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The middle-aged crisis of the Japanese underworld: this killer is not good

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Try not to move the knife, try not to shoot.

At the end of November 2017, Takahashi, a member of the Yamaguchi group from Kobe Prefecture, accidentally discovered that his submitted poems were published in the latest issue of Yamaguchi New Newspaper:

"More serious than leaking information is leaking urine."

"This is the slobber you spit? I will drink it. How much do I drink, then do you dare to drink?" - In addition to the theme of this gang fight, the "Chuanliu" published in the same period is mostly one. Strong citizen style:

"My wife is cruel and ruthless, wanting to sow beans."

"Every time I see a child in the first month, my wallet will cry."

"The doctor's diagnosis is very accurate when he is old."

......

I don't know when it started. This kind of oil poem that is not in line with the gangster temperament frequently appeared on the "Yamaguchi Group New Newspaper". The "chopper knife broken finger", "chopsticks inserted ear" role.

Even the reporters of the "Sankei Shimbun" can't help but ridicule: "It's really awkward to be awkward than the wage earners."

The unavoidable fact is that even in the context of the aging crisis in Japan, even the underworld organizations have begun to become "central centers." According to the statistics of the Japanese Police Agency in 2017, the number of underworld members over the age of 50 exceeds 40%.

"In addition to the severe crackdown by the Japanese police, the economy is sluggish. Some elderly people who cannot join the annuity and insurance system are living more bleak than their peers," said Suzuki Zhiyan, a professional gangster literature expert. "So everyone put this I’m venting my emotions in the agency’s newspaper, I hope someone will share it.”


The "middle-age crisis" of the underworld

The brand-new Toyota-class premium car, the Mazi who wears a black suit, and the expensive tattoos... all of this has immersed many of the boys in the spirit of self-respect.

But nowadays, the polar boy has become a very old boy, and all kinds of signs also show that the era of "cutting fingers" has gone with their youth - the world's most vast Japanese gang is facing A "survival or destruction" problem:

The aging of Japanese society and the shortage of young labor force are on the rise, and the Japanese police are also eyeing them.


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Unlike other regions, triad organizations must try to hide themselves. In Japan, violent groups can legally accept registration and operate under the supervision of the law. The Japanese Police Department publishes a white paper every year to count the number of members of the underworld.

This number has gradually declined since the 1990s: in the early 1990s, there were 70,000 gang members in the country. By the end of 2016, there were only 18,100 people, and last year it was reduced by 4,600.

Even the Yamaguchi group, which is known as the "40,000-strong regiment (including preparatory members)", has shrunk severely, leaving only a quarter of its power.

"The office I belong to now has less than one-fifth of the number of members in the heyday. There are not many people in the direct-sponsoring group who even take turns guarding the parking lot of the home." The sixth-generation Yamaguchi group said.

This shrinkage is not only related to the inclusion of some members, but for the majority of the underworld members who are still in the world, this is the "worst era."

In recent years, the punishment for using weapons has become more stringent. Suzuki Suzuki, a priest who knows the Japanese underworld, said: "The buddies who started to ask for participation in the gang struggles are trying to keep their knives and try not to shoot." Otherwise, the top officials will be shut down."

Therefore, the so-called "fire" nowadays is only to push people into the car late at night, or throw a fire extinguisher into the enemy group's office.

Such a day is like a milk with boiled water. "Recently drinking or singing karaoke is almost always in the daytime, because it is easy to get involved in disputes at night, so it is really boring."

Coupled with the "no food to eat" in the group, many of the underlying members are actually poor, and more and more people are withdrawing from the organization.

"The path of the underworld is really unstoppable." The members of the underworld complained in the documentary "The Underworld and the Constitution." According to the Japanese Police Agency, between 2013 and 2016, 20,000 people were separated from the organization.


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"If there is no fresh blood coming in, everything will stop."

In order to recruit new people, the Yamaguchi group, which is the industry benchmark, not only established a pension system, but also motivated senior members to make a fortune for young people, and also aimed at the Internet.

They created a website called “Anti-Drug, Purify Japan”. The page design is entirely in the style of the 1990s. Many photos were taken to the scene during the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake and the 2011 Japanese tsunami. Scenes.

But this approach is close to "0" for the younger generation of "new bad".

"We don't join the violent regiment, and we don't want to be a violent regiment. We love the streets and pursue freedom," said Ajia Natsu, the founder of the diamond family in Kitakyushu.

"The words spoken by the head must be right", "The gift must be doubled back", "Be sure to fight back when you are beaten", "Cut your own little finger when you are in trouble"... In the past, the members of these underworld members The cultivation and the conviction of the scientific development concept have been decadent in the eyes of unorganized street people.

