skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 136549 Find in a Library
Title: Views of Gangsters on Gang Eradication Activities
Journal: Reports of the National Research Institute of Police Science  Volume:32  Issue:2  Dated:(December 1991)  Pages:73-90
Author(s): K Hoshino; A Uchiyama; C Shishido
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 18
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan
Annotation: This study examines how the members of organized criminal gangs in Japan regard "gang eradication activities" promoted by citizens in many communities; effective methods for countering gangs are also discussed.
Abstract: The primary sources of income for organized criminal gangs are gambling, bookmaking, drug trafficking, loan sharking, commissions illegally taken through interventions in civil affairs, and the levying of tributes on businesses. A sample of 347 gangsters randomly selected from among those arrested by the police from January to February 1991 participated in structured interviews regarding their perceptions of which citizen activities were most effective in obstructing a gang's criminal activities. Some of the most effective preventive activities mentioned by gang members were the draining of gang revenue sources, the obstruction of gang interventions in civil affairs, refusals by businesses to conduct transactions with gangs, and citizen activities that reduce the demand for illicit goods and services supplied by gangs. Citizen activities that remove gang offices or check the new construction or reconstruction of gang offices in a community are also effective in the obstruction of gang activities. If a gang office is removed and gangsters are forced to move out of a community, the gang loses authority in the underworld and decreases in power. Measures that prevent juveniles from joining gangs also promise to undermine the strength of gangs over time. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Organized crime
Index Term(s): Foreign crime prevention; Gangs
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.