Print Is Not Dead! Yakuza Launches Magazine

Yakuza Fashion – Via Anton Kusters/

I really want to find a copy of this! The Yamaguchi-gumi (a Japanese crime group) launched an official newspaper, the Yamaguchi-gumi Shinpo.  The 8-page publication is aimed at communicating messages from the top echelon to the gang’s almost 30,000 members.

Expect to see the competitors debut their own magazines: Mafia Journal, Triad Weekly, Bratva Report and Educated Mob News.

The Yamaguchi-gumi are the largest of Japan’s yakuza families and are famous for Yubitsume, or the cutting off of one’s finger, as a form of penance or apology. So these guys are not afraid of paper cuts!

A member of the Yamaguchi-gumi – Via Tumblr

This is not Yamaguchi’s first publication. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, they also had another paper called the Yamaguchi-gumi Jiho. The new Yamaguchi-gumi Shinpo‘s first edition included an editorial penned by Kenichi Shinoda, the big Kahuna of the organization, as well as a travel story about a fishing trip by some of the senior members of the organization. Future editions will also include comic haikus, a review of the board game Go, and various other entertainment items.

Until someone sends me a pdf of the magazine, check out this amazing gallery of Yakuza tattoos:


Tokyo Reporter , World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers ,


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