Tokyo Underworld: The fast times and hard life of an American Gangster in Japan pdf
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Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times And Hard Life Of An American Gangster In Japan

In 1945, as part of the Occupation forces sent to postwar Japan Nick Zappetti, a native of Italian East Harlem, entered a world as strange as any he had ever know, In postwar Tokyo, however, he realised there were certain opportunities.He had a failed stint as a professional wrestler, and participated in a fumbled (but famous) diamond heist. He was deported but managed to return with the assistanc...

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Publication Date: June 21, 2012
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“At times disjointed and seemingly going off in tangents this book is a excellent account of a American and in turn of foreigners experience in Japan from occupation to bubble. Filled with tales of Yakuza and corrupt business leaders it tells a story ...”

of the Mafia. Then Nick opened a pizza joint in what would be the centre of Tokyo's nightlife and became "the king of Roppongi and Mafia boss of Tokyo," and the intimate of some of Japan's most notorious underworld figures as well as many of its political and business leaders.Following Zappetti's rising and falling fortunes, and his love-hate relationship with his adopted country, Robert Whiting show us the sinister (and sometimes ridiculous) goings-on among Tokyo's traditional criminal gangs as they developed from local racketeers and gamblers into lynchpins of international finance, politics and corruption. Here is a fresh perspective on postwar Japan and how it went from being a defeated nation to an economic player, with a little help from some less than diplomatic friends.