 250 pounds of gold stashed aboard a Gulfstream private jet.
By Min Jin Lee (Grand Central Publishing) Sunja is a teenager from a poor family in pre-World War II Korea who is seduced by a Japanese yakuza and becomes pregnant.
The reason for this hardline stance against tattoos in public places is that, because in Japan, tattoos are associated with yakuza — or members the Japanese mafia.
This is because tattoos are strongly associated with organized crime here — specifically the yakuza, or Japanese mafia — and are therefore almost universally viewed with repugnance.
The firm’s leader promises to help clear his name and help his mentor win a power struggle within his Tokyo yakuza clan.
Copying Seymour’s files, which the author had gathered from archives, courts, and a confidential source’s hidden trailer, Begley glimpsed the far reaches of the speculation: bioweapons, Lebanese heroin shipments, Howard Hughes, the yakuza.
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Origin and Etymology of yakuza
Japanese, ruffian, gangster
First Known Use: 1964See Words from the same year
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