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In the News (Sun 23 Jun 19)

  
  The Yakuza
Yakuza strength rises and falls according to the tides of Japanese society, with estimates of core membership ranging from 80,000 to more than 110,000 in the years from 1945 to 1996.
Yakuza however not see kabuki-mono as their "ancestors" instead they feel that they are machi-yakko(City servant), Machi-yakko became the people's heroes, praised by the citizens for their help against kabuki-mono.
Yakuza members can be youth that been abandoned by their parents, youths seeking refuge from the high pressures of school, refugees from Korea, China etc. The boss becomes their father and their comrades as brothers.
www.okinawan-shorinryu.com /okinawa/yakuza.html   (2136 words)

  
 Yakuza: Past and Present
The following month, high-ranking yakuza argued that they are not truly evil; their code of chivalry (similar to bushido, the Way of the Warrior) and samurai values calls upon them to defend the interests of society's weaker members, and their conduct expresses their noble values, not violence.
Over 130 lawyers, professors, and Christian ministers proclaimed that the yakuza countermeasures were unconcitutional, basically on the grounds that they infringed basic rights, such as the freedom of assembly, the choice of occupation, and the ownership of property.
The yakuza retaliated against the citizens, smashing windows of the local garage mechanic, stabbing the town's lawyer in the lung, and slashing another activist in the throat.
members.tripod.com /~orgcrime/yakuzahistory.htm   (3973 words)

  
 Yakuza - Sixth World Wiki   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Yakuza (やくざ or ヤクザ) also known as gokudou, are members of traditional organized crime groups that originate from Japan.
As a result, at least in the JIS and it's protectorates, Yakuza groups maintain open offices, often with a wooden plank on the front door displaying the group name and their emblem.
Most Yakuza organizations are usually referred to using the number of generations or times the oyabun or kumicho has been replaced, either through retirement or death, as a measure of the age of that group.
wiki.dumpshock.com /index.php/Yakuza   (583 words)

  
 Yakuza
The basic tenets of the Yakuza are not to reveal any secrets of the organization, to never violate the wife or children of another member, to not personally use narcotics, don't withhold money from the gang, don't fail to obey your superior, and don't appeal to the police.
From 1960 through 1992, the Yakuza were responsible for up to 20% of homicides, 20% of burglaries, 25% of assaults, 40% of flmail and 50% of intimidation, and they form about 40% of the prison population.
Yakuza are sometimes in place of attorneys or the police when those two groups would take too long to solve some kind of problem a person is facing.
www.bookmice.net /darkchilde/japan/yakuza.html   (1009 words)

  
 Yakuza - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Yakuza (やくざ or ヤクザ), also known as gokudō (極道), are members of traditional organized crime groups in Japan.
The biggest yakuza umbrella group, the Yamaguchi-gumi, emerged in the Kansai region, which had a large entertainment industry in the city of Osaka as well as a major sea port in Kobe.
Another Yakuza racket is bringing women of other ethnicities/races, especially White/European and Asian to Japan under the lure of a glamourous position, then forcing the women into prostitution.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Yakuza   (3346 words)

  
 Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia
The yakuza do not believe that women are strong enough to keep silent if interrogated by the police or their ene mies.
In the yakuza society, if a m ember is jailed for any reason, he gains prestige when he is released from police custody.
As mentioned, women are not allowed to be members of the yakuza, but this was an emergency, and her decision was respected by all the members as she was the wife of the former boss.
members.tripod.com /~orgcrime/japgangint.htm   (2514 words)

  
 Kikizo Games: PS2 Review: Yakuza
On playing Yakuza a person could be left confused as to why the game was touted by many as a 'spiritual successor' to Shenmue, mixed with a healthy dosage of GTA.
Yakuza is a pleasant sight on the PS2, with the small area in Tokyo open to the player portrayed in delightful neon glory with bustling streets and a general ambience that draws you in to the experience.
In the grand scheme of things Yakuza won't be remembered for pushing any boundaries and I hazard to think it will be spoken of in the same sentences as Shenmue and GTA again, but on its own two feet and with head held high, it's a damn fun game.
games.kikizo.com /reviews/ps2/yakuza.asp   (1274 words)

  
 Yakuza (via CobWeb/3.1 vn1.cs.wustl.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Yakuza members can be youth that been abandoned by their parents, youths that not managed the high pressure from the school, refugees from Korea, China etc.
Freelancing yakuza is a yakuza that not commit any bigger crimes and belongs to a little group of hustlers.
Yakuza frequently engage in a uniquely Japanese form of extortion, known as sōkaiya.In essence, this is a specialized form of protection racket.
www.yakuza-mafia.blogspot.com.cob-web.org:8888   (2735 words)

  
 The japanese Mafia, Yakuza.
Yakuzas origin can be followed far back as to the year 1612, when men known as kabuki-mono (the crazy ones), got knowed by the local authorities.
The current yakuza came not until at middle of the 17th century.
Allmost all yakuza members have the same type of background: poor, criminals and misfits.
w1.313.telia.com /~u31302275/yakuza.htm   (453 words)

