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Brattlecast: A Firsthand Look at Secondhand Books
Brattlecast #139 - A Russian Diary

Brattlecast: A Firsthand Look at Secondhand Books

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 16:00


Today in the studio we have a diary that was kept by a teenage girl during her family's emigration odyssey from Russia to the United States. They left Moscow in 1917, embarking on a year-long journey that took them across the continent on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, then through Vladivostok, Yokohama, Hawaii, and San Francisco. Mostly written in Cyrillic, the diary contains photos, little English-language jokes, and references to Jascha Heifetz, a family friend—and violin prodigy—whose family took a parallel trip when they left Russia. Learn about what makes a diary interesting, our translation processes, and the importance of treating these historical documents with respect on this meandering episode of the #brattlecast.

Go Force
Go Force ep137 - Inicia el camino a Yokohama, Fashion Week y chismecito.

Go Force

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 77:42


En este episodio, junto con AndrewManjarrez, hablamos de lo sucedido en los 3 eventos de Play! Pokémon donde se repartieron los primeros boletos al Mundial en Japón. Hablamos de las noticias más relevantes y destacadas de Pokémon GO y otros eventos importantes de la semana. También de personas involucradas en el chisme de la semana en la sección favorita: GoForceando y chismeando. Ravennard, HaL y Sacre te invitamos a escuchar.

The Third Shield Pokemon GO PVP Podcast
Becoming the World Champion Pokemon GO London

The Third Shield Pokemon GO PVP Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 26:44


We had the FIRST-EVER Official Pokemon Go World Champion at the Third Shield Stadium for our 78th episode! Dancing Rob was able to win the Pokemon World Championship in London and he is ready to defend his Championship in Yokohama, Japan! If you have not seen the highlight video we created of this amazing run of the championship make sure to check it out to see the most amazing Pokemon GO PVP in Great League format! 0:00 Welcome Rob 2:01 2 Years Ago it Was a DREAM 3:30 Flex That In Game Pose 4:57 How Did You Prepare for the Qualifer 6:20 How the PVP Mechanic Changed 7:36 Having a Coach Or Training Partner 9:40 Team Building for the Championship 10:10 How to Decide on Your 3 11:58 Lead is NOT Everything 14:30 Defending the Championship in Japan 15:30 Starting in Pokemon GO 17:35 VGC & Other Pokemon Games 19:06 How to Jump into Show 6 21:20 Pokemon GO Championship Was a HIT 24:07 Possible Stream Plan Watch this Podcast on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/l8cPxU1aEiA  Come by the Stream Monday-Friday 12:07 pm EST:

Safety Last
#32 - Tips & Hints for Travelling to Japan

Safety Last

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2022 97:27


On 14/9/2022, Japan announced that it would fully reopen to tourists after more than two years of closed borders. To celebrate this event, along with humanity slowly learning to live with this new pandemic, I decided to record, edit and release a 90-minute podcast with two of my best friends and travelling companions to tell you “What you should and shouldn't do in the land of the rising sun.” This should spark the obvious counter-question in my intelligent and sceptical audience, “Why should I listen to you?”, to which I'll answer “All three of us have travelled to Japan twice with each stay lasting over a month, and during that time, we've zipped up and down the nation by shinkansen, car, ferry, and bus. Whether it is Kobe, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto, Sendai, Hiroshima, Sapporo. Yokohama, Nara… If you can name a city, we've been there. So, for all my travelling enthusiasts who want to know what stores we highly recommend, what events you should miss, what are the most beautiful castles in Japan, what is the most affordable way to travel the country, random Japanese facts, and tips, and much more… Stay tuned for a podcast full of tips and laughter! TIME STAMPS: (6:36) - Fuji-Q Adrenaline Park (14:45) - Robot Cafe Tokyo (17:00) - How long should you stay in a city? (19:35) - Amori & Hakodate (21:50) - Snowboarding in Niseko (25:00) - Sapporo (26:25) - Sendai (30:45) - The best shoes for the snow (36:40) - Should you go to the owl cafe in Tokyo? (40:45) - Thrift stores in Japan (42:00) - Yokohama (44:00) - Akihabara: Anime Capital (47:45) - Eating the hottest level of curry (50:00) - Ueno Park in Tokyo (53:20) - Airbnb Tours (56:30) - How to travel around Japan (59:00) - Osaka (1:03:15) - Spas and onsens (1:05:20) - Mount Koya near Osaka (1:08:35) - Japanese food (1:13:50) - Kyoto (1:17:35) - Airbnb Tours (1:21:50) - Kobe, Himeji & Awaji Island (1:31:10) - Team Labs in Tokyo (1:34:20) - A summary of key advice

Safety Last
#32 - Tips & Hints for Travelling to Japan

Safety Last

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2022 97:27


On 14/9/2022, Japan announced that it would fully reopen to tourists after more than two years of closed borders. To celebrate this event, along with humanity slowly learning to live with this new pandemic, I decided to record, edit and release a 90-minute podcast with two of my best friends and travelling companions to tell you “What you should and shouldn't do in the land of the rising sun.” This should spark the obvious counter-question in my intelligent and sceptical audience, “Why should I listen to you?”, to which I'll answer “All three of us have travelled to Japan twice with each stay lasting over a month, and during that time, we've zipped up and down the nation by shinkansen, car, ferry, and bus. Whether it is Kobe, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto, Sendai, Hiroshima, Sapporo. Yokohama, Nara… If you can name a city, we've been there. So, for all my travelling enthusiasts who want to know what stores we highly recommend, what events you should miss, what are the most beautiful castles in Japan, what is the most affordable way to travel the country, random Japanese facts, and tips, and much more… Stay tuned for a podcast full of tips and laughter! TIME STAMPS: (6:36) - Fuji-Q Adrenaline Park (14:45) - Robot Cafe Tokyo (17:00) - How long should you stay in a city? (19:35) - Amori & Hakodate (21:50) - Snowboarding in Niseko (25:00) - Sapporo (26:25) - Sendai (30:45) - The best shoes for the snow (36:40) - Should you go to the owl cafe in Tokyo? (40:45) - Thrift stores in Japan (42:00) - Yokohama (44:00) - Akihabara: Anime Capital (47:45) - Eating the hottest level of curry (50:00) - Ueno Park in Tokyo (53:20) - Airbnb Tours (56:30) - How to travel around Japan (59:00) - Osaka (1:03:15) - Spas and onsens (1:05:20) - Mount Koya near Osaka (1:08:35) - Japanese food (1:13:50) - Kyoto (1:17:35) - Airbnb Tours (1:21:50) - Kobe, Himeji & Awaji Island (1:31:10) - Team Labs in Tokyo (1:34:20) - A summary of key advice

Red Leaf Retrocast (Gaming, Anime, Wrestling)
Wrestling: Ep 113 - All Out 5 Star Yokohama

Red Leaf Retrocast (Gaming, Anime, Wrestling)

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 238:10


Gripe Bomb. Join the patreon Intro and topic Matches/Topics from outside promotions All Out Weekend AEW/NPW Dynamite All Out and Fall out (0-1:26) Joshi News Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix (1:26-2:14) JTO TakaTaichiDespy Mania Dragongate Storm Gate (2:14-2:31) wXw n/a Retro Wrestling: (2:31-end) AJW Classics Eps 76 8/5/1993 (2:31-3:03) NJPW 90's: n/a WCW Nitro 9/27/99 (3:03-end) Website: https://redleafretrocast.blogspot.com https://linktr.ee/RedLeafRetrocast Twitter: @BowlingJD Rickee: @RickeeLynn Tanner: @HeadlockTalk

Go Force
Go Force ep136 - El episodio sin avisar, ¿apoco nomás Pokémon GO?

Go Force

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 58:02


Inicia el ciclo para Yokohama 2023 con el respectivo cambio de meta, vienen eventos en GO con títulos desperdiciados y Pokémon nuevo en Unite, hablamos también de Jaegers y Kaijus. Para todos traemos temas. Y como Pokémon GO, te traemos este episodio antes del viernes, sin avisar. Hal, Raven y Sacre te invitamos a escuchar.

Stardom Quest
Stardom Quest Episode 108: Yokohama Budokan Review, JTO, Fuwa-Chan & GP Previews

Stardom Quest

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 112:35 Transcription Available


Alex and Dylan return for the latest episode of Stardom Quest. They begin by running down Stardom news including the confirmed date and venue of Stardom Dream Queendom and what that event could come to mean as well as the upcoming debut of Fuwa-Chan. They then discuss the Joshi tag TakaTaichiDespyMania and discuss how cheering crowds impacted the presentation of Maika and MIRAI.Our hosts then moved on to reviewing the Stardom event at Yokohama Budokan including Saya Kamitani vs Suzu Suzuki and a huge coming-out party for Hanan before reviewing Stardom's Korakuen the next day. To close out they preview the three upcoming GP shows. Follow Dylan on twitter: @XXIchiban Follow Alex: @LWOSPWAlexR or @LWOProWrestling Amazing show art courtesy of @KHsNotebook Also listen to Dylan and Alex's other podcast Victory Through Guts (@VTGPod) which is all about the legendary All Japan Women's Pro Wrestling

Seeking Sustainability LIVE (SSL)
Sustainable Short Takes - Hawaii Products & Insights, Japan Events & Sustainability Topics

Seeking Sustainability LIVE (SSL)

