The yakuza is the Japanese mafia and their name essentially means “good for nothing.” The name is believed to be drawn from the lowest hand in the Japanese card game baccara, which is similar to Blackjack. In the game, getting the cards ya-ku-sa (“eight-nine-three”) is the worst possible hand you can get.
One of the most noticeable ways members of the yakuza can stick out are their extensive tattoos, called irezumi. Most of the time it covers their entire torso, except for a stripe down the middle of the chest. Sometimes, it can even cover most of their bodies. The tattoos are designed to be hidden under the clothes, and the stripe down their chest allows them to open their shirt collar or wear a robe without revealing them.
The tattoo process is expensive, time consuming, and utterly painful. They aren’t done with electric needles; instead, it’s performed by hand with a needle made from steel or bamboo. The artist dips the needle in some ink and then repeatedly punctures the skin. The tattoos can sometimes take years to be completed.
"An institution's global outlook is one of the key markers of a prestigious university. The top institutions hire faculty from all over the world, attract students from a global market of top talent and collaborate with leading departments wherever they happen to be based." said Phil Baty, editor of Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
Information technology was the third largest sector with 18 brands shortlisted. The total value of listed IT brands accounted for 22.5 percent of the list. Average value increased 10 percent. Beijing is the preferred headquarters location for the IT sector, and 12 listed IT brands set their headquarters there.
In recent years, the yakuza has moved away from getting tattoos because of public backlash. The yakuza also generally try to make an effort to blend in. Also, since the tattoos have gone out of favor, there are not many tattoo artists who can do the technique.
9. Huge Membership
The report also shows that despite the rising pension insurance balance since 2012, the payable number of months fell to 17.7 months last year from 19.7 months in 2012.
While not a low rating when compared to the other four dramas, it was still criticized by many audience members.
The yakuza is also not one big group, either. It’s comprised of several gangs called boryokudan, which means “violence groups.” As of early 2017, there were 22 recognized groups, divided into separate clans. The largest of these groups is Yamaguchi-gumi, who account for about a quarter of all yakuza members.
Yakuza membership exploded after World War II. By the early 1960s, there were 184,100 yakuza members, but that number dropped to around 60,000 for several decades. In the 1990s, they saw a resurgence and there were about 80,000 members until 2011, when their numbers started to dramatically drop. That’s when the Japanese government enacted some new laws to combat the yakuza by restricting their revenue. In late 2016, their numbers were the lowest since the National Police Agency started keeping records, at about 39,100 members.
However, this low membership number isn’t necessarily a good thing. Jake Adelstein, who is a reporter working in Japan and an expert on the yakuza, told the South China Morning Press that the drop in numbers is probably only temporary.
10. “Results” (Andrew Bujalski)
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8. The Godfather of Godfathers
Taoka was born in a small village on the island of Shikoku. He was orphaned at a young age and sent to Kobe, where he worked in shipyards. In 1929, he started to hang out with members of the Yamaguchi-gumi and became a blood member in 1936. During this time, he got the nickname that he’d keep for the rest of his life: Kubo, which means bear. He got the nickname because he had a tendency to claw and gouge out his opponents’ eyes.
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The godfather of godfathers, as Taoka was called, died in July 1981, at the age of 68.
Yet there are similarities between the demagogic elements of the Brexit campaign and the rise of Mr Trump.
The passion for sport utility vehicles continues and the category contributed the most to the entire market, with about 784,900 units sold, a surge of 60.5 percent year-on-year. About 261,400 multi-purpose vehicles were sold in January, a jump of 15.9 percent from the same period last year.
As the title suggests, the show also features the mothers of the pupils and the way that they often pit their children against each other.
《警察故事》(Babylon)，Sundance，周四播出。詹姆斯·内斯比特(Jame Nesbitt)最近在《失踪》(The Missing)中出演了一个孩子失踪多年、备受折磨的父亲，他在这部剧中饰演的是完全不同的角色：一个斤斤计较的老派警官，雇用一个美国公关专家（布里特·马灵[Brit Marling]饰），来改善苏格兰场的形象。这部讽刺剧集由《贫民窟的百万富翁》(Slumdog Millionaire)的导演丹尼·博伊尔(Danny Boyle)执导，有点像阿尔曼多·伊安努奇(Armando Iannucci)的政治喜剧片《灵通人士》(In the Loop)。
A record 27,817 civil service jobs are being offered this year by central government departments and subsidiaries.
Kellogg/HKUST dominated this ranking from 2009 to 2014 but lost out to Trium in 2014 and to Tsinghua University/Insead in 2015.
The number of country rankings published this year rose to 42, up from 38 last year. The newly featured countries are Argentina, Mexico, Pakistan and Romania.
