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September 07, 2009

You now need to pass an exam to become a gangster


The police have found that members of the Yamaguchi-gumi, the largest yakuza group in Japan, are now being required to take an exam to show understanding of the Anti-Organized Crime Law. This seems to be because higher-ranking gang members can now be sued for the actions of their subordinates.

The Mainichi Shimbun reported: 'Police first discovered the test during an investigation of a member of the affiliate (in Shiga Prefecture). A 12-question exam paper, complete with model answers, was among the items confiscated. Questions included "What kind of activities are banned?" with "dumping industrial waste; bootlegging fuel; theft of construction vehicles and other expensive items; phone fraud scams" etc. listed as the correct answers.

According to Wikipedia: 'The Yamaguchi-gumi are among the world's wealthiest gangsters, bringing in billions of dollars a year from extortion, gambling, the sex industry, guns, drugs, and real estate and construction kickback schemes. They are also involved in stock market manipulation and Internet pornography.'

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