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.

Aug 04
The Japan Coast Guard found a body on Monday inside a ferry that caught fire Friday and is still burning off Tomakomai, Hokkaido. (Jiji Press)
Aug 03
One of Japan's largest summer festivals has started in the northern city of Aomori. (NHK)
Aug 03
A key piece of debris was successfully removed Sunday from a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, clearing the way for the removal of over 500 spent fuel rods sitting inside the unit's cooling pool more than four years after the 2011 crisis. (Kyodo)
Aug 03
Japanese police say the CEO of a failed Bitcoin exchange may have misappropriated customers' money to pay the rent on a luxury condominium in Tokyo. (NHK)
Aug 01
With this year marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Imperial Household Agency made public on Saturday Emperor Showa's voice from the master recording used to announce the end of the war. (The Japan News)
Aug 04
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday arrested a 33-year-old painter for allegedly stabbing a man he suspects was engaged in an affair with his wife, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Aug. 4). (Tokyo Reporter)
Aug 04
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday arrested a 24-year-old male believed to be involved in a series incidents in which he slashed the skirts of female passengers inside train cars, reports TBS News (Aug. 3). (Tokyo Reporter)
Aug 04
A 68-year-old man who was arrested for killing his 65-year-old brother, received a two-year jail sentence, suspended for four years, on Monday. (Japan Today)
Aug 04
Two women and a man under arrest for murdering a 45-year-old woman exchanged messages and planned their attack on Line in the days leading up to the incident, police said Sunday. (Japan Today)
Aug 03
A 69-year-old woman was stabbed to death in her home in Saitama City's Kita Ward, police said Sunday. (Japan Today)
Aug 03
Police in Osaka are looking for a man who attacked a 17-year-old high school girl as she walked home. (Japan Today)
Aug 01
A fire occurred on an MOL Ferry Co. ferry about 55 kilometers off Tomakomai, Hokkaido, northern Japan, on Friday evening, leaving a crew member missing, according to the Japan Coast Guard and the operator. (Jiji Press)
Aug 01
Jimmy Page, the guitarist of the legendary British rock band Led Zeppelin, on Thursday visited Hiroshima and laid flowers for the victims of the U.S. atomic bombing of the city 70 years ago. (Japan Times)
Jul 31
The average life expectancy for Japanese women rose to a record high of 86.83 years in 2014 from 86.61 years the previous year, marking the world's longest for the third straight year, government data showed Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Jul 31
Kanagawa Prefectural Police on Thursday said suffocation was the cause of death of a woman whose corpse was discovered floating off the coast of Miura City, reports TBS News (July 30). (Tokyo Reporter)