Sithsaber wrote:Post here to peel away the scabs that are intriguing anecdotes of oppression from the past and present.
You got me to thinking how I cannot recall having ever met anyone known to be burakumin. A lot of Japanese do not even understand the word until it is changed to eta.
Then I got to thinking how I never met a burakumin I didn't like.
Yet, thanks to you, I learned this today:
According to David E. Kaplan and Alec Dubro in Yakuza: The Explosive Account of Japan's Criminal Underworld (Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1986), burakumin account for about 70 percent of the members of Yamaguchi-gumi, the biggest yakuza syndicate in Japan.
Mitsuhiro Suganuma, the ex-member of Public Security Intelligence Agency, testified that burakumin account for about 60 percent of the members of the entire yakuza.
Then I thought I never met a Yakuza member who didn't like me.
Then I learned this:
In some areas, burakumin are in a majority..... In Ōtō in Fukuoka Prefecture, they account for over 60 percent.
I recall a student telling me her husband's car was stolen while it was parked in the parking lot of that town's police department.
And now I understand why they had so many barbeque places.