mercredi 30 mars 2011

Japan: The humanitarian impulse of the Yakuza

 
This fascinating Japanese spirit!

The Japanese never cease to amaze the World. Faced with the biggest natural disaster, residents of the rising sun demonstrate a spirit of sacrifice of a rare solidarity and exceptional courage.
Even among the Yakuza! In the imagination of the rest of the world, the Yakuza that Westerners liken to the Sicilian Mafia and fascinate both disgusted.
With their huge tattoos that often cover the entire body and violent initiation ceremonies by cutting the ear, they are simply afraid.

But who are these monsters with a big heart?


         Information from their blog: http://yakusa-yakusas.blogspot.com/ is how the Yakuza are possible:
 "The word Yakuza, also known as the Gokudo means the member of an organized crime group known Japan, exclusively male, or by extension any rogue Japanese. The yakuza are represented by four major unions present throughout the archipelago, and also have ramifications in the Pacific region and even in Germany and the United States. In Japanese legal terminology, yakuza organizations are referred Bōryokuda, literally "violent group."  Yakuza consider this term as an insult, because it applies to any violent criminal. "
But, unlike the Sicilian Mafia, which they share methods to swindle, or to murder (and the law of silence), they are primarily Japanese and are capable of compassion and even generosity.
Their revenues come primarily from extortion, protection services, financial fraud, and illegal stock transactions, of Paris, blackmail, prostitution and loan sharking.
In Japan, even if police monitors them, they act in broad daylight: they have offices, business cards, and fanzines. The three main clans organizations claiming to be chivalrous, the Ninkyo-employed. The Ninkyo (do), say the specialists in the history of the yakuza is a philosophy which foregrounds the humanity, justice and responsibility and where it is forbidden to watch someone suffer without doing anything.
Expected of those who follow "the way" to sacrifice to help the weak and disadvantaged people. It is different in practice.
After being viciously attacked and scarred on the face and neck by five members of the Yamaguchi-gumi because of the negative image he gave them in his films, filmmaker Juzo Itami, author of the film "No Mimbo onna "said:
         "The yakuza are merely exploiting the weak and disadvantaged, and they flee before anyone has the strength to resist them and refuse their extortion"

"Under my jacket beat a weary heart but hey, who would not hurt anyone"

 After capturing "Two Gun" Crowley, the chief of police, Mulroney said: "This man is one of the most dangerous criminals I have known.  He killed for nothing. "
On May 7, 1931, one hundred and fifty police besiege "Two Gun" Crowley Francis (1911-1932) in his mistress's apartment on West End Avenue in New York.
Armed to the teeth, they fired on him for over an hour on him in the eyes of ten thousand people excited. They same roof for him firing tear gas.
Protected behind a sofa upholstered drawing incessantly at the police, a bloodied hand, he scribbled these words down on paper for those who would find his body: "Under my jacket beat a heart tired but good, and that would make hurt anybody. "
He had yet to shoot at close range with his own revolver, a police officer who had the misfortune of asking his driver's license in Long Island!
Sentenced to the chair in public in Sing Sing prison in the United States January 21, 1932, before dying he exclaimed: "You son of a bitch. Give my love to my mother. "
This story told by Dale Carnegie in "How to make friends" could apply to the Japanese Yakuza, one of whose members said after the earthquake of March 11, 2011: "Nobody yakuza Katagi (ordinary people) and gaijin (abroad) today. We all need to help ourselves. "

Nor Yakuza, nor Katagi, nor Gaijin, we're all Japanese!

Indeed, hours after the devastating earthquake on March 11, 2011 (9.0 on the Richter scale) and the Tsunami that hit Japan and is 11,232 dead and 16.361disparus in coastal areas of northeast and east, two major criminal organizations located in Tokyo Japan have sent food, water and blankets in the affected areas.
Between March 12 and dawn of March 13, 2011, the Inagawa-kai, the third Japanese mafia has sent 25 truckloads of diapers, instant noodles, batteries and flashlights and beverages in the region Tohoku offshore northeast of the island of Honshu. For these donations are not refused, he was no mention anywhere of their provenance.
It took them twelve hours to make the journey from Tokyo to the town hall of Hitachinaka.  And as if to prove their invulnerability, the Yakuza have gone in irradiated unprotected and took potassium iodide recommended! An official from Somiyoshi-kai, the second largest Yakuza family even offered hospitality to strangers. Unheard of among reported xenophobic!
In January 1995, after the Kobe earthquake (7.0), the Yamaguchi-gumi had already distinguished by his generosity by sending and distributing food to the people of Kobe.

Robins Wood of modern times!

Knowing full well that most of this food is paid for by money extorted by violence often to Japan for many years, one wonders if the Yakuza, the Japanese believe that sometimes a necessary evil, do not consider themselves not simply as "Robin Hood" of modern times!
According to a study conducted by the police prefecture of Nara, an adult over 40 years in ten believes that we should leave the Yakuza exist or they are a "necessary evil".
Ultimately, such as Al Capone, Frankie Yale, "Two Gun" Crowley, Dutch Schultz, John Dillinger, etc., were products of Prohibition in the United States in the years 1919-1930, Yakuza are the products of over-consumption and poor development of the cause of radioactivity that threatens Japan today!

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