AmericanCars in Japan - Yakuza Cars | Hagerty Articles


Large U.S.-made sedans have always appealed to the Yakuza (Japanese organized crime gangs). Perhaps it is their rebellious nature or merely their over-sized style, but Chevrolet, Lincoln and particularly Cadillac have for many years signaled Yakuza to the general public – mostly in black, of course. Such was their notoriety, in some jurisdictions known for a high presence of organized crime, that police instructed the public to avoid large black American sedans and for public parking lots to prohibit them from parking.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2016/05/05/american-cars-in-japan