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!
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: