Life's Tough For Mom-and-Pop Yakuza?

Quote of the day:

At one point in life, I thought of all yakuza as being the scum of the
earth. As time has gone by, I’ve come to reluctantly admit, that some
of them are not bad people. And perhaps, at one time in the past, they
performed a useful function. What is kind of sad is seeing the local
mom-and-pop type of yakuza shops closed down, shut down, or forced out
of business by the Wal-Mart of Japan, the Yamaguchi-gumi.
Read the full story, about Yakuza suffering from the recent economic slump, at The Japan Subculture Research Center.