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Tokuryu, Gen Z Criminal Network Shifting Yakuza Domination

The Yakuza are now aging and limping. Tokuryu's youthful, loose-knit nature appeals to Japan's Gen Z thugs.

This article has been translated using AI. See Original .

By
IRENE SARWINDANINGRUM
· 5 minutes read
Japanese students under a goldfish-shaped kite or <i>koinobori</i>, installed on the Tokyo Skytree tower in Tokyo, April 30, 2024. Japan's Gen Z are targets of recruitment for a new crime network, Tokuryu.
AP PHOTO/HIRO KOMAE

Japanese students under a goldfish-shaped kite or koinobori, installed on the Tokyo Skytree tower in Tokyo, April 30, 2024. Japan's Gen Z are targets of recruitment for a new crime network, Tokuryu.

As the yakuza weakened, a new crime network, tokuryu, emerged in a href="https://www.kompas.id/label/gen-z?open_from=automate_body_url">Japan. This network, which is dominated by Gen Z actors, uses social media to connect with each other. They are young, dangerous, technologically advanced, and difficult to track.

Tokuryu means liquid and without identity, aka anonymous. The name of this network describes its character which is not tied to one organization like the yakuza which has a clear leadership hierarchy. The perpetrators of crimes in the tokuryu network are not directly related to each other. They are controlled through job orders on social media.

Editor:
FRANSISCA ROMANA
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