Yakuza or more commonly known in the western world as the Japanese mafia a mysterious organization known for its ruthless approach to business it is widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful organized crime syndicates.
The origin of the Yakuza can be traced back as far as the 1600s making it one of the world’s oldest mafia type organizations the Yakuza still has a significant presence in Japan today even though they are regarded as semi-legitimate they are still engaging in certain treacherous activities such as human trafficking gambling and extortion.
Yakuza traced back to two less savory elements of Japanese society two groups emerged in Japan’s Mid-Edo period, which lasted from 1603 until 1868 the first was the Takea this group of people sold stolen goods.
The second was Bakuto which was a group of people with connections to the world of gambling whether as customers or proprietors, the Takea was a structured group with a hierarchy and a code of conduct on how business was done.
The Bakuto was a loosely connected group with fewer rules and structures and today’s Yakuza initiations ceremony still incorporate rituals that come from both Takea and Bakuto.