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Internet Newspaper Note: Yakuza to the Rescue

Newspaper Article: Yakuza to the Rescue. [link]
Author: Jake Adelstein.
Source: The Daily Beast
Date: March 18, 2011

Yakuza code of honor is rather… special, I’d say. When I started my research a while back I found a note on the 1995 Kobe Earthquake which said that the yakuza had been the first on scene with some kind of organized/efficient relief strategy. Kobe is the main HQ of the Yamaguchi-gumi, so it made some kind of sense that they would ‘do something’ for their people.

This month, when the Great Tohoku Earthquake hit again, the yakuza moved again, and once more they were the first on scene. In barely 24 hours they arranged trucks of basic necessities and drove up north east with whatever they could find. Probably they just plunged into Conbini storage warehouses or something and just took what they wanted; as mentioned their code of honor is rather particular.

What gives, nonetheless, a glimpse of the magnitude of the disaster is the fact that the yakuza, an extremely ethnic and racist group is this: There are no yakuza or katagi (ordinary citizens) or gaijin (foreigners) in Japan right now. We are all Japanese. For the yakuza, this is something huge. Then again, I’m probably just flailing the fact that they drove north for 12 hours to drop by the supplies and ‘not mentioned that they were from the yakuza so they did not get rejected’. Oh, minna ♥


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