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Little Tokyo (小東京)

Post by Ten » Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:23 pm

Yakuza: The Warlords of Japanese Organized Crime
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The power of the yakuza, Japan's legendary crime syndicates, reaches into all areas of Japan's economic life and politics. Composed of some 3,000 separate, tightly-knit gangs, with over 80,000 members, the yakuza survive despite Japan's 1992 Anti-gang law and other government measures. While the range of their traditional activities has been somewhat reduced, they have compensated by turning to more sophisticated types of crime and by expanding their operations abroad - mostly to Southeast Asia, parts of Latin America, and the U.S. Estimates of their annual income from criminal activities and their 25,000 legitimate "front" organizations run to as high as 70 billion dollars, with some 500 million dollars traced to the U.S. The author examines the history, societal context, organizational structure, activities and tactics of the yakuza and concludes with an assessment of how, and the extent to which their power and criminal operations can be curbed.

Some of the wealthiest, most organized and sophisticated of these international organized crime groups are 300 year-old Japanese groups called the yakuza. The majority of these yakuza syndicates operate in and out of Japan; however, there are many yakuza syndicates expanding their operations all over the world to every expatriate Japanese community. This international expansion of the yakuza and their activities will probably continue due to their increasing involvement in the drug and gun trade, and, more importantly, because of their ever increasing involvement in highly sophisticated financial crimes which have the potential to affect the economies of foreign nations. More importantly, the yakuza syndicates, unlike other ethnic organized crime groups, are, to a certain degree, readily accepted by Japanese society and heavily connected to the highest levels of government; factors which will make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to eliminate them from the national and international scene. Therefore, it is important that governments and law enforcement officials around the world understand the history, organization, structure, "business" practices and tactics, and the future of these yakuza syndicates, if they are to combat the "new" wave of organized crime groups in their countries. To understand the motivation and mechanisms of the yakuza, it is essential to have some knowledge of their long and complex history.

The history of the yakuza is filled with tales of yakuza Robin Hoods coming to the aid of the common people. The heroes of these tales are society's victims who bettered their lives and lived the life of the outlaw with dignity. These tales stand at the heart of the yakuza's self-image, and of public perception as well. The police and most scholars challenge the accuracy of these Robin Hood tales, but the feeling persists among the Japanese that organized crime in Japan bears a noble past. To understand this romantic image of the yakuza, one must go back nearly four centuries to an era that is the source of countless modern legends in Japan where the sword and the samurai reigned supreme.

The yakuza, particularly the early yakuza groups, follow, to some degree, the values embodied in bushido, the code of the samurai. Like the samurai, the yakuza would prove their manliness by the stoic endurance of pain, hunger, and imprisonment, and violent death for the yakuza was an honorable fate. But at the heart of the yakuza's and Japanese society's values, which bind people together, lie the concepts of giri and ninjō.
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Giri means "obligation or a strong sense of duty, and is tied up with complex Japanese values involving loyalty, gratitude, and moral debt. In a sense, giri is the social cloth that binds much of Japan together, and its observance plays a central role in the oyabun-kobun system.

Ninjō roughly means "human feeling" or "emotion". Among its many interpretations is "generosity or sympathy toward the weak and disadvantaged, and empathy toward others. By adopting giri-ninjō, the yakuza enhanced their standing in society, showing that, like the samurai, they could combine compassion and kindness with their martial skills. According to Kakuji Inagawa, former head of the Inagawa-kai, "the yakuza are trying to pursue the road of chivalry and patriotism. That's our biggest difference with the American Mafia, it's our sense of giri-ninjō. The yakuza try to take care of all society if possible, even if it takes one million yen to help a single person."

The Inagawa-kai (稲川会) is the third largest of Japan's yakuza groups, with approximately 15,000 members. It is based in the Kantō region, and was one of the first yakuza organizations to begin operating overseas. The Inagawa-kai was founded in Atami, Shizuoka in 1949 as the Inagawa-gumi (稲川組) by Kakuji Inagawa. Most of its members were drawn from the bakuto (traditional gamblers), and illegal gambling has long been the clan's main source of income. It has also expanded into such fields as drug trafficking, blackmail, extortion, and prostitution. February 2009 saw the Inagawa-kai 'Honbu' (Head Office) relocate from the Roppongi district of Tokyo to Akasaka. There is currently strong resistance from the local political groups and residents of Akasaka meaning that the location of the new Honbu may change yet again.

