The Last Yakuza

The Last Yakuza: A Life in the Japanese Underworld

Hardback Published on: 01/02/2024
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Synopsis

Makoto Saigo is half-American and half-Japanese in small-town Japan with a set of talents limited to playing guitar and picking fights. With rock stardom off the table, he turns toward the only place where you can start from the bottom and move up through sheer merit, loyalty, and brute force - the yakuza. Saigo, nicknamed "Tsunami", quickly realizes that even within the organization, opinions are as varied as they come, and a clash of philosophies can quickly become deadly. One screw-up can cost you your life, or at least a finger. The internal politics of the yakuza are dizzyingly complex, and between the ever-shifting web of alliances and the encroaching hand of the law that pushes them further and further underground, Saigo finds himself in the middle of a defining decades-long battle that will determine the future of the yakuza. Written with the insight of an expert on Japanese organized crime and the compassion of a longtime friend, investigative journalist Jake Adelstein presents a sprawling biography of a yakuza, through post-war desperation, to bubble-era optimism, to the present. Including a cast of memorable yakuza bosses - Coach, The Buddha, and more - this is a story about the rise and fall of a man, a country, and a dishonest but sometimes honorable way of life on the brink of being lost.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9781472158314
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Weight: 680g
  • Dimensions: 238 x 160 x 40 mm

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The Last Yakuza
Too much additional information slowed this down for me
Jake Adelstien, an investigative journalist, is looking for protection. In the course of his investigations into the yakuza crime bosses in Japan he has a... READ MORE
Nigel