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 30:57


Today's Topics: 00:00 JJWalsh & Tove Kinooka Intro 00:35 Hawaii vs Japan 01:00 Little Hands Product 02:15 Ichion Forum ESG Event 05:11 Women Inspire Event 06:13 Women in Law Event 09:34 Re-Use Hawaii Deconstruction 11:30 One Young World 15:23 Online Courses Sustainability 19:45 Ahead of compliance 20:43 Hacking Sustainability BCCJ 23:50 Plastic Pollution Japan Tap 25:15 Going back to natural solutions 26:00 Plastic Bag Ban Hawaii 28:00 Sustainable Competitiveness 29:00 Just Enough BOOK Azby Brown 30:00 Thanks everyone - take care! LINKS * Little Hands Mineral Suncream in Plastic-Free Packaging, Reef-Safe, Made-In-Hawaii https://littlehandshawaii.com/pages/ourstory (https://littlehandshawaii.com/pages/ourstory) * Standford - South Korea Forum ESG Event - the S in ESG's https://korea.stanford.edu/events/conference-symposium/2022-global-esg-forum-nature-korea-university (https://korea.stanford.edu/events/conference-symposium/2022-global-esg-forum-nature-korea-university) * Women Inspire Sustainable Japan event - Oct 16 in AkiTakata, Hiroshima & Nov at FABRIC in Tokyo https://www.inboundambassador.com/ (https://www.inboundambassador.com/) * Women in Law Japan Event - Sustainability and ESG's - what it means for you https://womeninlawjapan.org/events/821/?postID=821 (https://womeninlawjapan.org/events/821/?postID=821) * Re-Use Hawaii Organization in Honolulu (Oahu) and the Big Island - Deconstruction and resale of useful building materials for benefit of people, planet and profits https://www.reusehawaii.org/about-us (https://www.reusehawaii.org/about-us) *One Young World https://www.oneyoungworld.com/ (https://www.oneyoungworld.com/) * Online Sustainability Courses with JJWalsh https://www.inboundambassador.com/about/online-sustainability-seminars-with-jjwalsh/ (https://www.inboundambassador.com/about/online-sustainability-seminars-with-jjwalsh/) * Fresh Perspectives on Sustainability in Hawaii - JJWalsh on Medium https://medium.com/@jjwalsh/fresh-perspectives-on-sustainability-in-hawaii-a29b267597b0 (https://medium.com/@jjwalsh/fresh-perspectives-on-sustainability-in-hawaii-a29b267597b0) * Hacking Sustainability BCCJ https://bccjapan.com/events/hacking-sustainability-for-smes/ (https://bccjapan.com/events/hacking-sustainability-for-smes/) * Hawaii's Plastic Bag Ban & other issues for sustainability posts & podcasts: https://www.inboundambassador.com/sustainability-in-hawaii-lessons-for-japan/ (https://www.inboundambassador.com/sustainability-in-hawaii-lessons-for-japan/) * Azby Brown interview about his book wonderful book JUST ENOUGH - lessons from Japan https://youtu.be/so12LUC_5YU (https://youtu.be/so12LUC_5YU) Updates on the latest sustainability focused events, products and projects - 30 min discussion between Tove Kinooka co-founder of Global Perspectives in Yokohama & JJWalsh founder of Inbound Ambassador in Hiroshima. Tove Kinooka co-founder of Global Perspectives KK in Tokyo and a Director of the One Young World Japan program. http://www.globalperspectives.biz/ (http://www.globalperspectives.biz/) JJWalsh is founder of Inbound Ambassador and host of the regularly livestreamed interviews with "good people doing great things" Seeking Sustainability in Japan talkshow-podcast series. http://www.inboundambassador.com/ (http://www.inboundambassador.com/)

Mike Giant Podcast
Episode 47: 1995

Mike Giant Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 88:58 Very Popular


Mike recalls memories from 1995. Topics discussed include: Photographic memory, moving to 8th and Geary with Ben Lovejoy, America Online, trading porn, personal ads, Sugar Daddy, shoulder massage in the round, back door access, King Street Garage, Club Universe, raver pack, flag dancers, bathrooms at gay clubs, video sex parties, Alexandra, awkward threesome, college graduation, squirt isn't pee, big Goth lady, Hamburger Haven, Robin Williams, Coors Yard, Emeryville, Bukue, Joker, Home Base raves, Lept and Set, individual dance styles, circle dancers, Ernest, San Jose house style, Greg Carroll, UFOs, heavy hallucinations, morning-after Denny's, Flax girl, Don Fisher, Charles Manson, Sunday nights at Club Deluxe, Swing dancing scene, Tribal Japan tour, Bobby Ruiz, Carl Arellano, Kien Lieu, John Reeves, Zodak, Yokohama (actually Nagoya), Shiori, kyogin, no means no, care packages, shrooms with Carl, foggy death ride, raves in San Diego, DJ Quark, dykes dropping knowledge, Jessica, raver love, Merilee, shuffleboard, Wednesday boyfriend, candlelit bath, menthol gel, Jon, The Family, drying out lsd and deckled edges.

Our Anime Show
Pokémon! Gotta catch em all!

Our Anime Show

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 66:02


Find OAS on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, YouTubeEmail: ouranimeshow@gmail.comPokemon aka “Pocket Monsters” WikipediaGames Pokémon, electronic game series from Nintendo that debuted in Japan in February 1996 as Pokémon Green and Pokémon Red.was introduced in 1998 to the United States with two titles, known to fans as Red and Blue. SourceCard game APRIL 97 in Japan, December 1998 in the US.New Game “Pokémon TCG: Scarlet & Violet — Coming in 2023! ❤️

Stardom Quest
Stardom Quest Episode 107: Yokohama Budokan Preview & 5STAR Day 11 & 12 Review

Stardom Quest

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 Transcription Available


Alex and Dylan return for the latest episode of Stardom Quest. To begin our hosts run down recent Stardom news including a Stardom in Showcase Volume 2 match announcement as well as the possibility of Stardom allowing cheering soon. They then move on to reviewing Stardom's shows in Takamatsu and Hiroshima, with a brief detour to look at Sayuri Nanba's cagematch ranking. To close out they preview Stardom's upcoming PPV at Yokohama Budokan and the Korakuen Hall show the next day. Follow Dylan on twitter: @XXIchiban Follow Alex: @LWOSPWAlexR or @LWOProWrestling Amazing show art courtesy of @KHsNotebook Also listen to Dylan and Alex's other podcast Victory Through Guts (@VTGPod) which is all about the legendary All Japan Women's Pro Wrestling.

Frictionless Marketing
IBM's CCO & SVP of Marketing and Communications, Jonathan Adashek

Frictionless Marketing

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 30:51


Jonathan Adashek is the Chief Communications Officer and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications at IBM. Before joining IBM, Jonathan was at Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance in Paris, as well as Nissan Motor Co. in Yokohama, Japan, and prior to that had stints at Microsoft and Edelman.  One of Jonathan's first roles was as a special assistant at the White House before becoming director of the national delegate strategy for the John Kerry presidential campaign. At IBM, Jonathan leads a team of 800+ professionals in more than 170 countries with responsibility for IBM's global communications, corporate citizenship, and CSR, as well as strategic events and social media. Without further ado, please enjoy this conversation with IBM CCO and SVP of Marketing and Communications Jonathan Adashek.  Here are some key takeaways from this conversation with Jonathan.  Simplify your message. As a company, IBM has thousands of products, services, and solutions, and prior to Jonathan coming on board, there was an overwhelming amount of different marketing and communications campaigns for these different products. This caused confusion among the general public over what IBM really stood for as a brand. One of Jonathan's first orders of business was to significantly simplify IBM's message into one slogan: “Let's Create.” A brand can only get so much attention which is why it's important not to diffuse your brand's message across a number of separate campaigns. Furthermore, emotional statements like “Let's Create” can transcend product features and benefits and get to the heart of your company's real mission, which is way more effective than focusing on the products.  Admit failure early & honestly. Jonathan mentioned committing an epic failure at IBM recently. Instead of blaming someone else, shirking behind it, or attempting some sort of internal coverup, he sent out an all-employee message outlining what had happened while owning up to it. He claimed the experience was more cathartic than scary and set a standard for radical honesty at the company that was unprecedented. Embracing humanity on an executive level with this kind of honesty is the foundation for creating extremely healthy and effective company cultures.  Be client zero; practice what you preach. All products and tech solutions conceived of and created by IBM must be used internally as a standard for their creation. Jonathan states that clients and customers will not stand by any other standard. By being client zero, IBM is able to only create products and solutions that they stand by after a lot of trial and error. This ensures a level of trust with customers that simply cannot be bought. Thanks for listening, don't forget to subscribe! ----- Produced by https://podcastlaunch.pro (Simpler Media)

Rokushita
Saibanshi #48: Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, Dai Dark, Yokohama Kaidashi Kiko e Viral Hit

Rokushita

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 60:47


Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero - 00:00:11 / Dai Dark - 00:27:48 / Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō - 00:38:15 / Viral Hit - 00:45:09 O Rokushita agora também faz lives na Twitch! Só entrar no link abaixo para acompanhar gravações ao vivo além de nossas jogatinas e reacts! Participantes desse podcast: @Yoshiohashii, @Pellucks, @ferniefurtado e @Bobuxo Twitch: twitch.tv/rokushita Twitter: @rkstpodcast PicPay: https://picpay.me/rkstpodcast Apoia-se: apoia.se/rkstpodcast Editado por: @Pellucks

ITmedia ビジネスオンライン
「相鉄本線 横浜駅」での乗降も可能 新サービス名称「YOKOHAMAどっちも定期」

ITmedia ビジネスオンライン

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 0:31


「相鉄本線 横浜駅」での乗降も可能 新サービス名称「YOKOHAMAどっちも定期」。 相鉄グループの相模鉄道は9月1日、2023年3月の「相鉄・東急直通線」開業に合わせて導入する、IC通勤定期乗車券の新サービス名称を「YOKOHAMAどっちも定期」にすると発表した。相鉄・東急直通線(羽沢横浜国大駅~新横浜駅)を含む定期乗車券を、開業日から発売する。

New Books in East Asian Studies
James Welker, "Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia" (U Hawaii Press, 2022)

New Books in East Asian Studies

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 70:46


Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2022), edited by James Welker, brings together twenty-one scholars exploring BL media, its fans, and its sociocultural impacts in a dozen countries in East, Southeast, and South Asia—and beyond. Contributors draw on their expertise in an array of disciplines and fields, including anthropology, fan studies, gender and sexuality studies, history, literature, media studies, political science, and sociology to shed light on BL media and its fandoms. The boys love (BL) genre was created for girls and women by young female manga (comic) artists in early 1970s Japan to challenge oppressive gender and sexual norms. Over the years, BL has seen almost irrepressible growth in popularity and since the 2000s has become a global media phenomenon, weaving its way into anime, prose fiction, live-action dramas, video games, audio dramas, and fan works. BL's male–male romantic and sexual relationships have found a particularly receptive home in other parts of Asia, where strong local fan communities and locally produced BL works have garnered a following throughout the region, taking on new meanings and engendering widespread cultural effects. Queer Transfigurations reveals the far-reaching influences of the BL genre, demonstrating that it is truly transnational and transcultural in diverse cultural contexts. It has also helped bring about positive changes in the status of LGBT(Q) people and communities as well as enlighten local understandings of gender and sexuality throughout Asia. Queer Transfigurations shows that, some fifty years after the first BL manga appeared in print, the genre is continuing to reverberate and transform lives. James Welker is a professor in the Department of Cross-Cultural Studies, Kanagawa University, Yokohama, Japan. His research focuses primarily on gender and sexuality in postwar and contemporary Japan, especially fan cultures, feminisms, and the LGBT(Q) community. He is the author of Transfigurations: Redefining Women in Late Twentieth-Century Japan (forthcoming). Linshan Jiang is Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also obtained a Ph.D. emphasis in Translation Studies. Her research interests are modern and contemporary literature, film, and popular culture in mainland China, Taiwan, and Japan; trauma and memory studies; gender and sexuality studies; queer studies; as well as comparative literature and translation studies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/east-asian-studies

