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A career in organized crime has its perks, but in Japan, there are certain additional side benefits. For one thing, unlike most consumers and small business operators, mobsters seem to have no trouble arranging credit on favourable terms.

Some of the country’s leading bankers acknowledge that their institutions have extended loans in the past to what Japanese officials like to call “anti-social forces,” but who are better known by their popular brand name, yakuza.

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