While the world is still sorting out how to aid the Japanese in their plight, the mob has already started delivering.
Thus far, Tony "Noodles" Nakamura and his cohorts have delivered more aid than the US Navy.
In many cultures, in many places, there is a belief that times of crisis reveal the true value of a person.
In Japan, applying that axiom proves difficult, especially in light of a recent Daily Beast report that Japan's infamous mafia, the Yakuza, are providing tons of vital goods to the earthquake and tsunami relief effort.
The three largest Yakuza groups (kind of like the crime families of the American Italian mafia), have sent dozens of trucks with a few hundred tons of goods to the devastated regions thus far, reports Japan crime expert Jake Adelstein. They've sent everything from diapers to batteries to instant ramen.
While this support may seem antithetical to a criminal ethos, one member 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."
In 1995, Adelstein reports that the Yakuza also provided tons of goods and services following the Kobe earthquake.