  
 Sony PlayStation | Yakuza
Yakuza has a great use of the cinematics that are often interesting to watch.
Yakuza does a great job of recreating the look and feel of a piece of urban Japan.
Yakuza may not be perfect, but is a breath of fresh air in what appeared to be a dying genre.
www.projectcoe.com /sony/games/yakuza.html?var1=sc3   (2061 words)

  
 Introduction to Yakuza Japanese
Yakuza Japanese can also be spoken relatively politely, as when speaking to a superior or the police.
Yakuza pronunciation is notable for its growled words, the trilled R sound, and slurred vowels.
Yakuza movies tend to use only the most common slang so as to give the dialogue an authentic air, but not baffle the viewers.
www.jingai.com /yakuza/introduction.html   (801 words)

  
 Yakuza Teach English
Yakuza, published by Jamaby Press, is the story of a young man who enters the Japanese Mafia.
Yakuza is available from http://www.jamaby.com in book and download form.
Yakuza is his first published novel, he is also the creator of Peetareader, a software based thesaurus.
www.prweb.com /releases/2006/7/prweb411244.htm   (374 words)

  
 Yakuza screenshots and facts for the PS2
Kiryu Kazuma – a former rising star in the Yakuza who is rebuilding his life after serving a 10-year prison term for murder – suddenly finds himself caught in a spiraling underworld plot involving a mysterious girl known as Haruka and a missing $100 million.
Yakuza delivers a perfect balance of action and adventure with its immersive storyline and stylish fighting mechanics created specifically for the game.
Yakuza is an all-encompassing, immersive chronicle that captures the full scope of the Yakuza by authentically recreating Tokyo's underground nightlife, while unveiling the mystery surrounding the Yakuza's traditional honor, respect, and loyalty system.
www.gamerevolution.com /screen/ps2/yakuza   (418 words)

  
 The Modern Yakuza
These groups would utilize the Yakuza to carry out some of the dirty work against their political opponents and served the purpose of someone outside of their own group if things went wrong or a public outcry arose due to a particular action.
In particular the Yakuza became close to the nationalistic groups that were calling for a military solution to the problems faced by Japan.
With the coming of the postwar occupation troops the Yakuza was viewed as a threat to security and efforts were made to break the power they had developed during the war years.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/organized_crime/41687   (576 words)

  
 Yakuza movies
The myth the yakuza have created for themselves, with the help of popular writers, stresses the continuity of their ethos to that of noble warriors of the past.
Yakuza films are often nostalgic, with their heroes living and dying by values seemingly lost in modern Japan.
Maybe the yakuza were no less sad or misguided than the ordinary salarymen, sacrificing themselves for the good of society.
www.jingai.com /yakuza/movies.html   (945 words)

  
 Book Review: Uncovering the Secrets of the Japanese Yakuza --- Asia Pacific Media Service
WHEN DAVID KAPLAN and Alec Dubro's book on Japan's criminal underworld, the yakuza, was first published in 1986, it became an instant best seller in Asia and soon earned a place as a standard reference on Japanese organized crime.
They also describe how the yakuza, once known for their striking full-body tattoos and severed fingertips, are being replaced by a new generation of corporate mob bosses, who have added attorneys and accountants to their armies of hit men and hired muscle.
The yakuza's role in luring young girls from rural Southeast Asia to the brothels of urban Japan is also examined.
www.asiapacificms.com /articles/yakuza_books   (614 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Yakuza: Computer & Video Games   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Yakuza's storyline is interesting enough, and the vocie actors (including Michael Madsen, Eliza Dushku, Mark Hamil, and Michael Rosenbaum) do well, but the dialogue that they have been given is atrocious.
There is so much cursing in Yakuza that this is easily the most foul mouthed action game to come along in a long time (and that's saying something) which also detracts from the gameplay as opposed to giving it a gritty environment.
Yakuza is a good game with some very fun elements, but suffers from camera and loading time issues.
www.amazon.com /Sega-of-America-Inc-10086630992/dp/B000FIVC2W   (1991 words)

  
 GameSpy: Yakuza Preview   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
While it has a few technical issues, Yakuza is shaping up to be a hard-hitting tale of a life filled with danger.
Yakuza tells the story of one Kiryu Kazuma, one of the Yakuza's rising stars who gets sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit.
The majority of the action that we saw was good old-fashioned hand-to-hand brawling, but the developers mentioned that you'll also be able to use swords and firearms.
ps2.gamespy.com /playstation-2/project-j-sega/704844p1.html   (706 words)

  
 www.myspace.com/yakuza (via CobWeb/3.1 vn1.cs.wustl.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
With high praise from the metal press, local and national newspapers, and highbrow publications alike, Chicagos Yakuza has succeeded in garnering attention of all kinds, all the while not compromising the bands free-flowing and spontaneous musical integrity.
Yakuza stays deeply rooted in a genre all its own: a metal base with progressive flair, while incorporating elements of jazz, world beat, and post-rock ambience.
Yakuza has always fundamentally been about bending the rules of preconceived musical limitations without ever having to utter a word about it, the Yakuza sound speaks for itself.
www.myspace.com.cob-web.org:8888 /yakuza   (757 words)

