Well, this was a change of pace. After journeying across Africa, I hopped on a flight from Uganda to go across the globe all the way to Japan. The Japanese government had just opened the borders to foreigners, and I, being the cunning Gaijin that I am, knew that it was time to go and fulfill my dream of becoming a Yakuza.

First stop? The Nishinari slum in Osaka. Known as Japan’s last remaining slum, it has an infamous reputation across Japan as being it’s most chaotic, sketchy, crime-filled neighborhood. There were multiple Yakuza offices, or headquarters, based in the area. But were all these stereotypes based on the past? I was willing to go and investigate.

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