What do Obama and the Japanese Mafia Have in Common? Not Much.

Obama? A ganster? Fuggetaboutit!

Americans love a good crime drama. Whether from books, movies, or the news, we always find ourselves enthralled with the details, on the edge of our seats. I’m guilty of this, too, I admit. We like this genre so much that it’s even begun to colour our presidential election coverage.

The Japanese mafia, commonly referred to as the Yakuza, is a popular feature in our movies, recognizable for their gun-toting bravado, body covering tattoos, and severed fingers.… [Read more]