Marked Death of the Yakuza
mhikedocumentaries -- Jun 08
No criminal group in the world is more closely identified with tattoos than the largest: Japan's Yakuza, 80,000 strong. In this episode of Marked, we go deep into Japan's underground for an exclusive look at the stunning full body-suits of ink thatmark the skin of today's yakuza.

Hidden within the layers of spectacular imagery are secret codes that reach back far into Japan's bloody samurai history: violent warriors, images of hell, prostitutes, and a range of predators from tigers to dragons. Wehear from yakuza as they share stories of their criminal pasts, the significance of their tattoos, and the pain they experienced in getting most of their bodies tattooed the old fashioned way: by getting poked over and over again with needles fastened to the ends of sticks.

Master tattoo artist and former yakuza boss Horizen guides us through the intricate process of creating a traditional Japanese tattoo, or tebori, from scratch, demystifying this ancient craft in which everything, from making the ink to sharpening the needles, is done by hand.

Sep 02
Kenjiro Sano, whose logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was scrapped Tuesday, stood by his design but said he decided to retract the logo because he felt his design did not have the support of the public and was marring the image of the Tokyo Olympics. (Japan Times)
Sep 02
An investigation into health problems triggered by the 2011 nuclear disaster here turned up a new case of thyroid cancer in a young person who lived near the stricken plant. (Asahi)
Sep 02
South Korea on Tuesday demanded that the Japanese daily Sankei Shimbun delete an online column that likens President Park Geun-hye to the Joseon dynasty's Queen Min, who was assassinated by Japanese. (Japan Times)
Sep 01
Tokyo police introduced the Segway two-wheel electric vehicle Tuesday to strengthen security at Haneda airport ahead of key international events in Japan. (Japan Times)
Sep 01
Mitsubishi Estate Co. announced on Monday it will build a 390-meter tall, 61-story skyscraper near JR Tokyo Station. (The Japan News)
Sep 02
A Japanese salmon fishing boat and its 11 crew members arrived back in Hokkaido on Tuesday morning after being released by Russian authorities. (The Japan News)
Sep 02
Four fishermen were killed and 2 others are missing after 6 fishing boats capsized in the Sea of Japan off the west coast of the country on Tuesday. (NHK)
Sep 01
Wild dolphins off the coastal town of Taiji got a temporary reprieve on Tuesday when fishermen canceled a controversial drive hunt because of bad weather. (Japan Times)
Sep 01
Aficionados of the age of the steam locomotive were out in force Aug. 30 for the final day of the outdoor Umekoji SL Museum in Kyoto's Shimogyo Ward, which closed after 43 years. (Asahi)
Aug 31
Police in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, arrested a man who held two hostages at knifepoint for five hours in a 7-Eleven convenience store on Monday morning. (Japan Today)
Aug 31
HIROSAKI, Aomori - The tower of Hirosaki Castle, a state-designated important cultural asset, is being towed dozens of meters away from its original location as part of a project to repair its stone walls. (The Japan News)
Aug 31
While chasing her dream of becoming an "idol," a junior high school girl named Moeka sounded less than confident among hopefuls vying to be chosen for the new Niigata Prefecture-based NGT48. (Asahi)
Aug 31
Ehime Prefectural Police on Friday arrested a 41-year-old male for dumping the body of his mother in Matsuyama City, reports the Sankei Shimbun. (Tokyo Reporter)
Aug 30
A rift has emerged in Japan's largest yakuza organised crime syndicate, the government said, with police warning Saturday that the split could lead to a wave of gang violence. (Japan Today)
Aug 30
A recent series of cable fires at Japan Railway facilities in Tokyo has aroused a suspicion of serial arson, due to the abnormally high frequency of such an incident. (Jiji Press)