Even Japan's Infamous Mafia Groups Are Helping With The Relief Effort

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    M possible-san posted Wed, 23 Mar 2011 21:34:00 GMT(3/23/2011)

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    Even Japan's Infamous Mafia Groups Are Helping With The Relief Efforthttp://www.businessinsider.com/japan-yakuza-mafia-aid-earthquake-tsunami-rescue-efforts-2011-3

    In Japan, even Japanese gangs/mafia have helped disaster victims now.

    However, since Jehovah's Witnesses open to the public neither Kingdom halls nor other halls, their reputation is bad.
    http://dailycult.blogspot.com/2011/03/blog-post_13.html
    http://detail.chiebukuro.yahoo.co.jp/qa/question_detail/q1457595804

    Their love is limited.

    Why are the Japanese gangs/mafia better than Jehovah's Witnesses (God's Organization)?

    possible

    Murray Smith posted Wed, 23 Mar 2011 21:38:00 GMT(3/23/2011)

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    Perhaps they worship a more loving God?

    M possible-san posted Wed, 23 Mar 2011 22:04:00 GMT(3/23/2011)

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    Murray Smith.

    Yeah.
    God's love is limited for only their followers.

    This time, was mafia's love larger than God's love/agape?

    possible

    Murray Smith posted Wed, 23 Mar 2011 22:21:00 GMT(3/23/2011)

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    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha . . . Don't you just love that second illust. . . . that cross on the steeple is . . . outa here!

    M possible-san posted Wed, 23 Mar 2011 23:34:00 GMT(3/23/2011)

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    Probably, the Governing Body of JW would look at such an image and would smile in glee.
    They are bad guys.

    (February 22, 2011, Christchurch in New Zealand)

    http://www.asahi.com/national/update/0224/OSK201102240096.html

    possible

    Murray Smith posted Wed, 23 Mar 2011 23:39:00 GMT(3/23/2011)

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    Hey possible . . . did you know I am from Christchurch? . . . or is that post a random coincidence? . . . it seems we have some shared experiences of late . . . how are the aftershocks treating you? . . . things settling down?

    MrFreeze posted Wed, 23 Mar 2011 23:54:00 GMT(3/23/2011)

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    The one thing about mafia groups is that if you aren't hounding in on their business, they are very helpful.

    M possible-san posted Thu, 24 Mar 2011 00:04:00 GMT(3/24/2011)

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    Murray Smith.

    did you know I am from Christchurch?

    I didn't know.
    Therefore, that is a strange coincidence.

    Well, aftershocks occur almost every day.
    Also while I was writing this, aftershock occurred.
    Our heart is not relieved.

    Furthermore, since the nuclear power station in Fukushima broke, the place in which I live has also been polluted by radioactivity.
    Currently, Japanese babies cannot drink city water.

    possible

    Murray Smith posted Thu, 24 Mar 2011 00:53:00 GMT(3/24/2011)

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    Possible . . . my heart goes out to you and your loved ones,friends, and countrymen . . . I have learned painfully that an Earthquake is much more than just an event . . . the aftershocks just seem to wind the clock back to zero each time they come . . . as a family the last six months have taken a toll on us all psychologically . . . my eldest son has been relocated to the North Island for his health . . . and we are just getting through one day at a time. Lost friends . . . unable to grieve normally . . . it is just hell.

    The radioactivity threat must be very frightening for you . . . I can't imagine.

    Possible . . . be on guard for mental health/stress/anxiety problems in the days ahead . . . for yourself and those around you . . . life will not be easy for some time I have to tell you.

    Your response to this tragedy as a people, has fostered great admiration for the Japanese people as far as I'm concerned . . . you can and should be proud of that.

    I sincerely wish you the very best of outcomes in the days ahead. I will PM you soon so we can keep in touch perhaps?

