Sunday, May 30, 2010
Yakuza Branch Out to Weather Recession
I caught an interesting note in the Mainichi Shinbun recently. The article reports that Tokyo yakuza have moved into the Viagra trade in order to extend their influence in local communities. The punchline is that the Viagra is grossly overpriced, but the markup considered a form of protection money.
In my book, Tokyo Lives, The Snake and Pig Face don’t have this problem. Until Megumi’s murder unravels everything, they simply show up at neighborhood businesses monthly and, without even asking, expect an envelope full of money to be handed over. However, I would love to incorporate this new marketing channel into any sequel that comes out!
Visit the Tokyo Lives Web site for excerpts and more on the story!
Posted by Mark Hersberger at 5:24 AM