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Yakuza Samurai Misfits Gambling Degenerates and other Assorted Ruffians By Will Donovan America has the Mob Ireland has the IRA Southeast Asia has the Triads China Hong Kong and Taiwan have the Tong These are all old powerful crime organizations Japan has the Yakuza We will explore the Yakuza from their origins to their operations and their current day situation The Yakuza can trace their origins back to as early as 1612 when people known as the Kabuki-monocrazy ones began to attract the attention of officials Their strange clothing haircuts and behavior made them stand out quite a bit in the cookie-cutter years of the shogunate Kabuki-mono made a habit of terrorizing anyone at their leisure even to the point of cutting people down for fun The Kabuki-mono were eccentric samurai taking strong names for their gangs and speaking mostly in slang Their loyalty to one another was remarkable as they would protect each other from any threat The Kabuki-mono were servants of the Shogun in groups made of nearly 500000 samurai Unemployed during the peaceful times of the Tokugawa era they were forced into becoming Ronin Many became bandits terrorizing Japan But the Kabuki-mono are not the great-grandfathers of the Yakuza The Yakuza see the Machi-yokko Servant of the Town as their ancestors They were the ones who took up arms and protected themselves against the Kabuki-mono They were farmers laborers and ronin Everyone who was part of the Machi-yokko was a skilled gambler which helped them develop almost like a family with each other and their leaders The early Yakuza did not surface and start to take shape until the late 1700s The Machi-yokko began organizing into families using a relationship known as OyabunKobun Father Son The Oyabun was the father providing advice protection and help The Kobun acted as the Child swearing allegiance and service whenever the Oyabun needed it The initiation rite for the Yakuza was born
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