New Books in Sex, Sexuality, and Sex Work
James Welker, "Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia" (U Hawaii Press, 2022)

New Books in Sex, Sexuality, and Sex Work

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 70:46


Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2022), edited by James Welker, brings together twenty-one scholars exploring BL media, its fans, and its sociocultural impacts in a dozen countries in East, Southeast, and South Asia—and beyond. Contributors draw on their expertise in an array of disciplines and fields, including anthropology, fan studies, gender and sexuality studies, history, literature, media studies, political science, and sociology to shed light on BL media and its fandoms. The boys love (BL) genre was created for girls and women by young female manga (comic) artists in early 1970s Japan to challenge oppressive gender and sexual norms. Over the years, BL has seen almost irrepressible growth in popularity and since the 2000s has become a global media phenomenon, weaving its way into anime, prose fiction, live-action dramas, video games, audio dramas, and fan works. BL's male–male romantic and sexual relationships have found a particularly receptive home in other parts of Asia, where strong local fan communities and locally produced BL works have garnered a following throughout the region, taking on new meanings and engendering widespread cultural effects. Queer Transfigurations reveals the far-reaching influences of the BL genre, demonstrating that it is truly transnational and transcultural in diverse cultural contexts. It has also helped bring about positive changes in the status of LGBT(Q) people and communities as well as enlighten local understandings of gender and sexuality throughout Asia. Queer Transfigurations shows that, some fifty years after the first BL manga appeared in print, the genre is continuing to reverberate and transform lives. James Welker is a professor in the Department of Cross-Cultural Studies, Kanagawa University, Yokohama, Japan. His research focuses primarily on gender and sexuality in postwar and contemporary Japan, especially fan cultures, feminisms, and the LGBT(Q) community. He is the author of Transfigurations: Redefining Women in Late Twentieth-Century Japan (forthcoming). Linshan Jiang is Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also obtained a Ph.D. emphasis in Translation Studies. Her research interests are modern and contemporary literature, film, and popular culture in mainland China, Taiwan, and Japan; trauma and memory studies; gender and sexuality studies; queer studies; as well as comparative literature and translation studies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

New Books in LGBTQ+ Studies
James Welker, "Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia" (U Hawaii Press, 2022)

New Books in LGBTQ+ Studies

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 70:46


Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2022), edited by James Welker, brings together twenty-one scholars exploring BL media, its fans, and its sociocultural impacts in a dozen countries in East, Southeast, and South Asia—and beyond. Contributors draw on their expertise in an array of disciplines and fields, including anthropology, fan studies, gender and sexuality studies, history, literature, media studies, political science, and sociology to shed light on BL media and its fandoms. The boys love (BL) genre was created for girls and women by young female manga (comic) artists in early 1970s Japan to challenge oppressive gender and sexual norms. Over the years, BL has seen almost irrepressible growth in popularity and since the 2000s has become a global media phenomenon, weaving its way into anime, prose fiction, live-action dramas, video games, audio dramas, and fan works. BL's male–male romantic and sexual relationships have found a particularly receptive home in other parts of Asia, where strong local fan communities and locally produced BL works have garnered a following throughout the region, taking on new meanings and engendering widespread cultural effects. Queer Transfigurations reveals the far-reaching influences of the BL genre, demonstrating that it is truly transnational and transcultural in diverse cultural contexts. It has also helped bring about positive changes in the status of LGBT(Q) people and communities as well as enlighten local understandings of gender and sexuality throughout Asia. Queer Transfigurations shows that, some fifty years after the first BL manga appeared in print, the genre is continuing to reverberate and transform lives. James Welker is a professor in the Department of Cross-Cultural Studies, Kanagawa University, Yokohama, Japan. His research focuses primarily on gender and sexuality in postwar and contemporary Japan, especially fan cultures, feminisms, and the LGBT(Q) community. He is the author of Transfigurations: Redefining Women in Late Twentieth-Century Japan (forthcoming). Linshan Jiang is Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also obtained a Ph.D. emphasis in Translation Studies. Her research interests are modern and contemporary literature, film, and popular culture in mainland China, Taiwan, and Japan; trauma and memory studies; gender and sexuality studies; queer studies; as well as comparative literature and translation studies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/lgbtq-studies

New Books in Japanese Studies
James Welker, "Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia" (U Hawaii Press, 2022)

New Books in Japanese Studies

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 70:46


Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2022), edited by James Welker, brings together twenty-one scholars exploring BL media, its fans, and its sociocultural impacts in a dozen countries in East, Southeast, and South Asia—and beyond. Contributors draw on their expertise in an array of disciplines and fields, including anthropology, fan studies, gender and sexuality studies, history, literature, media studies, political science, and sociology to shed light on BL media and its fandoms. The boys love (BL) genre was created for girls and women by young female manga (comic) artists in early 1970s Japan to challenge oppressive gender and sexual norms. Over the years, BL has seen almost irrepressible growth in popularity and since the 2000s has become a global media phenomenon, weaving its way into anime, prose fiction, live-action dramas, video games, audio dramas, and fan works. BL's male–male romantic and sexual relationships have found a particularly receptive home in other parts of Asia, where strong local fan communities and locally produced BL works have garnered a following throughout the region, taking on new meanings and engendering widespread cultural effects. Queer Transfigurations reveals the far-reaching influences of the BL genre, demonstrating that it is truly transnational and transcultural in diverse cultural contexts. It has also helped bring about positive changes in the status of LGBT(Q) people and communities as well as enlighten local understandings of gender and sexuality throughout Asia. Queer Transfigurations shows that, some fifty years after the first BL manga appeared in print, the genre is continuing to reverberate and transform lives. James Welker is a professor in the Department of Cross-Cultural Studies, Kanagawa University, Yokohama, Japan. His research focuses primarily on gender and sexuality in postwar and contemporary Japan, especially fan cultures, feminisms, and the LGBT(Q) community. He is the author of Transfigurations: Redefining Women in Late Twentieth-Century Japan (forthcoming). Linshan Jiang is Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also obtained a Ph.D. emphasis in Translation Studies. Her research interests are modern and contemporary literature, film, and popular culture in mainland China, Taiwan, and Japan; trauma and memory studies; gender and sexuality studies; queer studies; as well as comparative literature and translation studies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/japanese-studies

New Books in Popular Culture
James Welker, "Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia" (U Hawaii Press, 2022)

New Books in Popular Culture

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 70:46


Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2022), edited by James Welker, brings together twenty-one scholars exploring BL media, its fans, and its sociocultural impacts in a dozen countries in East, Southeast, and South Asia—and beyond. Contributors draw on their expertise in an array of disciplines and fields, including anthropology, fan studies, gender and sexuality studies, history, literature, media studies, political science, and sociology to shed light on BL media and its fandoms. The boys love (BL) genre was created for girls and women by young female manga (comic) artists in early 1970s Japan to challenge oppressive gender and sexual norms. Over the years, BL has seen almost irrepressible growth in popularity and since the 2000s has become a global media phenomenon, weaving its way into anime, prose fiction, live-action dramas, video games, audio dramas, and fan works. BL's male–male romantic and sexual relationships have found a particularly receptive home in other parts of Asia, where strong local fan communities and locally produced BL works have garnered a following throughout the region, taking on new meanings and engendering widespread cultural effects. Queer Transfigurations reveals the far-reaching influences of the BL genre, demonstrating that it is truly transnational and transcultural in diverse cultural contexts. It has also helped bring about positive changes in the status of LGBT(Q) people and communities as well as enlighten local understandings of gender and sexuality throughout Asia. Queer Transfigurations shows that, some fifty years after the first BL manga appeared in print, the genre is continuing to reverberate and transform lives. James Welker is a professor in the Department of Cross-Cultural Studies, Kanagawa University, Yokohama, Japan. His research focuses primarily on gender and sexuality in postwar and contemporary Japan, especially fan cultures, feminisms, and the LGBT(Q) community. He is the author of Transfigurations: Redefining Women in Late Twentieth-Century Japan (forthcoming). Linshan Jiang is Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also obtained a Ph.D. emphasis in Translation Studies. Her research interests are modern and contemporary literature, film, and popular culture in mainland China, Taiwan, and Japan; trauma and memory studies; gender and sexuality studies; queer studies; as well as comparative literature and translation studies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/popular-culture

New Books in Literary Studies
James Welker, "Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia" (U Hawaii Press, 2022)

New Books in Literary Studies

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 70:46


Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2022), edited by James Welker, brings together twenty-one scholars exploring BL media, its fans, and its sociocultural impacts in a dozen countries in East, Southeast, and South Asia—and beyond. Contributors draw on their expertise in an array of disciplines and fields, including anthropology, fan studies, gender and sexuality studies, history, literature, media studies, political science, and sociology to shed light on BL media and its fandoms. The boys love (BL) genre was created for girls and women by young female manga (comic) artists in early 1970s Japan to challenge oppressive gender and sexual norms. Over the years, BL has seen almost irrepressible growth in popularity and since the 2000s has become a global media phenomenon, weaving its way into anime, prose fiction, live-action dramas, video games, audio dramas, and fan works. BL's male–male romantic and sexual relationships have found a particularly receptive home in other parts of Asia, where strong local fan communities and locally produced BL works have garnered a following throughout the region, taking on new meanings and engendering widespread cultural effects. Queer Transfigurations reveals the far-reaching influences of the BL genre, demonstrating that it is truly transnational and transcultural in diverse cultural contexts. It has also helped bring about positive changes in the status of LGBT(Q) people and communities as well as enlighten local understandings of gender and sexuality throughout Asia. Queer Transfigurations shows that, some fifty years after the first BL manga appeared in print, the genre is continuing to reverberate and transform lives. James Welker is a professor in the Department of Cross-Cultural Studies, Kanagawa University, Yokohama, Japan. His research focuses primarily on gender and sexuality in postwar and contemporary Japan, especially fan cultures, feminisms, and the LGBT(Q) community. He is the author of Transfigurations: Redefining Women in Late Twentieth-Century Japan (forthcoming). Linshan Jiang is Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also obtained a Ph.D. emphasis in Translation Studies. Her research interests are modern and contemporary literature, film, and popular culture in mainland China, Taiwan, and Japan; trauma and memory studies; gender and sexuality studies; queer studies; as well as comparative literature and translation studies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/literary-studies

New Books in Sociology
James Welker, "Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia" (U Hawaii Press, 2022)

