Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

'placing yakuza in a heroic light would make police look foolish'

It is not that the yakuza are not PR savvy, as is evidenced by their careful control and limited appearances in six fan magazines (three monthly, three weekly) that write of their exploits; it is that right now they care more about getting the job done than getting credit for it. As one members said, “There are no yakuza or katagi (ordinary citizens) or gaijin (foreigners) in Japan right now. We are all Japanese. We all need to help each other.”

Japanese Yakuza Aid Earthquake Relief Efforts - The Daily Beast.