The Inagawa-kai quietly helped to provide relief in the wake of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami by sending supplies to affected areas. As a whole, the group shipped over 100 tons of supplies, including instant ramen, bean sprouts, paper diapers, batteries, flashlights, tea and drinking water, to the Tōhoku region.
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Little Tokyo (小東京)

Post by Ten » Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:26 pm

Meet The Faction — Little Tokyo
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"Little Tokyo is the home of Japanese culture; lantern filled streets, detailed murals, fine cuisine and hard working individuals.

Disguised by their legal fronts and well kept neighbourhood, Little Tokyo is operated by a fully functioning branch of the Inagawa-kai situated within the heart of its innocent streets. Most of its inducted members grew up within Little Tokyo; experiencing its upbringing since childhood and inevitably developing into another partaker of Little Tokyo's well accustomed traditions of maintaining the community.

Though reputable for their successful businesses in the legal world, the Yakuza have created a lucrative market revolving around the traffic of illegal firearms, offshore acquired narcotics, fraud, laundering, blackmail and many other well acknowledged unlawful occupations."

Check out our "Meet The Faction" thread here.


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Upon joining the faction we highly encourage roleplaying a second or third generation Japanese-American who resides within Little Tokyo or other surrounding areas. The faction tolerates other Asian ethnicities (predominantly Korean) as well as other Japanese melanges, however do not condone players roleplaying originally being from Japan and settling in within Little Tokyo when the aim is to inevitably associate yourselves within the Yakuza.

Little Tokyo aims to portray a realistic sub-set, representing the Inagawa-Kai back home in Japan. The faction accommodates almost all and any form of developmental roleplay both legal and illegal. The majority of Little Tokyo homes several businesses ranging from restaurants, cafes, a local garage as well as an open bath house all of which are open for members of Little Tokyo to use.

Before trying to approach us it is highly recommended you study and research about the Yakuza subculture and what today's limits are in America; any queries can be addressed to Ten for further guidance. If you have questions or concerns about the faction, please forward your messages to either Joey or Kyle.



Useful documentaries, references, guides and articles
Extensive Guide to Yakuza Roleplay
Twilight Of The Yakuza (Organised Crime Documentary)
Japan's Most Violent Biker Gang
Yakuza: The Warlords of Japanese Organized Crime
Walking tour of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles, California
Japan’s yakuza aren’t disappearing. They’re getting smarter.
Behind the Yakuza: documenting the women of Japan’s mafia
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Re: No Longer Human (人間失格)

Post by Blacks And Hennessy » Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:00 pm

Take this far.
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Re: No Longer Human (人間失格)

Post by King Jay » Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:52 pm

bootiful.
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Re: No Longer Human (人間失格)

Post by Leo_Carabelli » Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:41 pm

Jesus fuck, this one is going to gain a lot of popularity, I can already see it.
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Re: No Longer Human (人間失格)

Post by the unforgiven » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:08 pm

nice

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Re: No Longer Human (人間失格)

Post by Dan_Ogasawara » Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:40 pm



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Re: No Longer Human (人間失格)

Post by .Dion. » Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:07 pm

Best of luck. Hope to see more of this.

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Re: No Longer Human (人間失格)

Post by Dan_Ogasawara » Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:40 pm

OOC note; For anyone feeling the vibe and interest to participate in this small project, my private message section is open. My purpose is to turn these side of events into a reginal organization of a yakuza or a rightwing japanese crime group.

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Re: No Longer Human (人間失格)

Post by Samuel_Haneda » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:39 pm

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Re: No Longer Human (人間失格)

Post by Kev » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:04 pm

I love this, take it far.
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Re: No Longer Human (人間失格)

Post by Richard_Carafano » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:27 pm

Take it far.

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Re: No Longer Human (人間失格)

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Re: No Longer Human (人間失格)

Post by Vaidas_Katanavicius » Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:51 am

Loving the inclusion of shogun times' art. Good faction and good members, will keep my eye out.

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