Due to a lacking topical alternative, I hereby decide to definitely announce the upcoming post. It will be a text on the perception of yakuza in contemporary Japan. The reason for the definite announcement is that I was planning to publish this article quite some time ago, but since always felt that I needed to post something of a different kind before this one. Well.
I started to prepare this article – which is based upon a seminar paper I finished in February of last year – in September for this blog; and I was finished by December with it. At this time, the desire to publish the article grew stronger because apart from the fact that the more I read the text, the more insight-less I found it to be (OK, now I got used to that), there were circumstances that made the yakuza overly present in media again. These were the following.
In the end of August 2015, the 山口組 Yamaguchi-gumi, the biggest yakuza syndicate in Japan, expelled 13 of its member clans  and thus created some furor amongst rivaling gangs. Although the split hasn’t escalated yet, it cannot be said that it went down completely harmonically, either. 
Thus, the upcoming post might be a little outdated – because it doesn’t include any sources on the split – but I hope that it contains some interesting information for some of you.