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Author Whiting, Robert.

Title Tokyo underworld : the fast times and hard life of an American gangster in Japan / Robert Whiting.

Published New York : Pantheon Books, [1999]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  364.1092 ZAPP/ WHIT    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description vii, 372 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 350-355) and index.
Contents 1. The First Black Market -- 2. Occupation Hangover -- 3. Success Story -- 4. Post-Olympic Underground Economy -- 5. Miss Hokkaido -- 6. Behind the Shoji -- 7. The Great Transfer of Wealth -- 8. Black Rider.
Summary In the ashes of postwar Japan lay a gold mine for certain opportunistic, expatriate Americans. Addicted to the volatile energy of Tokyo's freewheeling underworld, they formed ever-shifting but ever-profitable alliances with warring Japanese and Korean gangsters. At the center of this world was Nick Zappetti, an ex-marine from New York City who arrived in Tokyo in 1945, and whose restaurant soon became the rage throughout the city and the chief watering hole for celebrities, diplomats, sports figures, and mobsters. Tokyo Underworld chronicles the half-century rise and fall of the fortunes of Zappetti and his comrades, drawing parallels to the great shift of wealth from America to Japan in the late 1980s and the changes in Japanese society and U.S. - Japan relations that resulted. In doing so, Whiting exposes Japan's extraordinary "underground empire": a web of powerful alliances among crime bosses, corporate chairmen, leading politicians, and public figures.
Subject Zappetti, Nicola.
Gangs -- Japan -- Tokyo -- Biography.
Americans -- Japan -- Tokyo -- Biography.
Crime -- Japan -- Tokyo -- History -- 20th century.
Black market -- Japan -- Tokyo -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 0679419764