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“Hard Lessons Learned From Tough People”: Jake Adelstein

The seven lessons:

  1. Know the difference between hearing and listening, and learn to listen to people.
  2. Repay the kindness bestowed upon you, keep your code, all is good.
  3. There are no small promises. A man’s promise should weigh more than his life.
  4. It’s okay to be betrayed, just don’t be the betrayer. Betray others and you betray yourself. You won’t be able to trust anyone.
  5. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. You can tell more about a man by his enemies than you can by his friends. A man with no enemies is worthless.
  6. In life we only encounter the injustices we are meant to correct.
  7. If you want to live well you have to die once.

 

 

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Japanese Prosthetic Expert Makes Fake Fingers for Ex-Yakuza Members

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Shintaro Hayashi, a prosthetics maker from Japan, is helping out former members of the Yakuza, or Japanese mob, by creating fake fingers they lost during their life of crime, so they can get normal jobs easier.

The Yakuza organized crime syndicates are renowned for their strict codes of conduct and organized nature. When a member causes serious offenses, he is required to perform a ritual known as “yubitsume”, which implies cutting off his own fingers as a form of atonement. Usually, the left pinkie is the first one to go, but repeated mistakes can cause a sloppy Yakuza to lose several digits.

It becomes a stigma that signifies current or former membership in the Japanese mafia, and those who manage to leave their troubled past behind and become reformed citizens have a hard time finding jobs because of it. Most Yakuza try to conceal their missing fingers in public by keeping a fist, but there comes a time when they can’t hide their defects anymore, and that’s where prosthetics maker Shintaro Hayashi comes in.

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Staged Terrorism, Fukushima Crime Syndicate, Conspiracy Reality

On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin talks to NYU professor and author of ‘Fooled Again’, Mark Crispin Miller about voting fraud, 9/11 and how the term ‘Conspiracy Theory’ shuts down legitimate dialogue and questions. Abby then speaks with Kurt Haskell, Congressional Candidate for Michigan’s 7th District, about his experience on the flight with the Christmas day Underwear Bomber that completely contradicts the government’s narrative. BTS wraps up the show with a look at the intertwined relationship between the Japanese Yakuza crime syndicate and the nuclear energy industry in Japan.

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This Mob Is Big in Japan

Jake Adelstein in the Washington Post:

I have spent most of the past 15 years in the dark side of the rising sun. Until three years ago, I was a crime reporter for the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan’s largest newspaper, and covered a roster of characters that included serial killers who doubled as pet breeders, child pornographers who abducted junior high-school girls, and the John Gotti of Japan.

I came to Japan in 1988 at age 19, spent most of college living in a Zen Buddhist temple, and then became the first U.S. citizen hired as a regular staff writer for a Japanese newspaper in Japanese. If you know anything about Japan, you’ll realize how bizarre this is — a gaijin, or foreigner, covering Japanese cops. When I started the beat in the early 1990s, I knew nothing about the yakuza, a.k.a. the Japanese mafia. But following their prostitution rings and extortion rackets became my life.

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