Peter A Goldsbury wrote:
"However, I was struck by the reaction of my Japanese colleague to this first visit. My colleague was a specialist in Japanese religion, knew very little about aikido and cared even less for the martial arts. He was singularly unimpressed and compared the Hombu to a yakuza (gangster) organization. His reaction showed something of the general ambivalence towardsJapanese martial arts in Japan."
I got a similar reaction many years ago from one Matsui Yayori, a well-regarded journalist at the Asahi Shinbun. She dismissed all BUDO as "so many rightists, fascism."