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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-28-05 11:25 PM
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74. Yakuza Doodle Dandy
NAZI Mobster Do-or-Die.

Yakuza Doodle Dandies

Vampire Bats in the American Belfry


As Sterling and Peggy Seagrave make clear, the ruling family of Japan has always been governed by others more powerful than themselves. The emperor and imperial family are figureheads used to conceal from the public the real power brokers who lurk behind the "black curtain." These are the family owned and managed businesses or Zaibatsu that include such trans-national corporations as Mitsubishi, Mitsui and Sumitomo amongst others.

The authors say this corporate power has grown stronger, not weaker, and that the "postwar financial cliques share power with nobody. Not with the emperor, who is only a magic wand, and not with elected politicians, who are only hand-puppets. Financial cliques are the most powerful forces in modern Japan." Moreover, Japan's post-war business structure is unlike any other modern industrial society for the simple reason that organised crime are openly factored into it.

Hence the zaibatsu include not only "financiers, bankers and heads of corporations, but underworld bosses" - the so-called Yakuza crime clans.

The financial elite maintain their positions of power by paying bribes. In the same way that Japanese society is regidly structured in certain key way, it should come as no surprise that political bribery and large scale corruption are also disciplined art-forms.

Political bribes are paid in "Bullets" with each shot amounting to 100 million Yen, equivalent to US$800,000. This enables the most powerful families to govern from a position of invisibility - a feature that had dominated the thoughts of Japan's ruling elite throughout recent history....


Bullets, see.
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