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Yakuza and Human Rights May 15, 2008

Today is “Bloggers Unite Day” and in going with the theme of blogging on a human rights issue, I chose to post about the yakuza in Japan and an article I recently read. I’m stealing the article from my friend Miki (she posted on Facebook yesterday) about a gaijin (foreigner) writing about the Japanese Mafia (yakuza). It was so incredibly disturbing that it almost seems made up, but unfortunately I think it is very real. You can read the article here.

It brought back memories of a film I saw at a film festival in Tokyo call Dead or Alive. The first time I saw it, I couldn’t believe how absurd it was, and actually got a kick out of it. A few years later, I watched it with Matt and the two of us were disgusted.

Anyway–I love Japan and I loved living there and visiting, but I also think it’s important to know “what else” goes on below the surface and to expose the terrible acts against Children’s Rights.