  
 Next Level Gaming's Yakuza Video Game Page!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Kazuma — a former rising star in the Yakuza who is rebuilding his life after serving a 10-year prison term for murder — suddenly finds himself caught in a spiraling underworld plot involving a mysterious girl known as Haruka and a missing $100 million.
A critical and commercial hit in Japan, Yakuza authentically re-creates the city streets and illicit haunts of Tokyo’s nightlife district, with memorable characters, cinematic style, free-roaming adventure, a gripping story, deadly fighting, and deep gameplay.
Yakuza brings the player in the immersive story of Kiryu Kazuma, a former Yakuza top earner who is rebuilding his life after serving 10 years in prison for murder.
www.nlgaming.com /nl/asp/id_3738/nl/gameDetail.htm   (513 words)

  
 Yakuza Review / Preview for PlayStation 2 (PS2)
First of all Yakuza is not as good as GTA in many respects and it would be financial suicide for it to even attempt to emulate it.
There are many surprises in Yakuza because of the gameplay’s strong ties to the storyline which causes it to twist and turn with the plot.
Yakuza has a ton of things going for it at this point, and its success in Japan is but a single thing to be excited about.
www.cheatcc.com /psx2/rev/yakuzareview.html   (1997 words)

  
 GameSpy: Yakuza   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Yakuza is an action-adventure title with a story and setting focusing on the darker side of Tokyo life.
Yakuza (05/04/06) - Sega's ready to bring us into the web of intrigue and violence surrounding the world's most dangerous organization.
Yakuza (09/06/06) - Japanese-style crime drama in a free-roaming framework.
ps2.gamespy.com /playstation-2/project-j-sega   (330 words)

  
 Yakuza, Expanded Edition
Despite their criminal nature, the yakuza are accepted by fellow Japanese to a degree guaranteed to shock most Westerners.
Originally published in 1986, Yakuza was so controversial in Japan that it could not be published there for five years.
This updated, expanded, and thoroughly revised edition of Yakuza tells the full story of Japan's remarkable crime syndicates, from their feudal start as bands of medieval outlaws to their emergence as billion-dollar investors in real estate, big business, art, and more.
www.ucpress.edu /books/pages/8278.html   (473 words)

  
 Yakuza - Kotaku
Just as Yakuza goes on sale in North America for $50, Sony Computer Entertainment announces that the unlocalized version Ryu Ga Gotoku will be part of the "PlayStation 2 the Best"...
When the Yakuza voice cast was announced I was depressed—well, as depressed as one can justifiably be when learning of a potentially bad dub for a video game.
From Monkey to Yakuza: The Transmigration of Toshihiro Nagoshi
www.kotaku.com /gaming/yakuza   (606 words)

  
 GameTrailers.com - Yakuza (Playstation 2) - Media, News, Reviews, Previews
Yakuza packs a fierce one-inch punch, but it's roundhouse kick is just a little lacking.
Eliza brings her style and mannerisms to voice a character in Yakuza.
In the UK Yakuza was not properly promoted therefor ending up as a 2nd rate game (well in my area) so not many of my friends bought the game.
www.gametrailers.com /gamepage.php?id=2576   (474 words)

  
 Viking Phoenix Web Page - Japan, Incorporated: The Yakuza   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Yakuza traditions signal their presence with tattoos (see right), sunglasses, slicked down hair and frequently, missing fingers.
Yakuza provide a constant, central theme in Japan's popular culture and trace their origins to at least the 17th century.
In addition, Yakuza will be encountered in larger numbers and wield greater influence wherever large communities of overseas Japan reside for work and study.
vikingphoenix.com /public/JapanIncorporated/ultranationalists/yakuza.htm   (1063 words)

  
 Yakuza for PS2 - Pro-G
Yakuza's a competent and perfectly enjoyable pick'n'mix of some of the best games of the last 10 years, but doesn't excel at any aspect it borrows.
SEGA has launched a new website which confirms that a sequel to Yakuza will be released in Japan this year.
Sega of America and Sega of Europe have announced that the critically acclaimed Yakuza (Japanese title Ryu Ga Gotoku) is heading to North America and Europe this summer.
www.pro-g.co.uk /ps2/yakuza/index.html   (282 words)

  
 Yakuza Caused Katrina
At least ten nations and organizations possess the technology but Stevens suspects the Japanese Yakuza created Katrina in order to make a fortune in the futures market and to get even with the U.S. for the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima.
Presumably he narrowed it down to rogue Russian generals and neo-Nazis - who seem unlikely to have the kind of global reach and resources required to destroy New Orleans, and who are both cliches - or the yakuza, who are purely a criminal organisation rather than armed representatives of a religious or ethnic group.
Although the yakuza are Japanese, they are not exclusively so, and in any case the Japanese, Chinese and Koreans are the only ethnic groups left whom it is acceptable to insult in the USA without fear of serious repercussions.
www.museumofhoaxes.com /hoax/weblog/comments/yakuza_caused_katrina   (1565 words)

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