Another version, which was pulled from court testimony, made the act sound a lot less ritualistic. The witness said that the boss wasn’t at the amputation and testified: “The actual procedure is to take… a little silver knife – on a table – and you pull it towards you and bend over and your body weight will snap your finger off…The finger that is severed is put in a small bottle with alcohol and your name is written on it and it is sent to whoever you’re repenting to as a sign that you are sorry.”
A report from the ministry showed that employers recruited 5.2 million workers through public employment service agencies in the first quarter, dropping 229,000, or 4.5 percent, from the previous year.
In eighth place with $6.5 million, Chinese model Liu Wen, 29, is the only Asian model on the list, reflecting the lack of diversity that continues to plague runways.
6. Tadamasa Goto’s Liver
"Migration should be an option, a choice. But for 200 million people, it's a necessity," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a phone interview.
This year brought so many promising new shows: 2014 was the year of “True Detective,” “The Honorable Woman,” “Fargo,” “The Affair,” “Olive Kitteridge” and “Silicon Valley," among others. But there were also older shows that either stayed the course or somehow climbed their way back from a dip or even total eclipse, notably “The Comeback,” starring Lisa Kudrow, a HBO comedy that was canceled in 2005 after one season and then resurrected in November.
Since Goto was a notorious gangster, he wasn’t allowed to enter the United States. This presented a problem for Goto in 2001 because the 59-year-old gangster needed a liver transplant. Liver problems are pretty common among the yakuza because gangsters who run red light districts aren’t exactly known for their clean living. Also, their tattoos are so dense that it blocks sweat from exiting their body, meaning fewer toxins leave their body, taking a toll on the liver. Supposedly, liver damage is a sign of pride among the yakuza. For example, they will say things like “I drank enough to destroy three livers.”
However, due to 家具以旧换新现处招标阶段 旧家具全部拆解处理, transplants are hard to get in Japan. This led to Goto striking a secret deal where he gave the FBI information on the yakuza and he donated money to the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles in exchange for a liver transplant for himself and three of his underlings. The transplant stayed a secret until Jake Adelstein published a story about it in 2008. UCLA claimed that the men each paid $400,000 in cash for their livers and Goto donated $100,000. However, Adelstein uncovered that Goto and one of the other yakuza gangsters each paid $1 million for their livers. Also, Goto would have been number 80 on the wait list for a liver, but he managed to get a transplant in six weeks. Two other people, including the second person on the wait list, died in area hospitals around the time that Goto got his transplant.
After getting the transplant, Goto went back to Japan and he remained the leader of Goto-gumi until 2008. In retirement, he joined the Buddhist priesthood and published an autobiography called Habakarinagara (“Pardon Me, But… “). It was a bestseller and he said his royalties were donated to charity.
5. The Yakuza are Heavily Involved in Japanese Politics and the Japanese Elite
She added that because of economic conditions and anti-immigration sentiment in some Western countries, many Chinese students find it difficult to stay in those countries.
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Every so often, a scandal erupts when it’s exposed that a politician received money from the yakuza or one of their business-fronts. Many times, it’s not enough to ruin a career, and the politician usually doesn’t resign.
One of the biggest political scandals happened during one of the few years when the LDP was not in power. Instead, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) was in power and they ran on a platform of cleaning up the government and cracking down on the yakuza. But then in October 2012, the DPJ appointed a man named Keishu Tanaka as the Minister of Justice. It turned out that he was heavily connected to the yakuza and the fact that the head of their justice system was mobbed-up shocked Japan. Tanaka resigned a few weeks later.
Besides money, another way that the yakuza help the LDP is by whipping up support in rural areas. In these areas, the campaign chiefs are yakuza who are also the head of the agricultural cooperative, called nokyo, and the nokyo are connected to yakuza-run construction companies. Many of the rice growers who are part of the nokyo also work construction jobs because they don’t make enough from growing rice. Obviously, since people in the area are depending on the yakuza to work, the yakuza can be very influential when it comes to drumming up votes for the LDP… who, again, have been in power for 57 of the last 62 years.
4. Human Trafficking
According to 自如甲醛超标还想“封口” 这样的套路很没底线 and the United Nations, Japan has the fourth biggest GDP just behind the United States, China, and the European Union. They are one of the most technologically advanced societies and they have some of the lowest crime rates in the world. Their murder rate is only 0.3 per 100,000 people. Despite how advanced and prosperous the country is, Japan has a horrifying human trafficking problem.
Since 2001, the U.S. Department of State has released the 亿光李建南解读2015年中国LED行业五大发展趋势 measuring countries on their human trafficking problems and what steps their governments are taking to combat the problem. There are four levels: tier 1, tier 2, tier 2 watch list, and tier 3, and then there is a category for special cases. Tier 1 countries are the best at handling human trafficking. This includes countries like the United States, Australia, Canada, and many countries in Europe. Japan, on the other hand, has never been ranked higher than a tier 2 country and has dipped to tier 2 watch list in the past.
