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'I’m the most famous thug in Saitama!' Japanese kids’ social media beef leads to beating, arrests

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

Social media can be a great way for connecting with people in your community that you share values and interests with. For example, back in October, two junior high school kids in Saitama who became acquainted through social media learned that they both thought of themselves as the most famous thug in the prefecture.

It was a 14-year-old boy who got the ball rolling, posting “I’m the most famous Yankee in Saitama,” using the Japanese slang term for juvenile delinquents. A 15-year-old junior high school girl then replied with, “I’m a more famous Yankee than you are!”

However, Japan has yet to institute an official ranking system for delinquent fame even at the national level, much less prefectural standings. The two self-proclaimed famous delinquents decided to settle the matter by meeting up in person, with each of them bringing a group of supporters with them. It’s unclear what exactly transpired at the meeting, but apparently the girl and her group were outnumbered. Rather than accept this as a sign of her inferior level of Yankee renown, though, on a later date the girl reached out to another acquaintance of hers, a 25-year-old man who is a member of the Sumiyoshi-kai yakuza.

The organized crime syndicate member mobilized a crew, estimated at 28 people strong and requiring six cars. In the predawn hours of October 2, the group then abducted the 14-year-old boy from his home in the town of Kawaguchi and dragged him into a car. Over the next four hours, the boy was driven to three locations, including a riverside and parking lot, where he was punched, kicked, and beaten with a metal pipe, suffering broken ribs, a broken nose, and other injuries which doctors say will take three months to heal.

Police reports say that both male and female perpetrators were involved in the abduction and beatings, and have now arrested 11 people, with those arrested ranging in age from 15 to 25 and including at least one junior high and senior high school student. The identity of the 25-year-old yakuza member has been revealed as one Naoto Oguchi, a personal acquaintance of the 15-year-old girl. However, as the two teens whose social media beef started the whole chain of events are both still minors, their names have not been released to the public, so the ordeal hasn’t really helped with either of their claims to fame.

Sources: NHK News Web, Nitele News via Hachima Kiko, Mainichi Shimbun via Yahoo!

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This is almost like it's straight up from a manga i was reading when i was young. Back in those days, there were so many famous Yankee manga.

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It was a 14-year-old boy who got the ball rolling, posting “I’m the most famous Yankee in Saitama,” using the Japanese slang term for juvenile delinquents. A 15-year-old junior high school girl then replied with, “I’m a more famous Yankee than you are!”

Viral marketing for the Be Bop High School remake.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

And the moral of the story is ‘don’t boast about your reputation online’

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I'm the biggest thug in Saitama

You're 4ft 7 mate.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

Sometimes the old fashioned remedies are the best. A good thrashing would soon wipe the smirk off his stupid face.

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Sorry I'm the biggest thug in Saitama.

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so the ordeal hasn’t really helped with either of their claims to fame

well, they didn’t determine who the biggest yankee was, but they definitely found out who the biggest moron in Saitama was…

 The identity of the 25-year-old yakuza member has been revealed as one Naoto Oguchi

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I just think it's hilarious that the Japanese slang for juvenile delinquent/anti-social yahoo is the word 'Yankee'.

Just shows how Americans' behavior was perceived after 1945.

-9 ( +8 / -17 )

Thats pretty racist... a want to be ganster in Japan is called a Yankee, meaning we westerners are looked upon as bad people....Given the name yankees.

-21 ( +4 / -25 )

Take these Japanese yankees to Comptom to check exactly how tough they think they are.

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Thats pretty racist... a want to be ganster in Japan is called a Yankee, meaning we westerners are looked upon as bad people....

Yankee is at most a nationality, not a race, so it can't be racist, and why would non-American westerners be slighted by this term?

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As ridiculous as this story is.....

''abducted the 14-year-old boy from his home''

That's a pretty serious crime. All of the abductors are facing long prison sentences right....righ!?

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nosuke

Thats pretty racist.

Its Japan.

-14 ( +7 / -21 )

Pathetic !...Send them to the slums of India or Africa or a Brazilian flavela ( ghetto ) for a week and those 25 year olds would be crying to come home never mind the 14 year olds. Wanna be gangsters LOL !

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Currently collecting discount coupons for a package tour to Saitama.

Does it lie on a particularly negative ley line?

Lived next door to chimpira in Chiba.

Constantly polishing their Mercs,friendly chaps.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

From experience I don’t recommend broken ribs but recommend dating yankee chicks. They are hot and don’t play stupid emotional games.

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Yankees is from 'Young kids' not the American Yankees! Surprised people on this site don't know that!

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The origin of the term, Yankee, is even ambiguous in English.

“A Yankee is an American, or more specifically an American from one of the northern states, or even more specifically, a New Englander. The origin of Yankee is uncertain, but the most plausible explanation is that it is a variation on Janke, a diminutive of the Dutch Jan (John). Presumably, the name was reasonably common among Dutch settlers in the Hudson River valley, and from there became attached to anyone from that part of North America. The evidence for this hypothesis is fascinating in its own right, but it is a bit thin, hence the label of plausible. What is clear, is that the epithet Yankee was in common use by the 1760s.”

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“After the chaos of World War II, Japanese society swung back to the country’s stereotypical uniformity. Except for the yankii, who openly rejected the rigidity of societal norms. It was a youth subculture based on rebellion and embracing of class distinctions. And it’s still around today.”

https://timeline.com/yankii-subculture-japan-american-c51808fa2172

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Since when do the Yakuza deal with the statements of a fourteen-year-old on a social network? I think he will have to return his membership card.

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kurisupisu - And the moral of the story is ‘don’t boast about your reputation online’

I would have gone for "Don't be a juvenile delinquent." To each his own.

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spinningplates - That's a pretty serious crime. All of the abductors are facing long prison sentences right....righ!?

Most definitely. With an even longer suspension of that sentence.

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Yankees is from 'Young kids' not the American Yankees! Surprised people on this site don't know that!

I was told that back in the day as well, and even started to post it in this thread, but then as I do, I fact checked myself before posting, and found out it does indeed come from Yankee, and not young kids:

「ヤンキー」とは、本来は北部アメリカ人を意味する俗語 (Yankee) であり、本項目で記述する日本語としての「ヤンキー」もこれが語源である

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%82%AD%E3%83%BC_(%E4%B8%8D%E8%89%AF%E5%B0%91%E5%B9%B4)

I tried searching the other way too, for ヤンキー young kid, and did not come up with any meaningful results. So it does appear to come from Yankee.

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I'm pretty sure that Naoto Oguchi will be reprimanded (in-house) for bringing this unnecessary attention to the Sumiyoshi-kai.

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Morons, every single one of them!

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Everyone's a tough guy. LOL

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I remember this story in elementary school about a kid who boasted about being a 'pirate'. Well, a bunch of them grabbed him and stashed him a closet and he overheard talk about 'hanging, arrrhhhh' and all that jive. The kid Obadiah the Bold 'learned' a lesson here!

Watch what you say.

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