This Photographer Was Given Access To Japan’s DEADLY Yakuza Crime Family. You Won’t Believe What He Captured…

Te Japan Yakuza are some of the most deadly and feared gangsters on the planet.

In fact, the Yakuza’s are so hardcore, that if you have to apologize to a member of the family for a wrongdoing, you must cut off a portion of your finger in order to make things right.

With that said, the Yakuza also have an incredibly strict code of honor which dates back to centuries of Japanese tradition.

So when a Belgian photographer named Anton Kusters got access to the Yakuza, it was unprecedented. He managed to get some incredible pictures and even made a documentary about the gang.

YAKUZA is a personal visual account of the life inside an inaccessible subculture: a traditional Japanese crime family that controls the streets of Kabukicho, in the heart of Tokyo, Japan.
Through 10 months of negotiations with the Shinseikai, my brother Malik and I became one of the only westerners ever to be granted this kind of access to the closed world of Japanese organised crime.

I share their complex relationship to Japanese society, and show the personal struggle of being forced to live in two different worlds at the same time; worlds that often have conflicting morals and values.

It turns out not to be a simple ‘black’ versus ‘white’ relationship, but most definitely one with many shades of grey.

It turns out not to be a simple ‘black’ versus ‘white’ relationship, but most definitely one with many shades of grey.

To see more of Kusters work, click here.