Don't Ask about The Pinkie! Doing Fieldwork with the Yakuza

The yakuza are one of the most visible criminal organisations in the world, yet one of the least studied. This talk will explore the difficulties (and advantages) of researching Japanese criminal syndicates, from desk-based research to interviews with elite participants, with particular attention for the role of the female researcher in doing fieldwork with organised crime. Finally a summary of the data collected in the field will be presented.