New Books in Sociology

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 70:46


Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2022), edited by James Welker, brings together twenty-one scholars exploring BL media, its fans, and its sociocultural impacts in a dozen countries in East, Southeast, and South Asia—and beyond. Contributors draw on their expertise in an array of disciplines and fields, including anthropology, fan studies, gender and sexuality studies, history, literature, media studies, political science, and sociology to shed light on BL media and its fandoms. The boys love (BL) genre was created for girls and women by young female manga (comic) artists in early 1970s Japan to challenge oppressive gender and sexual norms. Over the years, BL has seen almost irrepressible growth in popularity and since the 2000s has become a global media phenomenon, weaving its way into anime, prose fiction, live-action dramas, video games, audio dramas, and fan works. BL's male–male romantic and sexual relationships have found a particularly receptive home in other parts of Asia, where strong local fan communities and locally produced BL works have garnered a following throughout the region, taking on new meanings and engendering widespread cultural effects. Queer Transfigurations reveals the far-reaching influences of the BL genre, demonstrating that it is truly transnational and transcultural in diverse cultural contexts. It has also helped bring about positive changes in the status of LGBT(Q) people and communities as well as enlighten local understandings of gender and sexuality throughout Asia. Queer Transfigurations shows that, some fifty years after the first BL manga appeared in print, the genre is continuing to reverberate and transform lives. James Welker is a professor in the Department of Cross-Cultural Studies, Kanagawa University, Yokohama, Japan. His research focuses primarily on gender and sexuality in postwar and contemporary Japan, especially fan cultures, feminisms, and the LGBT(Q) community. He is the author of Transfigurations: Redefining Women in Late Twentieth-Century Japan (forthcoming). Linshan Jiang is Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also obtained a Ph.D. emphasis in Translation Studies. Her research interests are modern and contemporary literature, film, and popular culture in mainland China, Taiwan, and Japan; trauma and memory studies; gender and sexuality studies; queer studies; as well as comparative literature and translation studies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/sociology

New Books in Film
James Welker, "Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia" (U Hawaii Press, 2022)

New Books in Film

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 70:46


Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2022), edited by James Welker, brings together twenty-one scholars exploring BL media, its fans, and its sociocultural impacts in a dozen countries in East, Southeast, and South Asia—and beyond. Contributors draw on their expertise in an array of disciplines and fields, including anthropology, fan studies, gender and sexuality studies, history, literature, media studies, political science, and sociology to shed light on BL media and its fandoms. The boys love (BL) genre was created for girls and women by young female manga (comic) artists in early 1970s Japan to challenge oppressive gender and sexual norms. Over the years, BL has seen almost irrepressible growth in popularity and since the 2000s has become a global media phenomenon, weaving its way into anime, prose fiction, live-action dramas, video games, audio dramas, and fan works. BL's male–male romantic and sexual relationships have found a particularly receptive home in other parts of Asia, where strong local fan communities and locally produced BL works have garnered a following throughout the region, taking on new meanings and engendering widespread cultural effects. Queer Transfigurations reveals the far-reaching influences of the BL genre, demonstrating that it is truly transnational and transcultural in diverse cultural contexts. It has also helped bring about positive changes in the status of LGBT(Q) people and communities as well as enlighten local understandings of gender and sexuality throughout Asia. Queer Transfigurations shows that, some fifty years after the first BL manga appeared in print, the genre is continuing to reverberate and transform lives. James Welker is a professor in the Department of Cross-Cultural Studies, Kanagawa University, Yokohama, Japan. His research focuses primarily on gender and sexuality in postwar and contemporary Japan, especially fan cultures, feminisms, and the LGBT(Q) community. He is the author of Transfigurations: Redefining Women in Late Twentieth-Century Japan (forthcoming). Linshan Jiang is Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also obtained a Ph.D. emphasis in Translation Studies. Her research interests are modern and contemporary literature, film, and popular culture in mainland China, Taiwan, and Japan; trauma and memory studies; gender and sexuality studies; queer studies; as well as comparative literature and translation studies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/film

New Books Network
James Welker, "Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia" (U Hawaii Press, 2022)

New Books Network

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 70:46


Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2022), edited by James Welker, brings together twenty-one scholars exploring BL media, its fans, and its sociocultural impacts in a dozen countries in East, Southeast, and South Asia—and beyond. Contributors draw on their expertise in an array of disciplines and fields, including anthropology, fan studies, gender and sexuality studies, history, literature, media studies, political science, and sociology to shed light on BL media and its fandoms. The boys love (BL) genre was created for girls and women by young female manga (comic) artists in early 1970s Japan to challenge oppressive gender and sexual norms. Over the years, BL has seen almost irrepressible growth in popularity and since the 2000s has become a global media phenomenon, weaving its way into anime, prose fiction, live-action dramas, video games, audio dramas, and fan works. BL's male–male romantic and sexual relationships have found a particularly receptive home in other parts of Asia, where strong local fan communities and locally produced BL works have garnered a following throughout the region, taking on new meanings and engendering widespread cultural effects. Queer Transfigurations reveals the far-reaching influences of the BL genre, demonstrating that it is truly transnational and transcultural in diverse cultural contexts. It has also helped bring about positive changes in the status of LGBT(Q) people and communities as well as enlighten local understandings of gender and sexuality throughout Asia. Queer Transfigurations shows that, some fifty years after the first BL manga appeared in print, the genre is continuing to reverberate and transform lives. James Welker is a professor in the Department of Cross-Cultural Studies, Kanagawa University, Yokohama, Japan. His research focuses primarily on gender and sexuality in postwar and contemporary Japan, especially fan cultures, feminisms, and the LGBT(Q) community. He is the author of Transfigurations: Redefining Women in Late Twentieth-Century Japan (forthcoming). Linshan Jiang is Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also obtained a Ph.D. emphasis in Translation Studies. Her research interests are modern and contemporary literature, film, and popular culture in mainland China, Taiwan, and Japan; trauma and memory studies; gender and sexuality studies; queer studies; as well as comparative literature and translation studies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/new-books-network

THE Sales Japan Series by Dale Carnegie Training Tokyo, Japan
304: Preparing For Selling During A Recession

THE Sales Japan Series by Dale Carnegie Training Tokyo, Japan

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 14:27


“Out of the frying pan into the fire”, seems to be an appropriate descriptor for where we are now.  We have been battered by Covid, or at least many of us have had that unpleasant experience, but now everyone, even those who sailed through Covid, are about to get swept up in to the next recession.  Inflation, rising interest rates, supply chain turmoil, energy supplies being weaponised, the list is long and depressing.  Japan relies on foreign markets and if the USA has a sniffle, Japan catches a cold is another old idea.  So what happens in sales if we find ourselves getting daily cases of covid deaths and infections under control through vaccinations and herd immunity and yet are now in a global recession?   Here are some things to think about.   Covid may have wiped out some of your rivals.  I couldn't believe that the Heichinrou Chinese restaurant in Yokohama closed down in May.  It has been serving customers since 1884 and now is gone.  For the other Chinese restaurants who are still in operation in China Town they have seen a major competitor vanquished. The other businesses are still operating and so they have buying needs.  In fact, they may have an uptake in customers who cannot go to Heichinrou anymore and so their sales may pick up. It is a sad day when legendary business names fall, particularly in Japan where corporate longevity is treasured, but that is the capitalist system.  Maybe your rivals are not extinguished entirely but they may be wounded.  They may have fired staff to reduce costs and so their scope of capacity has diminished.  They cannot see as many potential clients as before, but maybe you can see them, because you toughed it out and kept your crew together.   Recessions are uneven phenomenon.  Some industries are hit harder than others.  Covid hit tourism, training and hospitality particularly hard, but other industries sailed through the pandemic with barely a flesh wound.  The recession will impact certain industries more than others and so it is useful to identify which of those industries will still have the capability to buy.  Unlike a global pandemic, most of us have seen recessions before, so we will have some idea which businesses we should concentrate on and which we should avoid worrying about.  We will also have probably experienced inflation before too and the ramifications that has on your industry.  Look back at what happened in the past for useful lessons on what to expect this time around.   In our sales training, we use a matrix which aligns your existing buyers with your products and services.  It is always shocking to realise you are only supplying some clients with a very narrow band of offerings.  It reminds you that they have multiple needs but you are not servicing them.  Maybe you were unable to gain entry before, because the incumbent was so strongly positioned, however Covid may have changed that power balance and now is the time to suggest other solutions from your line-up.  Existing clients know you well, they trust you, they will take your call, so you don't have to navigate your way through the serried ferocious gatekeepers to get to the buyer.    Existing clients can become past clients quite easily.  In our case, the HR Director changes and next thing you know, you are out on the street and they have replaced you with their favoured suppliers.  During Covid perhaps some of the line managers have left the company or moved to other sections and maybe there is some nice new buyer who comes to the conversation with an open mind and no baggage.  Perhaps the gate keeper is still being a barrier, but at least if you have dealt with that company before, they may be willing to take a message from you, even if they won't transfer your call.  You could try and bypass them altogether by sending some mail to the new person or at least to the position most relevant to your business.  The beauty of this is that the same gatekeeper who won't transfer the call, will diligently walk over to the manager's desk and drop your parcel on their table.  They will open it up at some point and they may decide that you have what they need and be open to talking about reactivating business with you.   It works in your favour sometimes too. That nice buyer you have built a strong relationship with, is now in a similar role in another company and they realise you have the solution they need.  If you haven't found where they went, now might be a good time to do so.  LinkedIn only has about two million followers in Japan, so the chances you can track them on LinkedIn if they are working for a Japanese very domestic company are slim.  Often if you call and ask for them, the person taking the call will tell you they have left.  If you are lucky, they may be able to tell you where there have gone.    The Game of Thrones character Petyr Baelish noted that “chaos is a ladder” and pandemics and recessions are chaotic.  It is usually more like snakes and ladders though and sometimes you are lifted up and at other times you are pushed down.  Research past recessions and look for which ladders are likely to be pointing up.  Get closer to existing clients and see if there are additional services or goods you can supply. For those in the “until recently existing clients” category see if you can rekindle some flame from the ashes of the fire.

Arroe Collins
Dan Hampton Releases The Book Valor

Arroe Collins

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 12:05


Dan Hampton brings us the action-packed story of an American hero, Lieutenant Bill Harris, who survived a harrowing imprisonment in a Japanese POW camp during WWII. Through an unpublished memoir provided by Harris' daughter, military documents and personal photos Harris' experiences are dramatically revealed. William Frederick “Bill” Harris was 25 years old when captured by Japanese forces during the Battle of Corregidor in May 1942. This son of a decorated Marine general escaped from hell on earth by swimming eight hours through a shark-infested bay; but his harrowing ordeal had just begun. Evading and fighting for months, he embarked on another agonizing voyage to Australia, but was betrayed by treacherous islanders and handed over to the Japanese. Held for two years in the notorious Ofuna prisoner-of-war camp outside Yokohama, Harris was continuously starved, tortured, and beaten, but he never surrendered. Teaching himself Japanese, he eavesdropped on the guards and created secret codes to communicate with fellow prisoners. After liberation on August 30, 1945, Bill represented American Marine POWs during the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay before joining his father and flying to a home he had not seen in four years.

