Yakuza: Japan's Not-So-Secret Mafia

60 Minutes' Lara Logan Reports On The Yakuza, Whose Criminal Influence Is Worldwide

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How did he get around that? According to Jake Adelstein's reporting, which "60 Minutes" confirmed, Tadamasa Goto made a deal with the FBI.

He offered to become a "rat" and inform on his Yakuza brothers.

"Goto said, 'Here's the deal. I need to get in the United States to get my liver transplant or I'm gonna die. I will give you the names of all our front companies in the United States,'" Adelstein explained. "So in terms of not only criminal intelligence, but sort of covert intelligence, Goto represented a real find for the FBI."

"So the FBI made this deal?" Logan asked.

"And they gave him a special visa to come into the United States," Adelstein replied.

Getting into the U.S. was one thing, but getting a liver transplant at a leading American medical center like UCLA was something else altogether.

"What's the average waiting time for someone in California waiting for a liver transplant?" Logan asked California attorney Larry Eisenberg.

"It's probably realistically three years. And it could be much longer," he replied.

Not for Tadamasa Goto, who got a liver in just six weeks. Eisenberg finds that surprising, especially since Goto was number 80 on the waiting list.

"It should not be possible that an unsavory character from out of the country, with ties to organized crime, comes into the United States and gets a priority and obtains a transplant," Eisenberg said.

Two families, Eisenberg's clients, both lost loved ones waiting for livers at another transplant center in the same area: Salvador Ceja was number two on the waiting list; John Rader was number five.

"Do you think, for one second, that this was legitimate? That they stood in line and waited just like your husband did?" Logan asked Rader's widow Cheryl.

"Absolutely not," she replied. "No. Because nobody gets a liver that quickly."

"I think they were playing God," Yolanda Carballo, Ceja's stepdaughter, added. "Now, I think they were picking and choosing who they wanted to give a liver to."

"So, in your minds, what was this about?" Logan asked.

"Money," Rader said. "Spoke loud and clear. And they listened."

"That's what it was all about. Money," Carballo agreed.