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Former yakuza members struggle to have a second chance in Japan

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Yakuza, once-powerful Japanese criminal networks, has been chipped away by aggressive law enforcement in the past few decades. Former yakuza members face social stigma and significant legal barriers, which make it extremely difficult to have a second chance in their lives.

Quote: “I wish society as a whole wouldn’t make prejudgments and [would] give these people a chance,” he said. “Otherwise, it will leave them with nowhere to go, and will make them take the wrong path.”

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