Sanctuary is a political thriller and crime story that featured two childhood friends, Akira Hojo and Chiaki Asami, who are ruthlessly struggling to set a new paradigm of living in Japan. However the two friends took radically different paths: Akira chose the dark path and joined a Yakuza
gang, while Chiaki strived to become the youngest member of the Japanese Diet
. Being survivors of the Cambodian killing fields
, the two characters developed an unmatched aggression and survival instincts, helping them to achieve their common ultimate goal: making Japan their own sanctuary.
This manga is near the top of my list and deals with problems that come up in the underworld and in politics. Are the two paths all the different? The assassination of a mobster to the character assassination of a politician the two sides seem to have much in common.
I highly recommend this manga if you haven't read it already. It takes a good look into Japanese crime and politics and how sometimes they intertwine.