The Mafia: The mafia isn't one large faction, but is actually comprised of various families. Each comes complete with their own rules, ranks, and specialties. They do all come together under one figure however; the God Father. While not their leader, but he was once in charge of one of the largest families in New York City many years ago. Through his rule, the other families were to grow into successful groups of their own. Unfortunately, he recently passed away, and the once unsteady alliance between the families is all but shattered. All though the mafia has long since dwindled to a mere shadow of what it once was, their presence is important none-the-less. They're shrouded in mystery, and often maintain eyes and ears in every place they can manage to, and as a result, often utilize various informants to help keep up their constant upper hand against others. Their techniques however are far from elegant, but they always know how to make someone disappear for the right price. While they often fight against themselves, they will always band together when someone threatens their way of life.
The Yakuza: The Yakuza has always had a major presence in Japanese history for hundreds of years. While they've always been associated with crime (Including the assassination of various important persons.), they have also been known to keep peace and balance within their territories. The Yakuza is divided into several different Syndicates, each with their own Kumicho (Family boss). They're an honor bound society that often emphasizes working together to accomplish their goals. Yakuza members, like several dealers, often cover their bodies in mystic tattoos which often grant them strange powers that give them only the slightest advantange over most other humans. They follow tradition almost methodically, and to this day, can be found wielding katanas and other similar weapons. They aren't happy with the appearance of several mafia families within their territory, but this tension hasn't grown to a threatening point as of the moment.
Tattoos: The tattoos that members of the Yakuza often have enchanted often grant them strange and unusual powers. These powers aren't extremely obvious, but often help in minor ways. Examples would be an immunity to hunger, or increased luck. Please ask a moderator if you'd like approval for a tattoo ability if you're looking to join this faction.
The Enforcers: Even as Japan rests on the brink of an underground war between the Yakuza, mafia, and various creatures of the night; one thing is for certain, the hammer of justice has not stood without action against those that would bring harm to the innocent civilians of Japan. The International Quick Response Police Department (I.Q.R.P.D. or Interpol) as well as various Japanese Police districts are constantly on standby (If not already patrolling) to react to any criminal activity. While they are actively training to give themselves an advantage over whoever they may have to deal with, they are also held back by various red tape protocols. If a crime large enough to spark a national response were to occur, the Japanese Military could even become involved, which would also give the good guys the technological advantage over most factions. It is also true that there are dirty cops in their ranks, but over all, the people of Japan can sleep easy, knowing they have the fine men and women of Japan's finest watching over them.
The Informants: ddd
The Dealers: eee
The Youkai: fff
The Oni: ggg
The Onna: hhh
The Bystanders: iii