Yakuza

Author: David E. Kaplan,vid E. Kaplan,Alec Dubro

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520215610

Category: History

Page: 400

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"A fascinating study of how criminal enterprise can infect the very heart of modern capitalism. Here is the backstage world of political influence and organized crime in the world's second largest economy... by far the most detailed and even-handed study of this important and neglected subject."—John W. Dower, author of Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II Reviews of original edition: "A superb study of Japan's underworld that is both entertaining and revealing. The authors miss none of the color and curious detail of the yakuza style, but at the same time go far beyond surface observations."—Far Eastern Economic Review "The book is laden with fascinating information, some of it heretofore unavailable in English."—Washington Post "Blend the Mafia with the Masons. Let them simmer a while, then fold in the Ku Klux Klan and you'll have the yakuza…. Important and timely…Yakuza will serve for years as the source document on Japanese organized crime."—San Jose Mercury News "State-of-the-art investigative reporting…must reading for those who consider themselves already highly conversant with yakuza activities…disturbing."—Journal of Asian Studies

Ruffians, Yakuza, Nationalists

Author: Eiko Maruko Siniawer

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801461855

Category: History

Page: 284

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Violence and democracy may seem fundamentally incompatible, but the two have often been intimately and inextricably linked. In Ruffians, Yakuza, Nationalists, Eiko Maruko Siniawer argues that violence has been embedded in the practice of modern Japanese politics from the very inception of the country's experiment with democracy. As soon as the parliament opened its doors in 1890, brawls, fistfights, vandalism, threats, and intimidation quickly became a fixture in Japanese politics, from campaigns and elections to legislative debates. Most of this physical force was wielded by what Siniawer calls "violence specialists": ruffians and yakuza. Their systemic and enduring political violence-in the streets, in the halls of parliament, during popular protests, and amid labor strife-ultimately compromised party politics in Japan and contributed to the rise of militarism in the 1930s. For the post-World War II years, Siniawer illustrates how the Japanese developed a preference for money over violence as a political tool of choice. This change in tactics signaled a political shift, but not necessarily an evolution, as corruption and bribery were in some ways more insidious, exclusionary, and undemocratic than violence. Siniawer demonstrates that the practice of politics in Japan has been dangerous, chaotic, and far more violent than previously thought. Additionally, crime has been more political. Throughout the book, Siniawer makes clear that certain yakuza groups were ideological in nature, contrary to the common understanding of organized crime as nonideological. Ruffians, Yakuza, Nationalists is essential reading for anyone wanting to comprehend the role of violence in the formation of modern nation-states and its place in both democratic and fascist movements.

Yakuza Moon

Author: Shoko Tendo

Publisher: Kodansha USA

ISBN: 4770050062

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 216

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Yakuza Moon is the shocking, yet intensely moving memoir of 37-yearold Shoko Tendo, who grew up the daughter of a yakuza boss. Tendo lived her life in luxury until the age of six, when her father was sent to prison, and her family fell into terrible debt. Bullied by classmates who called her "the yakuza girl," and terrorized at home by a father who became a drunken, violent monster after his release from prison, Tendo rebelled. A regular visitor to nightclubs at the age of 12, she soon became a drug addict and a member of a girl gang. By the age of 15 she found herself sentenced to eight months in a juvenile detention center. Adulthood brought big bucks and glamour when Tendo started working as a bar hostess during Japan’s booming bubble economy of the nineteen- eighties. But among her many rich and loyal patrons there were also abusive clients, one of whom beat her so badly that her face was left permanently scarred. When her mother died, Tendo plunged into such a deep depression that she tried to commit suicide twice. Tendo takes us through the bad times with warmth and candor, and gives a moving and inspiring account of how she overcame a lifetime of discrimination and hardship. Getting tattooed, from the base of her neck to the tips of her toes, with a design centered on a geisha with a dagger in her mouth, was an act that empowered her to start making changes in her life. She quit her job as a hostess. On her last day at the bar she looked up at the full moon, a sight she never forgot. The moon became a symbol of her struggle to become whole, and the title of the book she wrote as an epitaph for herself and her family.

The Japanese Yakuza

Author: C.M. Johnson

Publisher: Triangle Interactive, Inc.

