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.

May 23
A limited express train in Saga Prefecture, southwestern Japan was forced to make an emergency stop and narrowly escaped a head-on collision. No passengers were injured. (NHK)
May 23
A rare rainbow-like phenomenon among thin clouds in the sky was seen over part of Japan. (NHK)
May 23
Fugu pufferfish that make beautiful "crop circles" on the seabed off Amami-Oshima island in Kagoshima Prefecture have been chosen as one of the top 10 new species for 2015 by an international research institute, according to the National Museum of Nature and Science. (The Japan News)
May 22
A pair of premium melons from Hokkaido, northern Japan, has fetched a price of 1.5 million yen, or about 12,500 dollars, in this year's first auction for the fruit. (NHK)
May 22
Jetstar Asia Airways apologized Thursday for refusing to allow a 38-year-old man with cerebral palsy to board a flight from Bangkok to Japan last year. ()
May 22
In a crackdown on overcharging of customers, Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday announced the bust of two hostess clubs in Shinjuku Ward for overcharging customers, reports the TBS News (May 22). (Tokyo Reporter)
May 22
Police said Thursday they have arrested an unemployed 43-year-old man on suspicion of posting an online threat against Princess Kako. (Japan Today)
May 22
Public prosecutors indicted three male teenagers Thursday over the high-profile murder of a 13-year-old boy in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo. (Jiji Press)
May 21
A 15-year-old boy known to police for flying drones in crowded places was arrested Thursday on suspicion of planning to fly one of the devices at a Tokyo festival. (Japan Times)
May 21
Police in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward have arrested the 82-year-old owner of six dogs after they got loose on April 12 and bit two pedestrians, inflicting minor injuries. (Japan Today)
May 21
Pedestrian crosswalk laws are all over the place no matter where you go. What's considered jaywalking varies by country, and in the U.S. each state has its own laws for exactly how far the pedestrian needs to have crossed on the crosswalk before you have to stop. (rocketnews24.com)
May 21
Some 350 Tokyoites clad in yellow raincoats set a world record Thursday for the largest human image of PAC-MAN, in honor of the video game character's 35th birthday. (NHK)
May 21
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the arrest of an organized crime member for threatening the head of a taxi firm in Nerima Ward, reports TV Asahi (May 21). (Tokyo Reporter)
May 21
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of multiple organized crime and motorcycle gang members for participation in a brawl that erupted last year in Kita Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (May 20). (Tokyo Reporter)
May 21
A Japanese man who says he was deceived into carrying someone else's bag on a flight into Indonesia was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for smuggling methamphetamine into the country with harsh drug laws. (Japan Today)