The Shigeo-kai maintains that they descend from samurai in the Edo period of Japan and profess that they are a chivalrous and spiritual organization. Although the Shigeo-kai were a small group for a long time, the rise of superpowers saw many established Yakuza organization crumble under the new order while the Shigeo-Kai flourished.
The emergence of superpowers coincided with a stronger wellspring of magical energies
The Shigeo-Kai claims around fifteen thousand members across Japan, Asia and North America, most of whom are uninitiated baseline humans. Their central headquarters are located in Kyoto.
Unlike most Yakuza groups the Shigeo-Kai accepts women as equal members and are relatively gender-equal. They however have a strict policy against non-Japanese members.
The Shigeo-Kai maintains a different hierarchy from other Yakuza organization, separating the everyday members from the initiated magicians that dominate the upper echelons. To progress members must not only show devotion and talent in the organization’s criminal enterprise but also show affinity for their Shinto practices.
The head of the Shigeo-kai is the initial family who first formed the organization, a tightly knit cabals of Yokai callers lead by their spectral ancestral patriarch.
The Shigeo-Kai’s illicit activities are centered on gambling, human trafficking, protection racket, which they reguard as a feudal tax for their services. However they reject drug trade and theft, seeing them as a ‘dishonorable’ act against their self-described nature as a public organization.
The Shigeo-Kai maintains an odd, relationship with the public, doing beneficiary work such as giving to charities and helping with disaster relief.
The organization’s covert operations are typically handled through magical means by summoning appropriate spirits or through rituals.