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(Japan Times)   Yakuza boss / boozer / gambler / Buddhist priest dead at 65 of seven-story fall. His philosophy: "It's easy to give up on the delinquents of the world, but if I give up on them who will make them better people? Who will teach them discipline?"   (japantimes.co.jp) divider line 47
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2013-03-04 06:46:03 PM  
And by discipline, he means his personal army of street thugs.
 
2013-03-04 06:46:05 PM  
Japanese IRS?
 
2013-03-04 06:47:03 PM  
When the ambulance arrived, Inoue told the crew: "I'm fine. Just take me to the hospital. I'll walk to the car myself."

After a 7 story fall? Bad. ASS.
 
2013-03-04 06:48:00 PM  

hardinparamedic: And by discipline, he means his personal army of street thugs.


Good thing you took the time to read the article or your comment would make you look like a farking idiot who didn't even bother to read the article.
 
2013-03-04 06:48:19 PM  
He should have stopped after 6 stories.
 
2013-03-04 06:49:43 PM  

Bender The Offender: hardinparamedic: And by discipline, he means his personal army of street thugs.

Good thing you took the time to read the article or your comment would make you look like a farking idiot who didn't even bother to read the article.


I think he meant philosophic personal army of street thugs.
 
2013-03-04 06:50:12 PM  

hardinparamedic: And by discipline, he means his personal army of street thugs.


Have you never heard of Shaolin? Buddhism has always had a great martial tradition/been used to organize violent thugs.
 
2013-03-04 06:52:45 PM  

Bender The Offender: hardinparamedic: And by discipline, he means his personal army of street thugs.

Good thing you took the time to read the article or your comment would make you look like a farking idiot who didn't even bother to read the article.


FTFA:    At the time of his death, he was the leader of a 150-man group in Shinjuku, and one of the top yakuza in the Inagawa-kai, Japan's third-largest organized crime group.

Yeah. I should be sad that a mob boss died.

I'll play a funeral march for him.

3.bp.blogspot.com

"Noble Gangbangers" are still bangers. And they're not as "noble and nice" as they portray themselves as.

I'll use the example of Pablo Escobar as the quintessential "hero of the people" gangster.
 
2013-03-04 06:55:12 PM  

PonceAlyosha: Have you never heard of Shaolin? Buddhism has always had a great martial tradition/been used to organize violent thugs.


That's China.

www.enchantedlearning.com

Yakuza are Japanese.

geographyblog.eu

It's generally considered bad form and racist to confuse the two. The Chinese don't like the Japanese for good reasons.
 
2013-03-04 06:56:33 PM  
Seven-story "fall"

/FTFY
 
2013-03-04 06:58:49 PM  

uncleacid: He should have stopped after 6 stories.


How very zen.
 
2013-03-04 06:59:52 PM  

uncleacid: He should have stopped after 6 stories.


Actually he intended to fall 8 stories but the ground got in the way.
 
2013-03-04 07:01:07 PM  

CruiserTwelve: uncleacid: He should have stopped after 6 stories.

Actually he intended to fall 8 stories but the ground got in the way.


If he was in America, he'd have been helped by a few nice people who gave him 145 grain lead assistance in the back of the head, too.

I wonder if that power vacuum lasted long.
 
2013-03-04 07:02:03 PM  
Bodhisattva, won't you take me by the hand
Bodhisattva, won't you take me by the hand
Show me
the sparkle of your China
the shine in your Japan
Bodhisattva,
Bodhisattva
 
2013-03-04 07:02:17 PM  

hardinparamedic: Bender The Offender: hardinparamedic: And by discipline, he means his personal army of street thugs.

Good thing you took the time to read the article or your comment would make you look like a farking idiot who didn't even bother to read the article.

FTFA:    At the time of his death, he was the leader of a 150-man group in Shinjuku, and one of the top yakuza in the Inagawa-kai, Japan's third-largest organized crime group.

Yeah. I should be sad that a mob boss died.

I'll play a funeral march for him.



"Noble Gangbangers" are still bangers. And they're not as "noble and nice" as they portray themselves as.

I'll use the example of Pablo Escobar as the quintessential "hero of the people" gangster.


Nuance escapes you.
 
2013-03-04 07:03:10 PM  

hardinparamedic: PonceAlyosha: Have you never heard of Shaolin? Buddhism has always had a great martial tradition/been used to organize violent thugs.

That's China.

[www.enchantedlearning.com image 244x160]

Yakuza are Japanese.

[geographyblog.eu image 416x342]

It's generally considered bad form and racist to confuse the two. The Chinese don't like the Japanese for good reasons.


I'm talking about Buddhism culturally, not nationalities. You are right, it would have been more appropriate to bring up the Buddhist influences on the code of Bushido, but that's complicated by the syncretism with Shinto. The idea the all Buddhism is inherently nonviolent has no precedence, at least  after Emperor Ashoka.
 
