For decades, the Yakuza have ruled Japan’s underworld.
The group is involved in an array of criminal enterprises – from loan sharking and prostitution to extortion and human trafficking. James Stern, Yakuza expert and retired FBI agent, went undercover in Hawaii resulting in the first-ever arrest, indictment and conviction of a Japanese crime boss in U.S. law enforcement history.
In this program, Stern will shed light on:
The Yakuza’s origins
Its unique traditions and rituals
How law enforcement has reduced the syndicate’s influence.
James Stern served more than 25 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a special agent, supervisory special agent, FBI Hong Kong attaché and FBI Headquarters chief of Asian and African Organized Crime Programs. He held various positions with increased responsibilities at FBI offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, Honolulu and Hong Kong. As the senior FBI attaché assigned to the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, he was responsible for all FBI liaison, operational and administrative matters in Hong Kong, China, Macau, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. As an FBI senior manager, Stern supervised many Asian organized crime investigations, including the first ever arrest, indictment and conviction of a Japanese organized crime boss in U.S. law enforcement history.