Now inside the gang, if you screw things up, you don't have to cut your fingers and pay a huge sum of money to the organization. The problem of betrayal gangs is also seen as a commonplace like a job-hopping.


Once the "necessary evil"

Even though the gangsters are very bleak today, they cannot hide the fact that until 1992, before the Japanese government implemented the "Violence Countermeasures Act" against gangs, the existence of the underworld in Japanese society was still considered to be "necessary evil." ".

The Japanese film "The Battle of No Benevolence", which was released in 1973, began with such a narration: "Japan has been defeated for one year. Although the great violence of war has disappeared, the violent vortex of people has been rolled up in the land of disorder. How to fight this disordered state depends only on one's own strength (gangster)."

After World War II, Japan was in chaos and the economy collapsed. The black market was dominated by the Three Kingdoms (then Japan's name for the old colonies such as North Korea, Taiwan, and the Chinese).

In order to fight against the "three peoples" who believe that "the victorious nationals do not have to obey the laws of the defeated countries", gamblers, traffickers and unemployed people who have begun to take shape in the modern gangs have joined forces.

It was immediately seen by the means of violence and violence. At that time, there was even an absurd scene of the official help gang to deal with the three people. Therefore, the underworlds began to be called "Knights" and "Chivalry" by the Chinese people whose self-esteem has been seriously damaged.


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Subsequently, Japan, which emerged from the shadow of defeat, entered a period of rapid economic growth.

Based on the primitive accumulation of the early black market and the government's connivance, the underworld also established a group of economical businesses that are black-and-white and well-regulated through "fear."

Japanese society has even seen the idea that "the underworld activities promoted the economic take-off in the 1960s." In contrast, the economic recession of the 1990s was sometimes referred to as the "gangster recession."

At that time, the image of the gang in the minds of young people was very good: "They wear gorgeous costumes, drive expensive cars, drink and drink in the cool bar, as long as they bear the 'diamond pattern' that symbolizes the Yamaguchi group, they will have a bunch of gangs. A young team member who is selling for himself."

In the era of the economic bubble around 1990, the upstarts who had more money than anyone else were gangsters. In the downtown area of ​​Osaka's Beixindi or Tokyo's Ginza, you can often see their money.

In addition, the Japanese gang's acting style is unique. They basically do not endanger the national economy and the interests of large and medium-sized enterprises. In fact, they rarely resort to violence. If they do use violence against someone, then this person is usually a member of another gang.

In the 1980s, if a gang member killed someone, he would most likely take a gun to surrender to the police the next day: "This is what I did."

This way of doing things has earned them a living space for a period of time.

At that time, even the police believed that the gang had a certain role. "The way the underworld makes a living is to find a third way between the rule of law and the rule of man. They play a coordinating role in society as a whole. Although they exist in a very sensitive way, they are essential."

Before conducting a raid, the police will inform the gang in advance, both for the sake of respect and for the gang members to set aside time to pack up the evidence of the crime.

From the gangster dream of "luxury, sports car, beauty",

To "a career that is difficult to survive"

Before 2010, the gang will hold an annual “group tour” in Kabukicho, Tokyo. They are dressed in suits, collectively dispatched, and say hello to everyone on their own territory.

"The street is filled with a subtle atmosphere, mixed with respect, fear, anger, overwhelming and envious." - This is also the last scene of the Japanese underworld.

As the gang’s tentacles spread throughout the political and business circles and even extended overseas, the Japanese government’s sense of crisis has also increased. The police have vowed to gamble on the country’s prestige to disintegrate these evil forces.

Since 2010, the annual "gang worship" of the gang has been officially banned. An anti-black tide has also risen in the private sector. Many shops and companies will hang a sign at the door of the company and write: "The violent regiment is chasing," which means hitting the underworld.

Yamaguchi’s defense lawyer, Yamauchi Yukio, said: “For the Japanese gang, there is no worse time than it is now.”

Twenty years after the promulgation of the "Communist Group Countermeasures", in 2011, the prefectures and counties also introduced the "Regulations on the Elimination of Violent Groups."

Its essence lies in non-precision, encircled blows. "You are dealing with the underworld, you are anti-social forces."

In these regulations, not only gang members can't open bank accounts, rent houses, enter public baths, but even people who have eaten, gathered, traveled or played golf with members of the gang will be listed in the "contact with the secret" black. List.

Even if it is a home delivery, I dare not send it to the front of the office.