Arroe Collins
Dan Hampton Releases The Book Valor

Arroe Collins

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 12:05


Dan Hampton brings us the action-packed story of an American hero, Lieutenant Bill Harris, who survived a harrowing imprisonment in a Japanese POW camp during WWII. Through an unpublished memoir provided by Harris' daughter, military documents and personal photos Harris' experiences are dramatically revealed. William Frederick “Bill” Harris was 25 years old when captured by Japanese forces during the Battle of Corregidor in May 1942. This son of a decorated Marine general escaped from hell on earth by swimming eight hours through a shark-infested bay; but his harrowing ordeal had just begun. Evading and fighting for months, he embarked on another agonizing voyage to Australia, but was betrayed by treacherous islanders and handed over to the Japanese. Held for two years in the notorious Ofuna prisoner-of-war camp outside Yokohama, Harris was continuously starved, tortured, and beaten, but he never surrendered. Teaching himself Japanese, he eavesdropped on the guards and created secret codes to communicate with fellow prisoners. After liberation on August 30, 1945, Bill represented American Marine POWs during the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay before joining his father and flying to a home he had not seen in four years.

Midnight Train Podcast
The Most Dangerous Gangs; Part One of...

Midnight Train Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 132:56


Patreon... because you want to support our goofy asses www.patreon.com/accidentaldads  So thank you to a beautiful and wonderful listener, we decided to do an addendum to our top police stings and follow it up with the top most dangerous mobs/gangs of all time.  La Cosa Nostra One of the biggest threats to American civilization from organized crime is the Cosa Nostra, sometimes referred to as the "Mob" or the "Mafia," which sprang from the Sicilian Mafia. The term "La Cosa Nostra," used by the US government, and "Cosa Nostra" by its members literally translates to "this thing of ours" or "our thing." This international organization of criminals, made up of many "families," is committed to combating crime and defending its members. These organized and major racketeering activities are being carried out by these crime families or groups, which are connected by kinship or by conspiracy. A wide range of illicit activities, including as murder, extortion, drug trafficking, government corruption, gambling, infiltrating lawful enterprises, labor racketeering, loan sharking, prostitution, pornography, tax fraud schemes, and stock manipulation are also engaged in by them. The Cosa Nostra is most prevalent in the urban areas of New York City, New England, and portions of New Jersey, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Chicago. The Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese, and Lucchese families are among the prominent ones in the New York City region. Sometimes, members and associates of one La Cosa Nostra family collaborate with members of other La Cosa Nostra families to carry out joint criminal activities.   Within these families, members collaborate on "crews" that are commanded by a "capo" or "captain," who is in charge of overseeing his crew's illicit actions and offering them assistance and safety. The crews are made up of trusted outsiders known as "associates" and "made" members known as "soldiers." An associate must be of Italian heritage, have proven their capacity to make money for the Family, and have shown a willingness to use violence in order to become a "made member" of the Family. The three highest-ranking members who manage the Family are the Boss or Acting Boss, the Underboss, and the Consigliere, or advisor. Cosa Nostra has its origins in Italian organized crime, although it has existed as a distinct organization for a long time. It still collaborates with many criminal organizations with Italian headquarters today in a variety of illicit operations.    Labor racketeering, in which it attempts to dominate, manage, and control a labor movement in order to have an impact on associated businesses and industries, is one of its main sources of income, power, and influence. Organized criminal organizations may profit greatly from labor unions, particularly their pension, welfare, and health funds. The mafia tries to regulate these schemes by giving businesses "sweetheart" contracts, cordial worker relations, and weak work regulations, or by manipulating union elections. Large cities like New York, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and Philadelphia that have robust industrial bases and labor unions tend to be the epicenters of labor law infractions. Additionally, there are several organized criminal characters in these cities. Labor racketeering costs the American public millions of dollars annually through increased labor expenses that are ultimately passed on to consumers, according to many FBI investigations.   In order to investigate potential violations of labor law, the FBI collaborates closely with other governmental organizations and uses methods such as electronic surveillance, covert operations, use of secret sources, and victim interviews. The passing of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) in 1970 was the one event that helped more than anything else to deter organized crime. The agencies were able to work more effectively as a result of this action because they could target the entire corrupt organization rather than incarcerating individuals who might simply be replaced by other members or affiliates of organized crime.   The first known Sicilian Mafia member to immigrate to the United States was Giuseppe Esposito. After assassinating 11 rich landowners, the chancellor and vice chancellor of a Sicilian province, and six other Sicilians, he escaped to New York. In 1881, he was detained in New Orleans, Louisiana, and then sent back to Italy.    The nation's first significant Mafia event occurred in New Orleans. Police Superintendent David Hennessey of New Orleans was executed on October 15, 1890. Numerous Sicilians were detained, and 19 were ultimately charged with the crime. An acquittal spread allegations of widespread corruption and scared witnesses away. On March 14, 1891, a group of angry New Orleans residents formed a lynch mob and murdered 11 out of the 19 defendants. Eight managed to flee, nine were shot, and two were hanged.   As different gangs gained and lost power throughout the years, the American Mafia changed. The Black Hand gangs in the early 1900s, the Five Points Gang in New York City in the 1910s and 1920s, and Al Capone's Syndicate in Chicago in the 1920s were a few of the earliest.   The Italian Mafia factions started fighting during Prohibition for exclusive control of lucrative bootlegging networks. They struggled for dominance of bootlegging alongside Jewish and Irish ethnic gangs. By the conclusion of the decade, two Italian organizations were competing for dominance of the nation's criminal underworld. Joe Masseria, the head of the Genovese criminal family, oversaw one gang, while Salvatore Maranzano, who oversaw the Bonanno crime family, oversaw the other. The deadly Castellammarese War, which raged from February 1930 to April 15, 1931, was the result of the rivalry's escalation. When Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Masseria's senior soldier, and Salvatore Maranzano planned to have Masseria assassinated, the battle came to an end.   Maranzano eventually rose to prominence as the nation's most powerful Mafia leader, referring to himself as "Boss of Bosses." Maranzano designed the organization's code of conduct, set the conflict resolution processes, and split New York City into five families. Charles "Lucky" Luciano was designated as the leader of the Genovese family, as it eventually came to be known.   Maranzano's leadership position would, however, be transitory. Maranzano preferred to exclusively associate with Sicilians and upheld the traditions of the purported "Old World Mafia '' by refusing to cooperate with non-Italians. Younger Italian organized crime figures like Luciano believed that limiting their business dealings to Italians would restrict both the development of their individual careers and the possible expansion of their criminal empires. As long as there was money to be made, these men—known as the "Young Turks''—wanted to deal with Irish and Jewish gangsters.   Marazano quickly saw Luciano as a threat and gave the order to kill him. On September 10, 1931, Marazano was murdered by a group of mobsters at his office in the New York Central Building when Luciano learned about the scheme.   In order to prevent future Mafia battles, Lucky Luciano formed "The Commission," a coalition of five Mafia families of similar magnitude, with the aid of his lifelong buddy, Meyer Lansky. Vincent Mangano, Tommy Gagliano, Joseph Bonanno, and Joseph Profaci served as the commission's other leaders. After then, this panel made decisions about all organized criminal activity throughout the 1930s. The leaders of the Chicago Outfit and the Five Families of New York City reportedly still make up the Commission.   The organized crime groups quickly diversified into new businesses after Prohibition ended in 1933 because they were unable to maintain the high profits they had made throughout the 1920s. These new businesses included labor racketeering through the control of labor unions, construction, loan sharking, extortion, protection rackets, sanitation, transportation, prostitution, and drug trafficking.   In Las Vegas, Nevada's legal casinos by the 1950s, numerous Mafia leaders had made legitimate investments and were skimming money before it was recorded. It is assumed that the sum was in the hundreds of millions of dollars.   For years, the Mafia operated in secrecy with little opposition from the law because local law enforcement authorities lacked the tools or expertise necessary to successfully confront organized crime perpetrated by a covert organization they were unaware even existed.   It wasn't until 1951 that a U.S. Senate investigation concluded that this country was home to a "sinister criminal organization," subsequently known as La Cosa Nostra. Six years later, in the little upstate New York hamlet of Apalachin, The New York State Police discovered a gathering of important La Cosa Nostra officials from all across the nation. Numerous guests were taken into custody. The incident served as the impetus for altering how organized crime is combated by law enforcement.   Joe Valachi, the first Mafia member to turn state's evidence in 1963, divulged extensive details about the organization's inner workings and trade secrets. After then, the National Crime Syndicate of the Mafia was aggressively attacked by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Although the Mafia came under additional pressure as a result, its illegal operations were not significantly reduced.   However, the Nevada State Legislature's passage of a measure in 1969 that made it simpler for companies to run casinos caused the Mafia's power in the Las Vegas economy to start to decline. A year later, the RICO Act was approved by the US Congress, giving law enforcement extra power to go after the mafia for its criminal operations. By the start of the 1980s, the FBI had achieved success when it was able to free Las Vegas casinos from Mafia rule and made a concerted effort to weaken the Mafia's grip on labor unions.   23 mafia bosses from all throughout the country were found guilty of violating the RICO statute between 1981 and 1992. By 1990, almost 1000 members of criminal families had been found guilty. While many Mafia organizations around the nation were severely damaged, the most powerful families continued to control crime in their regions.   The Mafia has persisted in engaging in a wide range of illicit operations into the twenty-first century, including extortion, government corruption, gambling, infiltration into lawful firms, labor racketeering, loan sharking, and more. Today, Chicago and the Northeast still account for the majority of its operations.   La Cosa Nostra's organizational structure has not altered since the 1930s, and Cosa Nostra has operated for more than a century in a variety of guises.   Camorra Mafia   Now We talked about the American Mob, and we hear about them a lot, so let's talk about the True Italian Mafia, The Camorra.   Due to that gang's effect on American organized crime, the term "Mafia" has come to symbolize all forms of organized crime in popular culture. However, that phrase is really the name of the organized criminal gang rooted in Sicily, according to Mafia historian Umberto Santino's study of Mafia and Mafia-type groups in Italy. The 'Ndrangheta, from Calabria, the Sacra Corona Unita, from Apulia, and the Camorra, from Campania, the area that includes the city of Naples, are further "Mafia-type" groups.   The history of the Camorra is "particularly discontinuous," according to Santino. Despite having origins that may go as far back as 15th-century Spain, sources like Britannica claim that the organization first rose to prominence in the 19th century. Santino, however, claims that the organization's current form dates back to the late 1950s, when local criminal organizations in Campania started using the term "camorra." In the 1960s, these organizations expanded and became increasingly effective at smuggling cigarettes.   In this decade, they also forged advantageous relationships with a number of Neapolitan Mafia factions, which in the 1970s led to the development of profitable black market drug trafficking. However, there is one key distinction between the Cosa Nostra, sometimes known as the Mafia, and the Camorra. While the Mafia has a top-down, pyramidal structure of authority, the Camorra has a more dispersed system of small organizations, or "clans," that hold power. The Camorra has found success with its organizational structure, and as a result, is currently more powerful than the Sicilian Mafia.   