In Japan there've been demonstrations against gangsters known as 'Yakuza' involved in drug-running and prostitution.?
SV PAN Demonstrators carrying banners and chanting as they pass the Yamaguchi-gumi Kobe headquarters
CU Sign on building
CU Demonstrators chanting
SV Two Yakuza at the H.Q. door insulting the crowd and telling them to leave
CU PAN Deputation leader reading petition PULL BACK TO SHOW the two Yakuza listening
CU PAN Petition presented to Yakuza who burns it and walks back into H.Q. PAN TO demonstrators chanting and gesticulating (2 shots)
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Background: In Japan there've been demonstrations against gangsters known as 'Yakuza' involved in drug-running and prostitution. In recent gang wars about 30 people have died including bystanders and a policeman, and public resentment against the violence has been increasing.
SYNOPSIS: At one demonstration in the city of Kobe in south-west Japan 5,000 protestors marched to the headquarters of the most notorious gang, the Yamaguchi-gumi, which rules Kobe's dockland. Outside the building they chanted, "Get out, get out!"
They had a rude recaption from the gangsters who told them to leave in no uncertain terms.
A petition read out by the leader of the demonstration was inspired by a recent change in image of the Yakuza. Until the outbreak of violence they'd had a romantic image because they stole mostly from the rich and powerful.
But increasingly they've become involved in extortion, gambling, drug-running, protection rackets and prostitution. And as the Yamaguchi-gumi demonstrated, they have little respect for the public or their petitions.
The Japanese public have complained that the gangs seem to enjoy immunity from arrest because of influential political connections. But last month police started a nationwide crackdown in which more than 3,000 Yakuza were arrested. Japan has a reputation as a law-abiding that at last the authorities may be intending to break the power of the gangs once and for all.