Because the bank account cannot be opened, the children of the gang members can only pay cash to the school for tuition and fees. In this way, everyone knows that the child's father is a gangster.

Even the sixth generation Yamaguchi group leader, Seri, couldn’t help but say in an interview with the Sankei Shimbun: "We are gangsters, but we also live in this country and form part of this society. We not only have parents. And children...but now they are being bullied and discriminated against because of the gang’s father. I know we don’t have human rights, but we don’t have to involve our family.”


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The amendments to the "Defense Group's Countermeasures" have been repeated twice, and in addition to the violent regulations in various places, many companies are afraid to contact the underworld. Compared with the past economic bubble era, the scale of the entire Japanese underworld has now shrunk to the original size. One-twentieth of the.

The golden veins of the underworld are becoming scarcer and can only rely on “unfair” careers to survive – large-scale, in addition to traditional yellow gambling drugs, also use P2P online lending platform, and advanced technology like Bitcoin Conduct fraud.

The small-scale gangster group approach is slightly "shameful". Specifically, it is selling stimulants to minors, or specifically defrauding some "simple old people."


"Now is a good opportunity to wash your hands in the golden basin!?"

There is not much left in the living space, more and more "do not want to bring trouble to the family", "have children", "dissatisfaction with the high meeting fees of the organization", or simply because of the gangs who are unable to support the family in the gang Members choose to leave the organization.

He was the senior gangster of the fourth generation of the team leader, Zhu Zhongzheng, and the president of the “Yilong Club” of the Yamaguchi Group. He also washed his hands in the Golden Bowl in 2005.

The long-term experience of the extremes has made him always worried about those anxious brothers. In 2012, he founded the Wurenhui Association, an organization that sounds like a gangster. It is actually an NPO corporate body that specializes in assisting underworld members and offenders to return to society and re-do people.

"Now is a good time to wash your hands in the golden basin!" Zhu Yuwu believes that in a society where the labor force is seriously inadequate, the original gang members will find it easier to find a job.

But this is not the case – if you are a middle-aged man with no education, only nine fingers, and a tattoo on his shirt, then your employment prospects in Japan will be very dim.

According to the report of the police department, the employment rate of “black-out personnel” is only 2.5%. Because of fear of violence and fear of scaring customers away, 80% of enterprises in Kitakyushu expressed their reluctance to take risks to hire “black-out personnel”.

Even if the blackouts find a job, there are still worrying issues – that is, bullying in the workplace.

Writer Hiroyuki recorded in the book "Underworld and Nursing" a nurse named Hill, who was intimidated by the trainees during the vocational training.

On December 27, 2016, the West Japan News also published an article entitled "The Hard Reality of the Former Gang Members." The article mentioned a former gang member who was introduced to an electrical engineering company by a friend. However, once the company lost spare parts, colleagues have cast doubtful eyes, and even insulted "what criminals can do work" and "faceless things."

After three years of endurance, he finally beat his boss and left the company.


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Three years ago, Yoshida, an old-aged man who hoped that the old-aged did not want to regenerate the incident, withdrew from the gang. However, according to the "five years of the original violence", even if he is separated from the gang, at the legal level, he is still a Taoist person within 5 years.

Not long ago, Yoshida was taken away by the police because he "purchased the mobile phone to the clerk."

There are no black Toyota business cars in the prison, and there are no exhausting cat and mouse games. At this moment, Yoshida, who is handcuffed, is watching his favorite baseball game in the prison stadium under the blue sky and white clouds.

"My body is also under the care of the police officers here. I take medicine regularly and it is getting healthier. But I dare not let my mother know that I am being closed. My mother is 93 years old. When I was in prison, I lied to him that I am going to do business in China. Listen to my child, although her mother is already demented, she still remembers that she has a son who is doing business in China."



Reference article

[1] The paper of the Yamaguchi organization is contained in the "サラリーマンより自マンより的な川柳", Sankei Shimbun

[2] "Restaurant occupation" になったヤクザ, Ito Bomin

[3] Yamaguchi group が 3 split: 変するヤクザのの世界, POWER NEWS

[4] "Forgotten Report: The Japanese Yamaguchi Group is in chaos, then?" 》, Lin Qiwei

[5] "Not just movies - Yamaguchi and the history of Japanese gangsters, Shawnj

[6] "Why is the Japanese gangster not too "black"? 》, Earth Daily

[7] The appearance of the Yamaguchi group's splitting and ruining society, Hirano Kenji

[8] Reasons for violence and dissociation



Photography / Bruce Gilden

Photo courtesy / Visual China

Comprehensive / Zhou Luping

Editor / Jian Xiaojun Zhao Yumeng


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