2013-03-04 07:17:07 PM  
I tried to search for multiple things in this article. None of them turn up in Google. The yakuza group's wiki page does not list him at all, although it lists a great many other bosses.

The book? no hits.
The yakuza boss? no hits.
the detective? no hits.

the reporter is real according to his wiki page and associated links but don't know if this is actually his.
 
2013-03-04 07:19:14 PM  
I thought that if you were ex-yakuza and a priest you were automatically some sort of kung-fu master?

How come there weren't a bunch of ninja-shaped holes on the 7th floor of this building?

Of course it's true, I saw it in a movie.
 
2013-03-04 07:21:25 PM  

hardinparamedic: Bender The Offender: hardinparamedic: And by discipline, he means his personal army of street thugs.

Good thing you took the time to read the article or your comment would make you look like a farking idiot who didn't even bother to read the article.

FTFA:    At the time of his death, he was the leader of a 150-man group in Shinjuku, and one of the top yakuza in the Inagawa-kai, Japan's third-largest organized crime group.

Yeah. I should be sad that a mob boss died.

I'll play a funeral march for him.

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 550x285]

"Noble Gangbangers" are still bangers. And they're not as "noble and nice" as they portray themselves as.

I'll use the example of Pablo Escobar as the quintessential "hero of the people" gangster.


  I dont know if they still do it..but various Yakuza crews would put banners outside their headquarters...It would be like Chin Gigante having a big flag outside that place in the villa
 
2013-03-04 07:22:07 PM  
I've been doing this for years, giving skills, confidence and tools to kids who have no family. And they still call me a monster.

-kony
 
2013-03-04 07:24:30 PM  

halB: I've been doing this for years, giving skills, confidence and tools to kids who have no family. And they still call me a monster.

-kony


Immoral people usually don't think they're bad, they think they're victims.
 
2013-03-04 07:28:20 PM  
Can't wait for the movie.  I want him played by Beat Takashi.
 
2013-03-04 07:29:19 PM  
cineclap.free.fr

/Impressed
 
2013-03-04 07:32:58 PM  

TomD9938: uncleacid: He should have stopped after 6 stories.

How very zen.



That was zen.  This is dao.
 
2013-03-04 07:35:48 PM  

It is better to be a Bad Buddhist and hold your liquor than to be a Good Buddhist and too full of tea.


Zen Wisdom
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Available from Brantgoose

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Ed.: Shurely, not that old chestnut again?
 
2013-03-04 07:36:06 PM  
Did people keep hearing him say "so far, so good" as he fell?
 
2013-03-04 07:48:03 PM  

Kumana Wanalaia: Bodhisattva, won't you take me by the hand
Bodhisattva, won't you take me by the hand
Show me
the sparkle of your China
the shine in your Japan
Bodhisattva,
Bodhisattva


I swear, I keep hearing that part as 'the sparkle of vagina'.

/also, anyone else think of the Tower social link from Persona 3?
 
2013-03-04 07:50:19 PM  
So, according to this glowing article, he was a crime boss that didn't commit any crimes?  Wouldn't that just make him a boss?
 
2013-03-04 07:51:56 PM  
Inquire within.

Dammit, I need a new computer. The keys are starting to stick on this one and I haven't even spilled ketchup on it again. Come to think of it, that was another keyboard. Maybe all I need is another keyboard.

New keyboard. Had one hidden under my desk. I hate it. It is weird. That's probably why I hid it under my desk. But keyboards are cheap and commodified, which means that they will soon be obsolete, like mouse cords. But I digress.

I don't think being a Buddhist priest and a Yakuza mobster is what they mean when they urge you to have a full life. Must leave this thread. I'm starting to sound like bad imitations of Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy.
 
2013-03-04 08:01:36 PM  

hardinparamedic: PonceAlyosha: Have you never heard of Shaolin? Buddhism has always had a great martial tradition/been used to organize violent thugs.

That's China.

[www.enchantedlearning.com image 244x160]

Yakuza are Japanese.

[geographyblog.eu image 416x342]

It's generally considered bad form and racist to confuse the two. The Chinese don't like the Japanese for good reasons.


What's one massacre between friends? The US is great friends with most of the people we have bombed to shiat. Germany, France, Italy, Japan, and hell we even have a better than one would expect relationship with Vietnam. People do horrible things in war. You can either continue to act like a biatch about it which leads to further conflict or get over it. Most of that generation is now dead and the few crazies that think it never happened don't get much credibility.
 
2013-03-04 08:04:53 PM  

Xythero: So, according to this glowing article, he was a crime boss that didn't commit any crimes?  Wouldn't that just make him a boss?


