Monday, March 28, 2011

Looting in Japan.......Few & Far Between

I think many things factor into this. A difference in history, the fact that Japan is pretty much 90%+ one race of similar belief.... The lack of diversity, the trust and belief in their government running so opposite to ours that perhaps looting doesn't feel like a need for a people that feel that they will be taken care of by their leaders?
Organized crime. Police aren't the only ones on patrol since the earthquake hit. Members of the Yakuza, Japan's organized crime syndicate, have also been enforcing order. All three major crime groups—the Yamaguchi-gumi, the Sumiyoshi-kai, and the Inagawa-kai—have "compiled squads to patrol the streets of their turf and keep an eye out to make sure looting and robbery doesn't occur," writes Jake Adelstein, author of Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan, in an e-mail message. "The Sumiyoshi-kai claims to have shipped over 40 tons of [humanitarian aid] supplies nationwide and I believe that's a conservative estimate." One group has even opened its Tokyo offices to displaced Japanese and foreigners who were stranded after the first tremors disabled public transportation. "As one Sumiyoshi-kai boss put it to me over the phone," says Adelstein, " 'In times of crisis, there are not Yakuza and civilians or foreigners. There are only human beings and we should help each other.' " Even during times of peace, the Yakuza enforce order, says Adelstein. They make their money off extortion, prostitution, and drug trafficking. But they consider theft grounds for expulsion.


evierobbie said...

Japan, the safest country in the world. I believe it. People leave doors unlocked there. You lose something and it will be returned or held onto until you come back and get it. Sometimes for years. Such a stark contrast.

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