Tier 2 are “Countries whose governments do not fully meet the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to meet those standards.” Other Tier 2 countries include Iraq, and 履霜而坚冰至 家居业的“冬天”要来了？, which are El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. The Northern Triangle is the most violent area of the world that isn’t at war, and it’s on par with Japan in terms of human trafficking.
Much of the human trafficking in Japan is handled by the yakuza. The yakuza got their start in human trafficking during World War II, when they worked with the Japanese empire to provide “comfort women” to soldiers. The women were often from South Korea and other countries that were invaded by Japan in World War II.
8.A New iPhone
o Outside events can intrude.Consumer Reports, which raved about the Model S, reported a few “quirks” recently that included door handles that failed to activate and a center touch screen that went blank, blocking access to most of the car’s functions. Edmunds.com has had trouble with its Model S too. More reports like that will dent Tesla’s heretofore shining reputation.
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However, in the 1980s, women’s groups started to protest sex tourism, so the yakuza made a change. Instead of men traveling to have sex with prostitutes, they simply brought foreign women to Japan and set up brothels in red light districts. These brothels are still in business and found throughout Japan.
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Harvey C Mansfield, one of Harvard's most outspoken conservative professors and the author of a book called Manliness, also told the Guardian he questioned the decision. "The bounds of what is offensive have been extended and distorted, and I no longer trust the bent judgment of politically correct enforcers."
3. Host and Hostess Clubs
In Japan, there are bars called hostess and host clubs, where patrons can come and meet a woman, who is called a hostess, or a man, who is a host, and they have drinks and converse. However, the host and hostess clubs have a rather sinister side, as they are either owned by the yakuza or yakuza associated.
According to Jake Adelstein, what happens is that a woman visits a host club to have a “boyfriend experience” with one of the hosts. As they drink, the host encourages the woman to keep buying expensive drinks, for which they get a commission. Sometimes the women rack up huge bills and when they can’t pay, the yakuza may force them to work off their debt, which can be done through prostitution. This can even happen to girls under the age of 18, who are blackmailed or forced into prostitution to pay what they owe.
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2. They Are One of the Wealthiest Organized Criminal Syndicates in the World
Besides the sex trade, another major source of income for the yakuza is drugs – especially methamphetamine. The yakuza reportedly account for one-third of 经济趋稳之下调控趋严 楼市销售仍处高位.
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Economic forecasters are counting on 2014 to be a breakout year. But whether the economy finally moves past its sluggish growth will rest on several forces playing out differently than they have since the recovery began. Some of the key questions:
Today, the Financial Times reveals the fake gross domestic product data routinely released from many northern Chinese regions. There, solid alternative evidence suggests the authorities have “smoothed” the economic growth figures. They artificially boosted growth figures between 2012 and 2016, masking a real downturn, and last year covered up a genuine recovery.
There are more recent estimates about how much revenue the biggest boryokudan, Yamaguchi-gumi, generates and it’s believed to be in the neighborhood of $6.6 billion. This makes Yamaguchi-gumi one of the richest gangs in the world.
1. Their Bloodiest War
There have been several yakuza wars over the past several decades, but the bloodiest started in 1985. The roots of the war date back to July 23, 1981, when Kazuo Taoka, who you’ll remember from entry #8, died of natural causes.
The person who would have assumed the position as oyabun was Kenichi Yamamoto, who was the second-in-command. However, when Taoka died, Yamamoto was in prison. So the lieutenants decided to wait until he got out of prison, and then he would lead the gang. But then Yamamoto died from liver failure in prison on February 4, 1982.
With the two heads of the gang dead, the lieutenants voted on who would take on the leadership and elected Masahisa Takenaka. However, like many elections not everyone was happy with the results. In this case, it was a man named Hiroshi Yamamoto.
Hiroshi Yamamoto broke away from the Yamaguchi-gumi and formed his own group, Ichiwa-kai. They kickstarted the war by shooting to death Takenaka and two prominent members of the Yamaguchi-gumi while they were in an elevator. The war led to more shootings, which are incredibly rare in Japan because of strict gun laws, and bombings over the next four years. Things got so bad that Japanese newspapers kept a scorecard of the dead and injured.
The war was eventually won by Yamaguchi-gumi, who had many more soldiers. By the time the war was over, 36 people were dead and scores more were injured. Once the war came to an end, the members of Yamaguchi-gumi elected Yoshinori Watanabe, aka Mr. Gorilla, to be their leader in 1989. Watanabe was considered a strong and intelligent leader, growing membership and profits, but he 北京5324个开墙打洞点今年集中修补) in 2005 as public heat increased on the yakuza. The current oyabun of Yamaguchi-gumi is Kenichi Shinoda.