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Posted in: Tokyo to pay nightclubs to close as virus cases surge See in context

A lot of these clubs are owned by Yakuza but that doesn't mean all of them are.

Actually, Kabukeicho is pretty much a Chinese town for a while now. Chinese triads today hire Yakuzas as their muscles for cheap. Chinese is pretty much behind most of the hospitality service to entertainment service in Japan, nowadays.

Yakuza is in its weakest position ever.

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Posted in: In Tokyo, a temple offers pandemic-hit Vietnamese workers a safe haven See in context

I have long monitored on the topic of Vietnamese foreign labor. Chinese and Vietnamese workers are the most populous ones in Japan but they all face worker exploitation as everyone else. The reason is the declining economy for decades has made Japanese businesses increasingly unprofitable. Shinzo Abe hasn't done much to reverse the trend, and we have a report that 40% of SMEs may go bankrupt during Covid Depression.

Vietnam and Japan have become very cordial in recent years. Shinzo Abe has waived many barriers and added certain privileges for Vietnamese workers in Japan. He has even allowed Vietnamese to enter the white collar workforce in masses. Taking positions among the Japanese. The nursing industry is a prime example of suchs, as Vietnamese scores higher than Japanese in the examination and earns an equal salary to Japanese natives.

Unfortunately, Japan seems to make it harder for foreign workers to stay, along with the declining economy of Japan. Most Vietnamese workers do not see Japan as a golden goose anymore. Many of them now prefer to work at their home country due to the manufacturing boom and prosperous domestic economy. They can make the same amount in Vietnamese industrial zones rather than working in Japan. Many of them learn Japanese, Korean and Chinese to facilitate international trades in Vietnam rather than seeking works outside. For those people who are ambitious for quick rich, they now seek international employments in Europe and USA instead. With the EVFTA and rising cordial relations of US-Vietnam, it is expected that those entities will relax labor laws to accommodate Vietnamese workers. Like H-1B or EU work visa. However, there are people who take more shady path of illegal immigration to work underground and obtain permanent residency after a certain year. Whatever the case, Japan and South Korea have become increasingly undesirable for Vietnamese workers.

30k yen a month is is that even enough for survival?

Well, a lot of old, far right people, who operate black vans, make the same amount. And they still prosper to spread xenophobic rhetorics across Japan.

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Posted in: Koike faces 21 challengers as Tokyo votes for governor amid pandemic See in context

They hope to see the end of the middle class in Japan.

It is fast disappearing............the elites don't give 2 jots for the run of mill people.

Japan's middle class had already died in the 1990s. Very few people here consider as true middle class in the American or European style. Even the upper middle class and wealthy class are feeling the crushing rock from tax hike and stagnant economy. Most of them have either fled Japan or planning to flee Japan. I personally met a Japanese couple, who descended from a line of noble samurai, sold their real estate business in Japan to make a new life in California. They not only enjoyed their new life greatly among Asian American communities but they fervently hate the J-govt bureaucracy. The primary reason is the crushing inheritance tax and other types of taxes; of course, there is also the stagnant economy.

The problem gets so bad that CNBC had an article on the issue. It finally gets an international recognition after less than a decade of "Nihonjiron" propaganda from J-govt and LDP cronies.

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Posted in: Shinjuku hoods bloody scouts on Kabukicho's deserted streets See in context


Given that it is near identical in points and the user posts mainly on Japanese and Vietnamese issues, I imagine that you authored both.

Actually no, I picked up the idea from this guy. His idea is very entertaining, and I look into Tokyo Reporter and other Japanese newspapers to testify his ideas. It seems that many people neglect the rising prominence of Vietnamese criminal enterprises. Most foreign theft in Japan are authored by the Vietnamese nowadays, and even Yakuza can't compete against these people.

He is like a Vietnamese who knew someone living in Japan. Vietnamese is now the third largest foreign population in Japan, and soon they will be number one. It isn't hard for a Vietnamese to know their relatives in Japan.

Vietnamese is among the most active people on the Internet, so it is not hard for me to find one of my kind. Like Chinese, Vietnamese is present almost everywhere in the world. Thanks to three Indochinese Wars.

