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28 Fukuoka bars get threatening phone calls in one night

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Police in Fukuoka said Sunday that 28 bars in the Nakasu district received threatening phone calls on Saturday night. All of the bars have stickers on their doors or windows, saying that gang members are not welcome.

According to police, the phone calls were made between 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Fuji TV reported.

The threats follow a series of attacks earlier this month in Kitakyushu, where there have been five incidents involving attacks on bars and bar employees. In all cases, the bars had posted stickers warning gangsters not to come in.

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Gee, anyone care to take a wild guess who's making the calls...? They are the 10000-Pound Elephant in the room.

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Everyone knows that the cops are not going to do anything until somebody either gets hurt or worse.

I hope that the cops read their manuals and find that extortion is a crime.

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This reminds me of that Youtube video with the criminal telling the judge that if she doesn't free him, he'll kill her.

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So this is not going anywhere for anyone. Thise gangster groups or chimpira groups should look for new places to party. What's wrong with enjoying a nice BBQ and some beers amongst friends? N--o-- , they want to be amongst riffraff talking about stuff that don't matter, and looking tough (when they are cowards), and riding their loud ugly cars around town waving their brown or golden tinted hair. It's gross and pathetic. They just get a make over, apologize and start all over. These guys stick out like sore thumbs. CharaCharaFuglies

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The Yakuza is NOT going to win this. Those scumbags need to learn what to do and what not to do.

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in this day and age police STILL can't trace phone calls to a person? What is this 1965?

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Well they use the latest HD camcorders to record ALL questioning and on the desk is a 1965 green rotary phone. I know... I have seen this. Yaks/Chimps move more west every year btw...

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Poor babies! Nobody wants to play with the yakuza scum no more??

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"gang members are not welcome"

What about other people with tattoos?

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just for the sake of argument, can these establishments really ban certain groups from entering? isn't this the same as the "foreigners are not welcome" signs? as despicable as the yak are, they have a right to eat and drink where they please.

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They shud band together & go down & torch the yaks HQ! Clearly the keystones aint going to do much of anything

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Now this was worth the read for the amusement factor alone, and I am not talking about the article. I am talking about the comments, These are not high level Yakuza disgruntled because they aren't allowed into their local snacks or lounges, these are Chimpira and they make a name for themselves by acting in this way, They are not afraid of bar owners or the police and would love the chance to meet all of the anonymous commentators face to face.

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I support the establishments decision to take a stand and be brave enough to put up such a sign. I wouldn't want gangsters using my bar as a hangout, possibly scaring away regular or potential customers.

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The chimpira are very hard-working and thorough.

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Don't understand the point of these signs. How do you know who's a gangster and who isn't? Tatoos are popular with all kind of folk now. Surly-looking men in sunglasses and dark suits are everywhere. If I don't say "I belong to the Yakuza," who's to know?

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I knew an Aussie who used to run a bar in Kobe, right in the middle of a gangster district. If any guy came in missing the top part of his finger he was immediately shown the door. This solution seemed to work OK.

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@ luca missing digits are a sure sign.

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If I don't say "I belong to the Yakuza," who's to know?

Actually an extremely valid point, because the law in Japan states that once someone ( whether they are wearing dark suits, shades , have tatoos or look like a slaryman ) tells you they are Yakuza they have commited a crime and can be arrested.

Good| Bad AyeshaOct. 22, 2012 - 10:49AM JST

I knew an Aussie who used to run a bar in Kobe, right in the middle of a gangster district.

Maybe I know him , Maybe it was me...

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To whoever gave me minus one above, you have to learn to read what is not said, not just what is... (hint, it was a comment on the Fukuoka police).

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It's a criminal town. I was there about 6 or 7 years ago for a couple nights. I am pretty good at finding trouble and it's easy to find in Kitakyushu. I lost 200,000 yen on a scam by a taxi company, got ruffed up by locals, then got in a fight with who knows how many... and ended up in a local hospital. The police came to ask questions, but I had memory loss. After that trip I decided to get married.

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bars doesnt care who and who's after all business first.

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they need a dedicated gokudou shokudou.

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all4fajOCT. 22, 2012 - 09:53AM JST They are not afraid of bar owners or the police and would love the chance to meet all of the anonymous commentators face to face.

Of course they are not afraid of the Poleece. When was the last time you saw cops running these loosers of the road on their bikes ? Rarely because the public cries a stink about "human rights violations" every time the cops will use heavy handed tactics on them.

These fools haven't had a taste of some overseas cops who really like to scuffle and break a bone or two while at it. Even back home in my land, i guarantee nobody will play this shenanigan games with the local cops. They gonna get what's coming. old school beating.