ISBN: 1684442176

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: N.A

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Read Along or Enhanced eBook: Each Origins: Whodunnit: Organized Crime eShort is a single chapter from the full Origins: Whodunnit: Organized Crime title, packaged as a mini eBook. Origins: Whodunnit: Organized Crime eShorts include The Red Mafia, Triads, The Japanese Yakuza, and The Italian Mafia.

Yakuza vs. Mafia

Author: Virginia Loh-Hagan

Publisher: Cherry Lake

ISBN: 1534149120

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 7961


In Battle Royale: Lethal Warriors, we have a matchup of historic magnitude. We took the deadliest warriors from two different time periods and matched them in a battle of weaponry, strength, and grit. Who will come out victorious, Yakuza or the mafia? You'll have to read to find out. This series utilizes considerate text written at a higher maturity level with a lower reading level to engage struggling readers. Book includes a table of contents, glossary, index, author biography, sidebars, educational matter, and activities.

Yakuza Sweet Revenge

Author: Angel Broady

Publisher: Rose Angel Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 282

View: 7902


She flees from China, Yanshi to Edo where she is a stranger, fallen into a belief that she could bring peace and to know the truth about her bloodline. She meets an attractive young- man name Spider (Kyiomizu Rau) who she is willing to trust as part of a clan that falls into two world. The clan holds account in their own murders and assassinations of traitors, they say is the good of the clan. Read how a princess of Yanshi china becomes a ninja assassin of Iga Japan for an unknown clan she is drawn to trust in order to receive a fate of immortality.

Yakuza Reincarnation Vol. 3

Author: Takeshi Natsuhara,Hiroki Miyashita

Publisher: Seven Seas Entertainment

ISBN: 1685798322

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 180

View: 3828


At the outlaw-infested city of Daniemi, Ryu meets Carlo, a former member of the trade metropolis's now-corrupt cops. Carlo's beloved Capo was murdered by a foul and craven lot, and Ryu agrees to help Carlo avenge him--only to get wrapped up in the conspiracy of the bigwigs who rule the town!

Yakuza, Go Home!

Author: Anne Wingate

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780786200092

Category: Fiction

Page: 351

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When a Japanese crime lord begins a reign of terror in Bayport, Texas, chief of police Mark Shigata must fight to protect his own family and come to terms with a Japanese tradition he does not share

Art theatre guild

Author: Andreas Ungerböck

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Independent filmmakers

Page: 180

View: 7775


Die große Retrospektive der VIENNALE und des Filmmuseums widmete sich 2003 einem bedeutenden Filmland und einer markanten Ära des modernen Kinos: Japan und die Erneuerungsbeegungen der sechziger und siebziger Jahre. Die Produktions- und Verleihfirma ATG - Art Theatre Guild war ab Mitte der sechziger Jahre die zentrale Heimstätte des unabhängigen japanischen Autorenfilms. Sie wurde 1961 zunächst als Verleih mit angeschlossener Kinokette gegründet und trug so wesentlich zur Bildung eines filmgeschichtlichen Bewusstseins in Japan bei. 1967 begann ATG, selbst Filme zu produzieren und wurde innerhalb kurzer Zeit zur wichtigsten Produktionsgesellschaft für das künstlerische Kino. Zu der Retrospektive "Art Theatre Guild. Unabhängiges Japanisches Kino 1962-1984" erschien ein umfangreicher Katalog in deutscher Sprache mit Textbeiträgen von Hirasawa Go, Yomota Inuhiko, Okubo Ken, Max Tessier und Roberta Novielli, welche die filmhistorische Bedeutung von ATG als zentrale Heimstätte des unabhängigen japanischen Autorenfilms reflektieren. Abgerundet wird der Band durch ein Interview mit Kuzui Kinshiro, geführt vom Kurator der Retrospektive, Roland Domenig.

Organized Crime

Author: Howard Abadinsky

Publisher: Wadsworth

ISBN: N.A

Category: Organized crime

Page: 457

View: 837


Abadinsky provides a detailed, comprehensive analysis of the origins, history, theoretical explanations, and structure of domestic andinternational organized crime, including drug trafficking, gambling, and loan sharking. The author also explains the methods employed by lawenforcement agencies to combat organized crime, and the policy decisions reached by various investigating committees and commissions,including the President's Commission on Organized Crime.