The vast majority of yakuza are from ethnics groups outside the Japanese mainstream.
According to a 2006 speech by Mitsuhiro Suganuma, a former officer of the Public Security Intelligence Agency, around 60 percent of yakuza members come from burakumin, the descendants of a feudal outcast class and approximately 30 percent of them are Japanese-born Koreans, and only 10 percent are from non-burakumin Japanese and Chinese ethnic groups. Source
A Japanese gang member who evaded police for 14 years has been captured by authorities in Thailand after images of his distinctive body tattoos went viral.
Shigeharu Shirai was arrested to the north of Bangkok where he had been in hiding to evade murder charges in Japan in connection with the death of a rival gang member.
The 74-year-old was arrested after photos of him playing checkers at an outdoor table were posted to Facebook last year by a Thai man who was impressed by his tattoos.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Thailand crime immigration
Thailand (TH) is estimated to have a population of 68.1 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.4% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 1.4 million.