As for the part about "chance to meet all of the anonymous commentators face to face"

Yes of course - Only when they are in a group of 10 and more with bats and hidden knives, they'd love to meet face to face. meet them every time and they be in groups of 5, 6 acting tough macho. Am ready to tango but always no takers.

cowards always roam in packs - because they are too weak to go at anything alone in life.

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Not sure it's a smart idea to put such a sign on an establishment. That's just inviting trouble.

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I see a business opportunity here! Why not open a bar JUST FOR THE YAKUZA! Of course you couldn't only admit just Yakuza or you'd be breaking some laws for sure, but you could make it a standing policy to welcome ALL guests. Missing a finger, no problem! Is most of your body covered in ink artwork? No problem, we're having a tattoo of the week contest every Friday and Saturday Night!

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I'm having visions of a bunch of mullet, orange hair, bad suits, all smoking complaining that no var will let them in. Smart guys, call and threaten. That'll make people like you.

Then again, how do clubs tell who is a gangster and who isn't? Oh right, tats and the like....

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Notes; "as despicable as the yak are, they have a right to eat and drink where they please." No one has that right. Why should the Yakuza have it? "What about other people with tattoos?" What about them? All the looks of a Yakuza and none of the power? Looks like a duck, quacks like a duck...it wants to bwe a duck... "Not sure it's a smart idea to put such a sign on an establishment. That's just inviting trouble." Or is it inviting people who don't want oto have their heads or their GF hit on by Yakuza thugs? Seems more like it is Not Inviting Trouble.

Southsakai...you know it!

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Yup! I think SouthSakai is on to something ! We should not forget about good old police CORRUPTION!!!!!

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They should send a dozen Strathclyde Police officers to Nakasu... these guys are hard, used to violent gangs and other bad buggers... and tackle them unarmed. Yaks and Chimpira losers wouldn't stand a chance!

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Mr. Ronald F Stark has the right idea... Why not open a bar JUST FOR THE YAKUZA! (Well, that is kind of exclusionary. I propose that the facility be open to all who dare to go there.)

There is an opportunity here to get people with tattoos, strange haircuts, with, uh, missing pieces of digits, and deplorable fashion sense together in a big onsen in an industrial section of town and to let them party and spend their money on sake, pachinko, cards, karaoke, on their friends and, uh, partners in a love hotel, and, if they get too drunk and can't make it home, in a tube hotel.

Just give them the key to a secure and confidential locker, collect an hourly fee for their enjoyment, stamp their wrist with a symbol for when they should leave, and their locker number, and the rest of their time let them, men and women, wander about the facility, wearing a towel or in the altogether, getting as rowdy as they feel like (but without any weapons, and without any clothes. :-)

Debauchery without much risk. (Except for social diseases. [If that is their want, they can present health cards and get that symbol out on their wrist too.])

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I could be wrong.... but do you think they're trying to keep the Yakuza out mainly to stop them from Extorting Protection money. I doubt its all about them having a place to drink??????

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There are nearly 3000 drinking places in Nakasu alone. Wonder how many of them are actually holding up these signs as opposed to those who aren't.

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These Yaks are finally getting a taste of what happens when society decides that they will not take their shit anymore. It is about time. This is not post World War II anymore where the Police depended on these bad boys to prevent themselves from receiving a bad name. It is time to move towards a new era and put foot to ass in the name of all that is good. I commend the Fukuoka Prefecture Police for finally finding their NUTZ and making these asshats behave themselves.

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Decimate the yakuza.

Bravo to these bar owners for trying to run their entertainment businesses free from organized crime sociopaths.

Next time some yakuza punk bothers me I'm going to punch their lights out.

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Alright, a late night, nightcap influenced comment...

It's not usually wise to fight fire with fire.

But it is nice to be able to go to a bar and not have to be concerned whether or not organized crime punks are going to be out looking for victims.

Decimate the yakuza.

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Hi South Sakai Of course they are not afraid of the Poleece

Have you not forgotten that a great deal of Japan is image alone? Have you seen the prisons in Japan? They rate with Amnesty international as having some of the toughest and worst conditions in the world, Do you know who the largest % of inmates residing in them come from? They are Yakuza, Chimpira , Bosozoku , They were put in there by the J cops. Have you ever been inside an actual police station away from public view with a bunch of J cops, Have you seen the way they interogate prisoners? Do you know why most of Japan's convictions are solved by confessions?

and as for these thugs are only tough because they are in groups you are 100% correct, but they are in groups so isn't that point kind of mute

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