    Luvonyall - MS

    Broken Promises posted Thu, 24 Mar 2011 03:17:00 GMT(3/24/2011)

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    Hugs to both Murray and Possible San

    Strange how we have two different countries, two different cultures yet you are experiencing the same horrors...

    Stay strong, both of you

    Retrovirus posted Thu, 24 Mar 2011 04:06:00 GMT(3/24/2011)

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    Possible-San,

    I'm donating all I can to Red Cross through my work, which will match all staff donations. I'm thinking of all the Japanese people and their bravery and edurance.

    That the JWs will not open their kingdom Halls to those in need is a very sad reflection on a religious group supposed to be known as having so much more love among them than us worldly ones.

    (And Sizemik, we donated to Christchurch also).

    Hope you are both keeping well and strong in these hard times.

    Retro

    Refriedtruth posted Thu, 24 Mar 2011 06:44:00 GMT(3/24/2011)

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    The Watchtower propaganda on purported Hurricane Katrina rebuilds is an urban legend in the Kingdom Hall tall tale telling.
    FACT: A handful of homes were done for Jehovah's Witnesses members only,by free JW volunteer labor and the Watchtower people 'accepted' the insurance money as 'donations'
    The Jehovah's Witnesses have no other public charities and blow their trumpet over these disaster relief teams. (Matthew 6:2}
    They also have been known to 'accept' insurance money that goes to the their church as 'donations'.

    Just the facts.
    http://www.jehovahs-witness.net/jw/friends/98212/1/Question-about-the-JW-Hurricane-Katrina-Reliefans ALL ABOUT KATRINA

    the-illuminator81 posted Thu, 24 Mar 2011 08:48:00 GMT(3/24/2011)

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    Since we can identify christians by the brotherly love they spread, evidently Jesus chose the Yakuza in 1919 as his faithful and discreet slave.

    nancy drew posted Thu, 24 Mar 2011 13:28:00 GMT(3/24/2011)

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    It's very interesting that the normal human reaction during a crisis is to come to the aid of those in trouble. Even criminals will display this feeling, no one condones their criminal activities but their humanitarian help is a sign that deep inside they have fellow feeling.

    What is so dangerous about jw's is the organization is systematically destroying the qualities that are normal in most humans and replacing them with a cold uncaring quality for humanity so they will be accepting of a massive slaughter of billions.

    M glenster posted Sun, 27 Mar 2011 12:54:00 GMT(3/27/2011)

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    Much of the current activities of the yakuza can be understood in the light of
    their feudal origin. First, they are not a secret society like their counter-
    parts of the Italian mafia and Chinese triads. Yakuza organizations often have
    an office with a wooden board on the front door, openly displaying their group
    name or emblem.

    Members often wear sunglasses and colourful suits so that their profession can
    be immediately recognized by civilians (katagi). Even the way many Yakuza walk
    is different from ordinary citizens. Their wide gait is markedly different from
    the unassuming way many Japanese prefer to adopt. Alternatively, Yakuza can dress
    more conservatively and flash their tattoos to indicate their affiliation when
    the need arises. On occasion, they also sport insignia pins on their lapels. One
    Yakuza family[which?] even printed a monthly newsletter with details on prisons,
    weddings, funerals, murders, and poems by leaders.

    Until recently, the majority of Yakuza income came from protection rackets in
    shopping, entertainment and red-light districts within their territory. This is
    mainly due to the reluctance of such businesses to seek help from the police.
    The Japanese police are also reluctant to interfere in internal matters in
    recognized communities such as shopping arcades, schools/universities, night
    districts and so on.

    In this sense, yakuza are still regarded as semi-legitimate organizations. For
    example, immediately after the Kobe earthquake, the Yamaguchi-gumi, whose head-
    quarters are in Kobe, mobilized itself to provide disaster relief services
    (including the use of a helicopter), and this was widely reported by the media
    as a contrast to the much slower response by the Japanese government. The yakuza
    repeated their aid after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, with groups
    opening their offices to refugees and sending dozens of trucks with supplies to
    affected areas. For this reason, many Yakuza regard their income and hustle
    (shinogi) as a collection of a feudal tax.

