Black Dragon Society

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Black Dragon Calling (269),
Burakuryu (agents; 227)

In the 1990s after the Yakuza War of the Four Families, Ichiban stepped in and consolidated most of the remaining gangs. Still, there were some that wished to avoid being part of the black market entertainment conglomerate. Mostly, they went into hiding. Many took up regular work and adjusted to lives as members of normal Japanese society. A few tried to continue to conduct racketeering on their own or set up their own organizations. Some went into hiding into the buraku and lived among the burakumin.

It was these latter that persevered unnoticed by the Brotherhood of the Finger and Ichiban. Many were members of the Black Dragon Society with roots stretching back several decades. They developed a new strategy of clandestine activity on the knife edge border between legitimate business and illegal activities.

Over the years, they gained strength, co-opting into the new Black Dragon Society, gangs that were not part of Ichiban. They recruited bright young men and women who had just missed the cut to get into universities. They trained their members in schools on topics such as marketing, insurance, finance, and law as well as in blackmail, bribery, and racketeering.

With the rise of national internal insecurity due to the activities of Mister Chaos and Ichiban, the Black Dragon Society sees an opportunity to expand and improve its profits.
Area of Operations
The Black Dragon Society has operations throughout Japan. While the Brotherhood of the Finger has a firm control of racketeering in the Kanto, Chubu, and Kansai regions, The Black Dragon Society has been able to rival the Brotherhood of the Finger in the outlying Chugoku and Tohoku regions. However, through its strategy of infiltration into high finance and business, the Society has operations in areas such as the Greater Tokyo Area and the Greater Osaka Area because these activities do not come into direct conflict with Brotherhood operations.
The primary goal of the Black Dragon Society is long term profits. The Kaicho and Saiko-kanbu-kai direct the overall strategy of the Society which includes determination of which markets to move into or away from, operations to compete with rivals, and internal organization. The majority of activities are carried out on the level of local gangs led by Wakashu.

There are two major activities carried out by the Society. The first is run-of-the-mill racketeering consisting of small-time protection rackets, gambling parlours, pornography and prostitution, and drug trafficking. For much of the history of Yakuza, this has been the main source of income. But, the heads of the Society see this as having lower returns for higher risk, especially with the domination of the Brotherhood of the Finger. The second activity is growing substantially: white collar crime including protection rackets disguised as insurance schemes and blackmail.

Finally, the Society wishes to create the collapse of Ichiban and the Brotherhood of the Finger. The motive for this desire is one of revenge rather than profits.

Most of the public views the Black Dragon Society as a nationalistic Yakuza family that was abolished during the Yakuza Wars of the 1990s. Law Enforcement officials and Ichiban have had sufficient hints to believe that the Black Dragon Society is still in existence although they do not understand the new nature of the organization.
Major Adversaries: Ichiban, Law Enforcement