Yeah, that's what I'm not getting either. I'm sure there is much I don't understand about the whole thing, but isn't Yakuza inherently an underground mafia organization making money illegally? If everything he was doing was legal, how could he technically be Yakuza?
 
2013-03-04 08:11:46 PM  
He must have been going about 65 when he hit.
 
2013-03-04 08:12:58 PM  

ActionJoe: Most of that generation is now dead and the few crazies that think it never happened don't get much credibility.


Actually, no. The Diet still doesn't acknowledge Japan's brutality during the war, and does not allow it to be taught in their schools. It's a very big point of contention between the two nations.
 
2013-03-04 08:41:56 PM  
Approves...

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2013-03-04 08:49:01 PM  
The Rabbi was OK with being a man of god and a gangster.
 
2013-03-04 08:53:33 PM  
ulrichdesign.ca

/Not a too-mah
 
2013-03-04 09:15:35 PM  
one would not have to work very hard massaging that article to create a movie script Quentin Tarantino would drool over.
 
2013-03-04 10:47:16 PM  
If he had remembered Zeno's dichotomy paradox, he would have never hit the ground.
 
2013-03-04 11:01:31 PM  
THE NOBLE EIGHT FOLD PATH TO THE CONCRETE, biatch.
 
2013-03-04 11:29:56 PM  

Corn_Fed: Xythero: So, according to this glowing article, he was a crime boss that didn't commit any crimes?  Wouldn't that just make him a boss?

Yeah, that's what I'm not getting either. I'm sure there is much I don't understand about the whole thing, but isn't Yakuza inherently an underground mafia organization making money illegally? If everything he was doing was legal, how could he technically be Yakuza?


That he wasn't engaged in fraud, extortion or bid-rigging doesn't mean he was making money legally. You need to use your imagination, Corn_Fed san, and think outside the box. Bribes, collusion, undue influence, insider trading, and other methods of making money are just as illegal as overt thuggery, but don't actually hurt people. I suspect that's what this writer is saying. Compare John Gotti's tactics with Bernie Madoff's, for instance.
 
2013-03-04 11:36:45 PM  
RIP
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/guess it wasn't the final boss fight since he wasn't on the roof when he fell
 
2013-03-04 11:39:37 PM  

duenor: I tried to search for multiple things in this article. None of them turn up in Google. The yakuza group's wiki page does not list him at all, although it lists a great many other bosses.

The book? no hits.
The yakuza boss? no hits.
the detective? no hits.

the reporter is real according to his wiki page and associated links but don't know if this is actually his.


I found:
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://tvnews.un it ymedia.de/heute%3Faid%3D270507&prev=/search%3Fq%3DTakahiko%2BInoue%2By akuza%26start%3D10%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26biw%3D1158%26bih%3D572&sa=X&ei =tHU1UYqzFIb_yQHg-oG4AQ&ved=0CDQQ7gEwADgK
That seems like a vague corroboration. I suspect that if I could google in japanese or german (oddly) I might find more.
 
2013-03-05 12:11:59 AM  
The police determined that he fell from the seventh story of the building where his office was located. When the ambulance arrived, Inoue told the crew: "I'm fine. Just take me to the hospital. I'll walk to the car myself."

i.imgur.com

"That's some Spiderman shiat there."
 
2013-03-05 02:15:01 AM  

Xythero: So, according to this glowing article, he was a crime boss that didn't commit any crimes?  Wouldn't that just make him a boss?


He certainly went out like one.
 
2013-03-05 06:53:29 AM  

shkkmo: duenor: I tried to search for multiple things in this article. None of them turn up in Google. The yakuza group's wiki page does not list him at all, although it lists a great many other bosses.

The book? no hits.
The yakuza boss? no hits.
the detective? no hits.

the reporter is real according to his wiki page and associated links but don't know if this is actually his.

I found:
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://tvnews.un it ymedia.de/heute%3Faid%3D270507&prev=/search%3Fq%3DTakahiko%2BInoue%2By akuza%26start%3D10%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26biw%3D1158%26bih%3D572&sa=X&ei =tHU1UYqzFIb_yQHg-oG4AQ&ved=0CDQQ7gEwADgK
That seems like a vague corroboration. I suspect that if I could google in japanese or german (oddly) I might find more.


The article was linked on his Twitter, so I'm guessing he wrote it.

He wrote a lot more about this boss in his book, "Tokyo Vice"

And, if you speak Japanese, here's the obit he wrote (posted on his mainly English website).
 
2013-03-05 07:36:38 AM  
If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.
 
2013-03-05 08:57:40 AM  
<i>"It's easy to give up on the delinquents of the world, but if I give up on them who will make them better people? Who will teach them discipline?" </i>

Said a drinking priest.
 
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