    Yakuza are heavily involved in sex-related industries, such as smuggling un-
    censored pornography from Europe and America into Japan (as the local porno-
    graphy is censored in ways Western pornography is not). They also control large
    prostitution rings throughout the country. In China, where the law restricts the
    number of children per household and the cultural preference is for boys, the
    yakuza can buy unwanted girls for as little as $5,000 and put them to work in
    the mizu shobai, which means water trade and refers to the night entertainment
    business, in yakuza-controlled bars, nightclubs and restaurants.

    The Philippines is another source of young women. Yakuza trick girls from
    impoverished villages into coming to Japan, where they are promised respectable
    jobs with good wages. Instead, they are forced into becoming prostitutes and
    strippers.

    Yakuza frequently engage in a uniquely Japanese form of extortion, known as
    sokaiya (???). In essence, this is a specialized form of protection racket.
    Instead of harassing small businesses, the yakuza harasses a stockholders'
    meeting of a larger corporation. They simply scare the ordinary stockholder with
    the presence of yakuza operatives, who obtain the right to attend the meeting by
    a small purchase of stock.

    They also engage in simple blackmail, obtaining incriminating or embarrassing
    information about a company's practices or leaders. Once the yakuza gain a
    foothold in these companies, they will work for them to protect the company from
    having such internal scandals exposed to the public. Some companies still
    include payoffs as part of their annual budget.

    The Yakuza have a strong influence in Japanese professional wrestling, or
    puroresu. Most of their interest in wrestling activities and promotions is
    purely financial. The Yakuza have mostly gotten involved by financially
    supporting wrestling promotions with fading fortunes, or simple business loans.
    Many venues used by wrestling are connected to the Yakuza, and as such, when a
    promotion uses one of their sites, the Yakuza receive a percentage of the gate.
    The Yakuza as a whole is regarded as a great supporter of both puroresu and MMA.
    It's not unusual for wrestlers to receive specific instructions on what to do in
    their matches so as to appeal just to Yakuza members in the crowd. It is thought
    in Japan that it is safe to say that none of the large wrestling promotions in
    Japan would fold, because they would be rescued by the Yakuza.

    The pioneer of wrestling in Japan, Rikidozan, was killed by the Yakuza.
    Former WWE wrestler Yoshihiro Tajiri was asked to start a Yakuza gimmick, an
    offer he quickly refused, fearing that he would be targeted by the real Yakuza.
    Professional wrestler Yoshiaki Fujiwara is often referred to as Kumicho (i.e.,
    "Godfather") and his wrestling promotion was called the Pro Wrestling Fujiwara
    Gumi. He often portrays Yakuza figures as an actor on Japanese television.

    Yakuza also have ties to the Japanese realty market and banking, through
    jiageya (????). Jiageya specialize in inducing holders of small real estate to
    sell their property so that estate companies can carry out much larger
    development plans. Japan's bubble economy of the 1980s is often blamed on real
    estate speculation by banking subsidiaries. After the collapse of the Japanese
    property bubble, a manager of a major bank in Nagoya was assassinated, and much
    speculation ensued about the banking industry's indirect connection to the
    Japanese underworld.

    Yakuza often take part in local festivals such as Sanja Matsuri where they often
    carry the shrine through the streets proudly showing off their elaborate tattoos.
    Yakuza have been known to make large investments in legitimate, mainstream
    companies. In 1989, Susumu Ishii, the Oyabun of the Inagawa-kai (a well known
    Yakuza group) bought US$ 255 million worth of Tokyo Kyuko Electric Railway's
    stock.[12] Japan's Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission has knowledge
    of more than 50 listed companies with ties to organized crime, and in March 2008,
    the Osaka Securities Exchange decided to review all listed companies and expel
    those with Yakuza ties.

