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Old 23-10-2011, 10:36 PM   #144
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Yakuza (ヤクザ or やくざ ?), also known as gokudō (極道?), are members of traditional organized crime syndicates in Japan. The Japanese police, and media by request of the police, call them bōryokudan (暴力団), literally "violence group", while the yakuza call themselves "ninkyō dantai" (任侠団体 or 仁侠団体), "chivalrous organizations". The yakuza are notoriously known for their strict codes of conduct and very organized nature. They are very prevalent in the Japanese media and operate internationally with an estimated 102,400 members.

Man From the South...

He has taken forty-seven fingers from various people and has lost eleven ...(ya-ku-za, or 8-9-3, is a losing hand in Oicho-Kabu, a form of blackjack).

Yubitsume, or the cutting of one's finger, is a form of penance or apology. Upon a first offence, the transgressor must cut off the tip of his left little finger and hand the severed portion to his boss. Sometimes an underboss may do this in penance to the oyabun if he wants to spare a member of his own gang from further retaliation...

Many yakuza have full-body tattoos. These tattoos, known as irezumi in Japan, are still often "hand-poked", that is, the ink is inserted beneath the skin using non-electrical, hand-made and hand held tools with needles of sharpened bamboo or steel. The procedure is expensive and painful and can take years to complete...

When new members join, they are often required to remove their trousers as well and reveal any lower body tattoos...

Despite uncertainty about the single origin of yakuza organizations, most modern yakuza derive from two classifications which emerged in the mid-Edo Period: tekiya, those who primarily peddled illicit, stolen or shoddy goods; and bakuto, those who were involved in or participated in gambling...

Universal Studios Japan is located in the Konohana waterfront district, on land previously occupied by Sumitomo Metal Industries. The site selection was controversial due to contamination issues.

During its 25-year occupancy, ending 1989, Sumitomo buried over 700,000 tons of materials laced with PCBs, heavy metals, and other carcinogens. "We dumped the solid metal waste out in the open, piled it up, and then just covered it with dirt as ordered by Sumitomo. We did not encase it or anything to protect it from the elements."

Further environmental testing went ahead in 1998. It revealed overwhelming environmental damage. Chlorine contamination was 12 times higher than the Japanese standard, lead 1.7 times, arsenic 3.5 times, mercury 1.2 times and selenium 15 times higher. High concentrations of chromium, a metal believed to cause lung cancer, were also found...

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