Given that you appear to be the internet's sole resource on this, do you mind sharing where you get this information from?

I am a Vietnamese American who lives close to my own community. The source of Vietnamese rapid rising towards the middle class, upper middle class and even elite level in the West is through first years of doing criminal enterprises for the Chinese. My parents left Vietnam in the 1990s due to economic hardships, and they gradually built their wealth through operating a restaurant soon expanding their business into nail salons and jewelry shops. They are very successful and enjoying an upper middle class status. Now, they are investing in Vietnam and regularly going back between US and Vietnam. I realized that they found their successes through working with Chinese triads who were very kind towards Vietnamese. These triads operate in the legal, grey areas so my parent's works aren't that illegal. After creating enough successes, they break from the triads but still have a good relations with the boss' family who regards them as comrades. In my parent's circle of upper middle class to wealthy Vietnamese elites, everyone there is still working with organized crimes one way to another. Nowadays, Vietnamese syndicates are gaining an equal significance, so these people won't have to go with Chinese triads during the early years of Vietnamese immigrant hardships. I also learned that Vietnamese syndicates have state support from the VCP, similar to the CCP with Chinese triads. I am very neutral on the politics of Vietnam, so I don't hate the VCP but I commend their efforts were excellent of turning Vietnam into a successful country today.

Applying the knowledge that I learned among Western Vietnamese communities, I found the same thing is true with Vietnamese in Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. Most of these shadowy stuffs aren't popular knowledge, and very secretive. I am fascinated with the world of Asian organized crimes, and even surprised to see that Chinese and Vietnamese are ruling the Asian underworld along with the governmental tentacles behind them.

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Posted in: Shinjuku hoods bloody scouts on Kabukicho's deserted streets See in context

Yakuzas have been a joke for a long time, said most of the Chinese triads who operated in Japan around 2000s. In the height of the bubble economy, Chinese triads racked more money than any Japanese Yakuza but they kept their profits and names very secret. Most of the Chinese triads left Japan for the West briefly after 2008 Recession. Now, Yakuzas become the prominent force across Japan once again but their profit margin keeps declining every year.

In the business of organized crimes, money is more important than anything else not how many thugs that you have. Chinese triads and Vietnamese syndicates have been operating as a shadow corporate entity for thousand years, and they understood the game best in the world. Nowadays, I would say that Vietnamese syndicates probably dominate Japan's underworld, in term of profits not presence. A vaccum that Chinese triads left for the Vietnamese. Vietnamese syndicates operate in small cells (around 5-12 people) that deal with shadow banking, drugs smuggling, weed farming and thieveries. Vietnamese thieves are currently number one in Japan with their heists ranging from supermarket shoplifting to luxury goods thievery, and surprisingly they also deal with junkyard trading. They make profits from stealing stuffs and selling them back to Vietnam for a profit. Drugs smuggling and weed farming are a very profitable venture as well. Shadow banking is also dominant with most Vietnamese workers used them to dodge ridiculous taxes imposed by J-govt - a small bank of 3 people had smuggled 10 million USD for years before getting caught in 2017. The nature of Vietnamese crimes is all about remittance economy aka sending profits to invest and get rich in Vietnam.

Vietnamese syndicates, like Chinese triads, always avoid unnecessary violence and use whatever means possible to rack massive profits. I have heard that Yakuzas repeatedly try to ally with Vietnamese syndicates but the Vietnamese "black CEOs" rejected most of the offers. Vietnamese bosses prefer to work with the Chinese triads who both share a similar culture and an entrepreneural mindset. They aren't the people who flash their tattoos, hit random strangers to show force or declare their names on the streets.

The reasons why Chinese triads and Vietnamese syndicates haven't fully kicked Yakuzas out of existence, yet. Because the J-govt has been protecting these good-for-nothings for a long time. Chinese triads and Vietnamese syndicates are arms of respective Communist governments who act as secret agents for overseas operations. Yakuzas haven't been doing anything good for J-govt in the longest time, so this is why J-police is trying to eradicate Yakuzas. Because the US pressured Japan to do so and Yakuzas are useless to keep around. When LDP government makes it easier for foreigners registered assets in Japan, Chinese and Vietnamese underworld will surely dominate everything.

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