    As a matter of principle, theft is not recognised as a legitimate activity of
    yakuza. This is in line with the idea that their activities are semi-open; theft
    by definition would be a covert activity. More importantly, such an act would be
    considered a trespass by the community. Also, yakuza usually do not conduct the
    actual business operation by themselves. Core business activities such as
    merchandising, loan sharking or management of gambling houses are typically
    managed by non-yakuza members who pay protection fees for their activities.

    There is much evidence of Yakuza involvement in international crime. There are
    many tattooed Yakuza members imprisoned in various Asian prisons for such crimes
    as drug trafficking and arms smuggling. In 1997, one verified Yakuza member was
    caught smuggling 4 kilograms (8.82 pounds) of heroin into Canada.

    In 1999, Italian-American Mafia Bonanno family member, Mickey Zaffarano, was
    overheard talking about the profits of the pornography trade that both families
    could profit from.[14] Another Yakuza racket is bringing women of other
    ethnicities/races, especially East European[14] and Asian[14] to Japan under the
    lure of a glamorous position, then forcing the women into prostitution.

    Because of their history as a legitimate feudal organization and their
    connection to the Japanese political system through the uyoku (extreme right-
    wing political groups), yakuza are somewhat a part of the Japanese establishment,
    with six fan magazines reporting on their activities. One study found that one
    in ten adults under the age of 40 believed that the yakuza should be allowed to
    exist.[10]. In the early 1980s in Fukuoka, a yakuza war spiraled out of control
    and a few civilians were hurt. The police stepped in and forced the yakuza
    bosses on both sides to declare a truce in public.

    At various times, people in Japanese cities have launched anti-yakuza campaigns
    with mixed and varied success. In March 1995, the Japanese government passed the
    Act for Prevention of Unlawful Activities by Criminal Gang Members which made
    traditional racketeering much more difficult. Beginning in 2009, led by agency
    chief Takaharu Ando, Japanese police began to crack down on the gangs. Kodokai
    chief Kiyoshi Takayama was arrested in late 2010. In December 2010, police
    arrested Yamaguchi-gumi's alleged number three leader, Tadashi Irie. According
    to the media, encouraged by tougher anti-yakuza laws and legislation, local
    governments and construction companies have begun to shun or ban yakuza activi-
    ties or involvement in their communities or construction projects. The
    police are handicapped, however, by Japan's lack of an equivalent to plea bar-
    gaining, witness protection, or the United States' RICO Act.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakuza#Japan

    Mad Sweeney posted Sun, 27 Mar 2011 13:31:00 GMT(3/27/2011)

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    Possible, I have always had much respect for you and and the Japanese people and culture. The positive, kind, loving behavior in the aftermath of the earthquake has been a witness and testament to humanity.

    We are growing up as a human race. I have great hopes that within my lifetime, within the next half-century, we will see a peace and unity on this planet that has never been seen before.

    F LongHairGal posted Sun, 27 Mar 2011 15:09:00 GMT(3/27/2011)

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    THE ILLUMINATOR & NANCY DREW: Sarcastically speaking, it certainly would appear Jehovah chose the Yakuza as the faithful slave. They certainly do put JWs to shame! Them and their superficial, phony 'caring' for people can go to hell. Nancy Drew you are right that the JWs coldness towards the rest of the human race is to get them ready for the big slaughter. The scripture "let your eye feel no pity.." aptly describes their REAL attitude towards the human race.

    wasblind posted Sun, 27 Mar 2011 15:34:00 GMT(3/27/2011)

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    JW's are taught to hate what Jehovah hates, and they say they do the preaching work

    because Jehovah hates to see anyone destroyed. But yet, they have illustrations of smiling

    JW's when people are dying during the big "A".

    Even though they claim that those left behind had a chance a didn't take it, is the loss of life

    something to smile about ?

    Are JW's smiling about the loss of life in Japan? is it that darn funny ?

    It's unatural to be joyous at a time like this JW's are a sick bunch

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