According to Santino, the Camorra has 7,000 members spread throughout its 145 clans. The Camorra is the most prosperous and feared criminal gang in Italy thanks to its domination over the trafficking in narcotics including cocaine and heroin. The Independent published a story in 2006 about an Italian author named Roberto Saviano who wrote a book that revealed a few more details about the Camorra than the gang would have wanted. He had excellent reason to worry for his life. "This sprawling network of criminal gangs, according to [Saviano]," wrote reporter Peter Popham, "now dwarfs both the original Mafia of Sicily, the 'Ndrangheta and southern Italy's other organized gangs, in numbers, in economic power and in ruthless violence."   The New York Times reported that Saviano's book Gomorra was a "literary sensation" that sold more than 500,000 copies, but it also resulted in death threats and compelled him to go into hiding because it depicted gang violence, drug trafficking, child soldiers, and other aspects of the Camorra's business that the gang would prefer to keep hidden from the outside world. Aspects like the rampant government corruption, which causes trash to pile up in the streets car-high, or the fact that the Camorra has killed much more people recently than the Sicilian Mafia and made Campania one of the most deadly regions in Europe.   Sicily is where the Mafia that we know and admire today originated. They first appeared at some time in the late 19th century, and over the next 150 years or so, they expanded all over the world and became involved in just about everything. It has long been a mystery how this highly ordered system came to be, but new study from the University of Nottingham suggests that it all began with lemons.   Sicily discovered they had the ideal mixture to develop a lucrative crop in the late 1800s. Despite having the greatest concentration of lemon trees in all of Italy, they also faced a particular set of issues. Lemon farmers eventually turned to hiring their own private protection firms to protect their investment and themselves because of factors such as a wealthy upper class that exploited the peasant class to the fullest, a glaring lack of public law enforcement, and a government that really wasn't keeping the peace. Add a few more elements now: Sicily's location on a key Mediterranean trade route, the rapidly expanding citrus industry, and the demand for private security forces to safeguard interests make it the ideal location for the Mafia to establish itself.   Don Calo Vizzini was at the head of the Villalba Mafia during World War II, and he may have said it best. He was quoted by the University of Nottingham paper as saying, "In every society there has to be a category of people who straighten things out when situations get complicated. Usually they're functionaries of the state. Where the state is not present, or where it does not have sufficient force, this is done by private individuals."   The roots of the Camorra have speculated that it originated from a secret 12th century organization of assassins.   The Beati Paoli were a Sicilian group that originated in the 12th century; no one knows why they were given that name, although it's presumably religious in nature. The tale claims that they formed in response to the persecution of the aristocratic class, and the majority of what we know comes from Francesco Maria Emanuele, Marquis of Villabianca. They not only attracted each and everyone to their cause, but they also created a hierarchy akin to a royal court. From there, they set up security services, employed themselves as paid killers, and... well, secrets prevent us from knowing what else. Since they obviously had an underground hideout, we do know that it was accessible through the crypt of a Palermo church.   There are even reports that the Camorra had a lot to do with helping the allies sabotage Mussollini in World War 2. Much information was originally written up as German control and sabotage during this time but many years after, with arrests of many members, documents were found that showed that the Camorra and other factions helped screw over Ol' Mussollini.   Crips   The Crips were only a social group, as one Original Gangster (OG) put it, and by most accounts, he is right (Kontos 99, 2003). While there are numerous uneven areas throughout the turbulent history of the Crips, there are also recurring themes. However, unlike the violent, frequently fatal incidents connected with the Crips, which are frequently portrayed with dramatic exaggeration, the genuine components of the narrative do not make for riveting television. Many OGs and gang members have voiced their shock and disappointment at how the Crips have been portrayed, while still admitting the group's flaws and its final transition from activism to gangsterism. Debra Addie Smith, a close friend of the founder of the Crips, once expressed that she “was wondering when someone was gonna finally tell the real story about the Crips”.   The Black Panther movement was being dismantled by the police, who were making "mass arrests, incarcerations, and deaths of black teenagers by the police," which led to the formation of the Crips, a grassroots group mostly made up of African-Americans. The CRIPS (Community Resources for Independent People) emerged in South Central Los Angeles, California, in 1969 with a message of resistance and justice during a period of despair and pessimism within the black community, following the ultimate dissolution of the Black Panther movement. Raymond Washington, a "fearless and strong 5-foot-8 fireplug who liked to fight and detested guns," is credited with founding the gang. He finally distanced himself and was killed as the Crips started using guns and formed a feud with the Bloods.   Stanley Tookie Williams met Raymond Lee Washington in 1969, and the two decided to unite their local gang members from the west and east sides of South Central Los Angeles in order to battle neighboring street gangs. Most of the members were 17 years old. Williams however appears to discount the sometimes-cited founding date of 1969 in his memoir, Blue Rage, Black Redemption. In his memoir, Williams also refuted claims that the group was a spin-off of the Black Panther Party or formed for a community agenda, writing that it "depicted a fighting alliance against street gangs—nothing more, nothing less." Washington, who attended Fremont High School, was the leader of the East Side Crips, and Williams, who attended Washington High School, led the West Side Crips.   Williams recalled that a blue bandana was first worn by Crips founding member Buddha, as a part of his color-coordinated clothing of blue Levis, a blue shirt, and dark blue suspenders. A blue bandana was worn in tribute to Buddha after he was shot and killed on February 23, 1973. The color then became associated with Crips.   By 1978, there were 45 Crip gangs, called sets, in Los Angeles. They were heavily involved in the production of PCP, marijuana and amphetamines. On March 11, 1979, Williams, a member of the Westside Crips, was arrested for four murders and on August 9, 1979, Washington was gunned down. Washington had been against Crip infighting and after his death several Crip sets started fighting against each other. The Crips' leadership was dismantled, prompting a deadly gang war between the Rollin' 60 Neighborhood Crips and Eight Tray Gangster Crips that led nearby Crip sets to choose sides and align themselves with either the Neighborhood Crips or the Gangster Crips, waging large-scale war in South Central and other cities. The East Coast Crips (from East Los Angeles) and the Hoover Crips directly severed their alliance after Washington's death. By 1980, the Crips were in turmoil, warring with the Bloods and against each other. The gang's growth and influence increased significantly in the early 1980s when crack cocaine hit the streets and Crip sets began distributing the drug. Large profits induced many Crips to establish new markets in other cities and states. As a result, Crips membership grew steadily and the street gang was one of the nation's largest by the late 1980s. In 1999, there were at least 600 Crip sets with more than 30,000 members transporting drugs in the United States.   Funny side note: As of 2015, the Crips gang consists of between approximately 30,000 and 35,000 members and 800 sets, active in 221 cities and 41 U.S. states. The states with the highest estimated number of Crip sets are California, Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. Members typically consist of young African American men, but can be white, Hispanic, Asian, and Pacific Islander. The gang also began to establish a presence in Canada in the early 1990s; Crip sets are active in the Canadian cities of Montreal and Toronto.   Bloods   The Bloods gang was first established in Los Angeles as a defense against the Crips. The Pirus street gang, which was initially a group of the Crips, split out during an internal gang battle, united with other minor gangs to create the gang that would later become known as the Bloods, which is where the Bloods' origins and their rivalry with the Crips begin. At the time, there were three more Crips sets than Bloods sets. Despite this disparity in numbers, Bloods sets became more aggressive, especially towards rival Crips members, in an effort to demonstrate their dominance. Therefore, it is believed that the Pirus were the original Bloods founders. The gang's concentration changed to drug manufacture during the emergence of crack. The United Blood Nation, a gang that started out on Rikers Island, is frequently associated with blood sets on the East Coast.   The George Motchan Detention Center (GMDC), often known as C 73, is located on Rikers Island and is home to the United Blood Nation, also known as the Bloods. Problem offenders were separated from the rest of the jail facilities using GMDC. The Latin Kings were the most prominent and well-organized gang in the NYC jail system before this time. The majority-Hispanic Latin Kings were violently abusing White and occasionally African American prisoners. These African American prisoners created a defense organization they named the United Blood Nation after being organized by some of the most aggressive and charismatic prisoners. This prison group, United Blood Nation, was copying the Bloods street gangs in Los Angeles. Eight initial Blood sets were formed by many of the leaders of this freshly formed prison gang to recruit in their local communities around New York City.   By 1996, the Blood street gang had grown to include thousands of members and was becoming one of the most powerful gangs in existence. It also kept up a regular recruiting push. The Bloods were at this point less organized and more vicious than other gangs. Numerous slashings (attacks with a razor blade or knife) that were recorded during robberies were later determined to be Bloods initiations. The Bloods' signature ceremony was the Blood ritual. Bloods found recruits all throughout the East Coast.   In addition to members of other races and ethnicities, African Americans make up the majority of the Bloods. Early adolescence to mid-twenties is the average age of members, however some continue to retain leadership roles well into their late twenties and, on occasion, their thirties. Although there is no one person who can be identified as the Bloods' national leader, each individual Bloods set has a hierarchical leadership structure with distinct degrees of membership. Status within a gang is indicated by these membership levels. Each set is managed by a leader, who is often an older person with a longer criminal history. A fixed leader is not chosen; instead, he or she exerts themselves through creating and overseeing the gang's illicit businesses, using their reputation for brutality and violence as well as their own charisma to do so. The majority of the cast members are "soldiers," and they range in age from 16 to 22. Because of their readiness to use violence to win the respect of gang members and to deal with anybody who "disrespects" the set, soldiers have a strong feeling of dedication to their set and are very dangerous. Although they are not full members, "associates" participate in a variety of illegal acts and identify with the gang. If any women are involved in the gang, they are often associate members and are frequently employed by their male counterparts to carry guns, store narcotics, or engage in self-prostitution in order to support their group.   The surroundings of a recruit frequently affects recruitment. Bloods actively seek for school-age African Americans in particularly impoverished regions. Youth might find security and a sense of belonging by joining a gang. Economically deprived children who observe the trappings of gang life—gold jewelry, cash, pricey sportswear—can likewise experience instant satisfaction.   Based on how long a person has been a part of a certain set, blood sets have an informal hierarchy of levels.   The ranks are only a symbol of respect for individuals who have been a part of the set the longest and have survived the longest; they do not indicate leadership or domination over the set. Bloods of lesser ranks are not subject to those in positions of authority. Bloods of lesser status frequently refer to Bloods of higher rank as "Big Homies." They also call one another "relatives." Once a person joins a Blood set, they cannot quit the set or flip (move to another set) for the rest of their lives.   