JAPAN: The Mob Muscles In

One afternoon last December, three men armed with steel bars burst into the Osaka city room of the Yomiuri Shimbun, one of Japan's largest newspapers. "Howling like mad dogs," as one eyewitness recalled later, the thugs knocked over desks, broke windows and beat up several reporters. By the time police arrived, the city room was a shambles, and eleven editorial staffers lay injured. Next day, Yomiuri reported that the daylight raid on its offices had been staged by organized gangsters in retaliation against the newspaper's describing them in a story as "a...

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