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An insider's view of Japan's underworld of organized crime.
Robert Whiting (1942- ) is an author and journalist who has written several successful books on contemporary Japanese culture. Whiting was born in New Jersey, grew up in California and graduated from Sophia University in Tokyo. He has lived in Japan 32 of the last 48 years and currently resides in Tokyo with his family.
Reads like a James Bond thriller yet manages intelligently to illuminate the seamy side of Japan's postwar economic boom * Publisher's Weekly * A fun book about a wretched character. * New York Times Book Review * An eye-opening exploration of the complex world of Japanese organised crime. * Seattle Times * A fascinating look at some fascinating people who show how democracy advances hand in hand with crime in Japan. -- Mario Puzo This is an excellent book... An irreverent, subversive and entertaining yarn that enlightens readers about important aspects of Japanese history and the shadowy world of power. * The Japan Times * Whiting provides fascinating snapshots of a Tokyo outsiders seldom see, a world the Japanese would prefer to keep behind the screen. * Time Magazine *