Members of the Bloods frequently refer to themselves as dawgs or ballers, HKs (an initialism for Hoover-Killer), CKs (an initialism for Crip-Killer), and MOBs (an initialism for Member of Bloods) (meaning drug dealers). Contrary to popular belief, Bloods & Crips are typically friendly amongst sets. Although it is against the law, bloods sometimes engage in civil war with one another. For example, the deuce 2x Crips and tray 3x Crips are at war, and they frequently work with Crip sets to eliminate their fellow blood competitors.   The many gang indicators used by Bloods members to distinguish themselves from other gangs include colors, attire, emblems, tattoos, jewelry, graffiti, language, and hand signals. Red is the gang's primary color. They like donning athletic attire, such as team coats that display their gang's colors. San Francisco 49ers, Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Portland Trailblazers, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Clippers, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia 76ers, and Chicago Bulls are a few of their favorite clubs.   The most commonly used Bloods symbols include the number “5,” the five pointed star, and the five pointed crown. Despite common misconception Bloods are not a people nation (with the exception of a few) but they will however tie flags with the people for defense or mutually such as how the Crips & BGDs consider themselves cousins. These symbols may be seen in the tattoos, jewelry, and clothing that gang members wear as well as in gang graffiti, which is used by the Bloods to mark their territory. Such graffiti can include gang names, nicknames, declaration of loyalty, threats against rival gangs, or a description of criminal acts in which the gang has been involved. Bloods graffiti might also include the word “Piru” which refers to the fact that the first known Bloods gang was formed by individuals from Piru Street in Compton, California. Yakuza   During the Tokugawa Shogunate (1603–1868), two distinct groups of outcasts gave rise to the yakuza. The tekiya were the first of such groups; they were nomadic peddlers who moved from village to village selling cheap things at fairs and markets. Many tekiya belonged to the burakumin social class, which was essentially underneath the four-tiered Japanese feudal social order and consisted of misfits or "non-humans."   The tekiya started forming close-knit gangs in the early 1700s under the direction of bosses and underbosses. The tekiya began to engage in customary organized crime operations including turf battles and protection rackets after being strengthened by fugitives from the upper classes. In keeping with a long-standing custom, tekiya frequently provided security for Shinto festivals and, in exchange for payment for protection, assigned stalls at the associated fairs.   Between 1735 and 1749, the shogun's government appointed oyabun, or officially recognized leaders, in an effort to quell gang conflicts among various tekiya factions and lessen the amount of fraud they engaged in. The oyabun was given the privilege of using a surname and carrying a sword, which was previously reserved for samurai. The term "oyabun," which refers to the bosses' roles as the leaders of their tekiya families, literally means "foster parent."   The bakuto, or gamblers, were the second social group that gave rise to the yakuza. During the Tokugawa era, gambling was outright prohibited and is still outlawed in Japan today. The bakuto hit the highways and preyed on gullible prey using hanafuda card games or dice games. They frequently adorned their bodies with vibrant tattoos, which gave rise to the practice of full-body tattooing among modern yakuza. The bakuto naturally expanded from their primary line of work as gamblers into lending shady business and other illicit pursuits.   Depending on how they make the majority of their money, certain yakuza groups may still refer to themselves as tekiya or bakuto. They still use the rites that were a component of the initiation ceremonies of the older organizations.   Yakuza gangs have seen a rise in prominence since the end of World War II following a decline during the conflict. More than 102,000 yakuza members in 2,500 different families were reported to be employed in Japan and overseas by the Japanese government in 2007. Despite the burakumin being officially exempt from discrimination since 1861, many gang members today are descended from that marginalized group. Others are ethnic Koreans, who are also subjected to a great deal of prejudice in Japanese society.   The distinctive characteristics of modern yakuza culture bear traces of the gangs' antecedents. For instance, a large number of yakuza have full-body tattoos that were applied with conventional bamboo or steel needles as opposed to sophisticated tattooing guns. Even the genitalia may be tattooed, which is a very unpleasant ritual. Although they typically wear long sleeves in public, the yakuza members frequently take their shirts off while playing cards with one other and show off their body art as a reference to the bakuto customs.   The practice of yubitsume, or cutting off the little finger's joint, is another aspect of yakuza culture. When a yakuza member disobeys or otherwise offends his boss, he will perform a yubitsume as an apology. The offender provides the boss with the top joint of his left pinkie finger, which he has amputated. Subsequent offenses result in the loss of other finger joints.   This practice dates back to the Tokugawa era; the gangster's sword grip is weakened by the loss of finger joints, theoretically making him more reliant on the group as a whole for defense. To blend in, many yakuza members wear prosthetic fingertips today.   The three biggest yakuza organizations currently in existence are the Sumiyoshi-kai, which started in Osaka and has about 20,000 members, the Yamaguchi-gumi, centered in Kobe, with 15,000 members, and the Inagawa-kai, located in Tokyo and Yokohama, with 20,000 members. The gangs engage in illegal activities such the trafficking of people and goods, the exportation of weapons, and the smuggling of illegal drugs. They do, however, also own a sizable amount of stock in well-established companies, and some of them are well-connected to the Japanese financial, banking, and real estate industries.   It's interesting to note that the Yamaguchi-gumi were the first to assist victims in the gang's hometown after the tragic Kobe earthquake of January 17, 1995. Similar to this, many yakuza organizations delivered truckloads of goods to the afflicted area following the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. The yakuza also has the strange benefit of suppressing small-time criminals. Because small-fry thieves don't intrude on yakuza turf, Kobe and Osaka, with their strong yakuza syndicates, are among the safest cities in an overall safe country.   The Japanese government has clamped down on the gangs in recent decades despite these unexpected social benefits of the yakuza. A strong new anti-racketeering law known as the Act for Prevention of Unlawful Activities by Criminal Gang Members was passed in March 1995. All of the listed businesses with ties to the yakuza were removed from the Osaka Securities Exchange in 2008. Yakuza bosses have been detained by authorities since 2009, and businesses that support the gangs have been closed down.   Even though the police are currently working very hard to quell yakuza activities in Japan, it appears improbable that the syndicates would completely vanish. After all, they have endured for more than 300 years and are intricately linked to many facets of Japanese society and culture.   Mara Salvatrucha(MS-13)   La Mara Salvatrucha, also referred to as MS-13, is a ruthless, inhumane street gang. As many as 40 states in the United States are now home to MS-13 members who commit murder, rape, maiming, and terror. Legendary tales exist of their heinous crimes.   No one contests the veracity of these statements. MS-13, like many street gangs, actually takes pride in its well-deserved image. The U.S. Department of Justice claims that the group's motto is "kill, rape, control."   If you believe President Donald Trump and others, America's broken immigration system is to blame for MS-13. The belief is that the United States will be a lot safer if it can stop MS-13 gang members from committing all of their mayhem, deport them, and stop them from crossing the border.   Unfortunately, things don't work that way.   "Attention to gangs is valid. About 13 percent of the homicides in this country are gang related. That's far more homicides than from mass shootings or terrorism," David Pyrooz, a sociologist at the University of Colorado who specializes in gangs and criminal networks, says. "But let's remember this. The maximum number of homicides associated with MS-13 in a given year — gang-related homicides — is about 2 percent of the total ... gang-related homicides in the United States. That is, I hate to use this language, but that is in many ways a drop in the bucket when it comes to gang activity."   "MS-13 is sort of the perfect boogeyman," Pyrooz says. "They are the moral panic; the connection to immigration, the connection to Latinos, and then the heinous violence, makes it so they can function as this evil boogeyman."   It's frequently forgotten in discussions of MS-13 that the organization didn't start out in Latin America and then storm the border to wreak havoc on the American way of life.   The gang was founded in the United States in the 1970s. El Salvadoran immigrants went to Los Angeles in an effort to escape a devastating civil conflict. There, they lived in areas of the city that were already under the influence of other gangs, used marijuana, and listened to heavy metal music. La Mara Salvatrucha was created when the newcomers came together to socialize and to defend themselves from other groups.   A brief explanation of the group name is as follows: In El Salvador, the word for "gang" is "mara." Here is an explanation of "Salvatrucha" and the subsequent 13 (again, from the DOJ):   Salvatrucha is a slang term for "alert," "watch out," or "cunning," and it combines the terms "Salva," which stands for "Salvadoran," and "trucha." The "13" stands for the 13th letter of the alphabet, or "M," signifying the group's ties to the Mexican Mafia, an organization that operates inside prisons.   Police started to crack down as the new gang confronted more established organizations in Los Angeles and linked up with other gangs (including the Mexican Mafia), deporting some members to El Salvador, where civil instability remained rife.   However, some of those MS-13 members returned to the United States in the 1980s, and others from El Salvador joined them. However, it seems unlikely that there was a premeditated influx of gang members from Latin America into the country.   "Criminal migration is real," according to "MS13 in the Americas: How the World's Most Notorious Gang Defies Logic, Resists Destruction," a report by The Center for Latin American & Latino Studies at American University in Washington D.C., and Insight Crime, a foundation that studies organized crime in Latin America and the Caribbean. "But this does not appear to be part of a master plan, nor is it coordinated from some central headquarters. Gang members appear to move in the same patterns as the rest of the population, and many of them move to escape the gang and the violence associated with it."   Currently, MS-13 claims to have 10,000 members in the United States and 30,000 members worldwide. Thus, it ranks among the largest gangs in the entire world. The group is the first and only street gang to be listed as a global criminal organization by the American government.   Despite its size, MS-13 does not have a particularly significant criminal presence in the United States when compared to the total number of gang members in the nation. The National Gang Intelligence Center estimates that there are 1.4 million gang members nationally, and MS-13 is just one of the 33,000 gangs that the FBI has identified.   "What's interesting about them, what makes them different from other groups — partly in response to what the president has been tweeting and talking about them" Pyrooz says, "we can't think of an example in recent history of a single group that has attracted such attention on a national level."   According to news reports and those who have investigated the MS-13 gang, its members engage in money laundering, prostitution, drug trafficking, racketeering, and other illicit activities. They are extremely brutal in how they do their street business. The group has been implicated in numerous violent assaults, kidnappings, rapes, and most infamously, some horrifying murders.   "Gang violence is far more lethal than what it was four or five decades ago," Pyrooz says.   From "MS-13 in the Americas": "Violence is a major part of the glue that binds the MS-13. It is part of every stage of an MS-13 member's life: Potential members commit violent acts to be considered for membership and ultimately to gain entry; they are then beaten into the gang in a ritual that has left more than one permanently scarred; they move up the gang ladder by 'putting in the work' and showing 'commitment,' euphemisms for committing violent acts in the name of the gang."   According to the Washington Post, up to 10 MS-13 members lured a guy into a park in Maryland in 2017 before stabbing him more than 100 times, beheading him, and chopping out his heart. In vengeance for her boyfriend's murder, an 18-year-old Virginia lady admitted to taking part in the killing of a 15-year-old girl. The 18-year-old killed the younger girl by stabbing her 13 times and recorded it to show MS-13 leaders.   "It's hard to say that the attention is not undue or not deserved," Pyrooz says. "But it's hard to be able to focus specifically on them without paying more attention to what the problem of gang activity is in the United States as a whole." The 25 Best Gang Movies of All Time - IMDb

