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Report: Japanese yakuza first with aid after earthquake and tsunami

• Terrence Aym
In the U.S. the Red Cross advertises that when disaster strikes they are there to help—in Japan it seems the criminal organization yakuza is the first on the scene with aid and comfort. That's one of the surprising facts that's emerged in the aftermath of Japan's trinity of tragedy: a 9.0 earthquake, surging tsunamis, and nuclear meltdown emergencies. Yet, perhaps the yakuza's response should not be too surprising. After the terrible Kobe earthquake struck during January 1995, the yakuza provided immediate disaster relief...

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