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Handling the yakuza's pervasive presence in Japanese business

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The authorities have long tolerated the yakuza as a necessary evil, and it is not a crime to belong to an organised crime group in Japan.

FOREIGN businessmen intending to set up shop in Japan can be sure of a formal welcome from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is eager to attract more foreign investment to the country. A welcome mat will also be laid out by such bodies as the Japanese External Trade Organization (Jetro).

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