• Mar 23, 2006

Writer Peter Lyon explores the automotive likes and dislikes present in the dark underground that is the Yakuza - Japan's version of a particularly ruthless mob.

According to Lyon, Nipponese gangsters prefer to drive Mercedes-Benz S-Class limousines, especially in left-hand drive, but they will take Lexus LS' if in a pinch. The author not only observes the Yakuza's four-wheeled tendencies from afar, it actually interviewed a Yakuza boss (who shall remain nameless), he's had years to observe commuters parting like the proverbial Red Sea in order to let the mobster-mobiles continue onward.

Read more about Peter Lyons' thoughts at the link below.

[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      No, they drive nice cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      When I used to travel to Japan in the 1990's the Yakuza in Yokohama and Niigata favored black Cadillacs and MB's. So, it looks like GM is loosing market share even there.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Bullsh*t. The Yak drive medium-duty industrial trucks, outfitted with hundreds of colored lights and chromed steel bodywork extensions grafted on. Usually dump-trucks with the dump-bed fully chromed, or a garbage truck with the compactor painted like a Yak tattoo... neither of which having ever seen a spot of dirt or filth. These are tax-dodges and money-laundries, which let the bosses spend a little money on a big truck with lotsa lights instead of forking over millions to the Gov't.
      • 8 Years Ago
      does anybody have addresses on any yakuza headquarters(especially okinawa)
      • 8 Years Ago
      In Japan, Car Drives You!