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Coffee with the Chicken Ladies
Episode 90 Yokohama Chicken / Coop and Run Substrate / Cheesy Zucchini Muffins / Mini Farmers Sanctuary

Coffee with the Chicken Ladies

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 50:22 Very Popular


In this episode we spotlight the critically endangered Yokohama chicken. We break down the most useful types of substrate for your chicken run, help you use up some of your summer bounty with our recipe for cheesy zucchini muffins, and have an interview with Jessi of the Mini Farmers Sanctuary.Our sponsor, Grubbly Farms, is offering our listeners 30% off your purchase for first time buyers! That's a fantastic value! This offer does not apply to subscriptions and cannot be used with any other discounts. Click here for our affiliate link and use our code CWTCL30 to get your discount.Chicken Luv Box -  use CWTCL50 for 50% off your first box of any multi-month subscription!https://www.chickenluv.com/Strong Animals Chicken Essentialshttps://www.getstronganimals.com/Yokohama Chicken at Murray McMurray Hatcheryhttps://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/red_shouldered_yokohama.htmlNestera UShttps://nestera.us/Nestera on Amazon.comUse our code - CWTCLP10Roosty'shttps://amzn.to/3yMDJxECheesy Zucchini Muffinshttps://coffeewiththechickenladies.com/farm-fresh-egg-recipes/cheesy-zucchini-muffins/Mini Farmer's Sanctuaryhttps://theminifarmers.com/homeCWTCL Websitehttps://coffeewiththechickenladies.com/CWTCL Etsy Shophttps://www.etsy.com/shop/CoffeeWChickenLadiesCWTCL Amazon Recommendationshttps://www.amazon.com/shop/coffeewiththechickenladiesSupport the show

Arroe Collins
Dan Hampton Releases The Book Valor

Arroe Collins

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 12:05


Dan Hampton brings us the action-packed story of an American hero, Lieutenant Bill Harris, who survived a harrowing imprisonment in a Japanese POW camp during WWII. Through an unpublished memoir provided by Harris' daughter, military documents and personal photos Harris' experiences are dramatically revealed. William Frederick “Bill” Harris was 25 years old when captured by Japanese forces during the Battle of Corregidor in May 1942. This son of a decorated Marine general escaped from hell on earth by swimming eight hours through a shark-infested bay; but his harrowing ordeal had just begun. Evading and fighting for months, he embarked on another agonizing voyage to Australia, but was betrayed by treacherous islanders and handed over to the Japanese. Held for two years in the notorious Ofuna prisoner-of-war camp outside Yokohama, Harris was continuously starved, tortured, and beaten, but he never surrendered. Teaching himself Japanese, he eavesdropped on the guards and created secret codes to communicate with fellow prisoners. After liberation on August 30, 1945, Bill represented American Marine POWs during the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay before joining his father and flying to a home he had not seen in four years.

Manga Machinations
408 - Triple Dip 64 - Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou, Marvel's Secret Reverse, Wolverine: SNIKT!

Manga Machinations

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2022 108:23


On this episode we answer some emails, dakazu finishes rewatching Black Clover, and Morgana is enjoying Netflix's The Sandman. Then we get into a new Triple Dip episode by examining the Marvel manga crossovers of Marvel's Secret Reverse and Wolverine: SNIKT!, along with the official release of Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou!!! Send us emails! mangamachinations@gmail.com  Follow us on Twitter! @mangamacpodcast Check out our website! https://mangamachinations.com Check out our YouTube channel! https://www.youtube.com/mangamactv Buy us a Kofi! https://ko-fi.com/mangamac Timestamps: Intro Song: “Are You Ready For Me Baby” by Funky Giraffe, Opening, Introductions, Elden Ring - 00:00:00  Listener Mail: Recent hobby obsessions - 00:03:42 Reading all of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure - 00:15:13 Our picks for the Fall 2022 anime season - 00:23:53 Whatchu Been Reading: Transition Song: “Funkymania” by The Original Orchestra, dakazu and his wife finished watching all 170 episodes of Black Clover - 00:32:07 Morgana and dakazu give their first impressions of Netflix's The Sandman - 00:33:31 Next Episode Preview and Rundown: Triple Dip, We will read and compare three different manga from Yen Press, including: Lost Lad London by Shima Shinya, Kowloon Generic Romance by Jun Mayuzuki, and Heterogenia Linguistico by Salt Seno - 00:40:02  Main Segment Triple Dip: Wolverine: SNIKT!/Marvel's Secret Reverse/Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou, Transition Song: “It's Over” by Generation Lost, We read the first volume of three different manga for discussion and to see if we'd continue reading it before picking our favorite,  Including: - 00:41:28 Wolverine: SNIKT! by Tsutomu Nihei - 00:42:52 Marvel's Secret Reverse by Kazuki Takahashi - 00:59:00 Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou by Hitoshi Ashinano - 01:20:08 We pick our favorite out of the three manga - 01:44:53 Next Week's Topic: Lost Lad London/Kowloon Generic Romance/Heterogenia Linguistico, Social Media Rundown, Sign Off Song: “Crazy for Your Love” by Orkas - 01:46:38

Interviews by Brainard Carey

Photo portrait by Kicca Tommasi Jorge Macchi is a  visual artist. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1963. Lives and works in Buenos Aires. In 2001 he was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. He had three major retrospectives of his work: Perspectiva at MALBA Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires, in 2016, Music Stand Still at S.M.A.K the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium in 2011, and The anatomy of melancholy at Santander Cultural, 2007, Blanton Museum, 2007 and CGAC, Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo, 2008, He represented Argentina at the Venice Biennial in 2005. He took part in the Biennials of Liverpool 2012, Lyon 2011, Yokohama 2008, Porto Alegre 2007, Venezia 2005, San Pablo 2004, Estambul 2003, Porto Alegre 2003. Parallel lives, Jorge Macchi. Courtesy the artist. All the words of the world, Edouard Fraipont. Courtesy Galeria Luisa Srina, Sao Paulo. Bone exposed, Joerg Lohse. Courtesy Alexander and Bonin Gallery, NY

Krewe of Japan
Drifting & Street Racing in Japan ft. Albo Agunday (Part 2)

Krewe of Japan

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 48:21


This week on Krewe of Japan... Picking right back up where that cliff-hanger left off, Part 2 of our 2-part sit-down with Albo Agunday of Albo Media features a more granular deep dive into street racing & drifting in Japan. Albo shares insight into the techniques of drifting and racing, some personal close calls, misconceptions of drifting and street racing in pop culture, considerations that come with a street racing car (maintenance & costs), and so much more! ------ About the Krewe ------The Krewe of Japan Podcast is a weekly episodic podcast sponsored by the Japan Society of New Orleans. Check them out every Friday afternoon around noon CST on Apple, Google, Spotify, Amazon, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.  Want to share your experiences with the Krewe? Or perhaps you have ideas for episodes, feedback, comments, or questions? Let the Krewe know by e-mail at kreweofjapanpodcast@gmail.com or on social media (Twitter: @kreweofjapan, Instagram: @kreweofjapanpodcast, Facebook: Krewe of Japan Podcast Page, & the Krewe of Japan Youtube Channel). Until next time, enjoy!------ More Info on Albo & Albo Media ------Albo Media on YouTubeAlbo Media on InstagramAlbo Media on PatreonAlbo Media on TwitterDrift Hunter Documentary on Facebook 

Soccer Betting Blitz
S2, Ep 9 - Will There Be An Arsenal Victory on Saturday?

Soccer Betting Blitz

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 11:02


On this edition of the Top 5 we take a look at 5 games across 4 leagues including the EPL matchup between Arsenal and Leicester. Yokohama v Shonan Arsenal v Leicester Sporting v Rio Ave Philadelphia v Chicago Austin v Sporting Kansas City --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andrew-cohee/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/andrew-cohee/support

Ramen Hunter
030 Ramen Hunting through a different lens! A discussion with The Ramen Mistress and 5AM Ramen

Ramen Hunter

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 63:37


Last year I stumbled across a new Ramen Hunter on IG who brought a perspective I've been really curious about: The Female Ramen Hunter. Kim aka The Ramen Mistress graces us with her presence and tells her story. Am joined by Frank from 5AM Ramen to navigate the discussion.Learn about how Kim got her Ramen start, life in Yokohama, and hunting as a woman. Is her shop experience the same as with guys? Are there any unique services she experiences due to her gender? Find out all these questions and more.https://www.instagram.com/ramenmistress/https://www.5amramen.com/https://www.youtube.com/c/5AMRamenhttps://www.instagram.com/5amramen/?hl=en

Garrett's Games and Geekiness
Garrett's Games 840: Yokohama Roll&Write and Kero

Garrett's Games and Geekiness

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 27:46


This week Shelley and I get ANOTHER Roll & Write version of a title we already love to the table Yokohama Roll&Write by Hisashi Hayashi from Okazu Brand then check out a 2-player game from a few years back that had been sitting on the shelf for far too long - the Mad Max imspired Kero by Prospero Hall from Hurrican You can help support the podcast by checking out our Games For Sale Google Doc. Pick out a few games that are priced to sell and then just pay shipping to have them arrive on your doorstep. You'll help keep our little podcast running and have new games ready to hit the table. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16ovRDNBqur0RiAzgFAfI0tYYnjlJ68hoHyHffU7ZDWk/edit?usp=sharing You can also support the podcast by going to www.patreon.com/garrettsgames Sorry for the less than stellar quality if the sound on this (and last week's) podcasts. I forgot to plug the recorder into the miser properly, hence the echo-y sound quality. I hope the content is still worth your time.

Krewe of Japan
Drifting & Street Racing in Japan ft. Albo Agunday (Part 1)

Krewe of Japan

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 52:37


This week on Krewe of Japan... Buckle up! In Part 1 of a 2-part series, we are hopping in the passenger seat of a Cyber S-2000 for a crash course in drifting & street racing in Japan. Jenn & Doug are joined by YouTuber and self-proclaimed Drift Hunter Albo Agunday of Albo Media to talk his interest in Japanese car culture, how he managed to break into the racing scene in Japan, & how he turned his interest into a booming YouTube channel... AND SO MUCH MORE! VROOM VROOM! Stay tuned for Part 2 next week where we get more into the technique involved, cost considerations, & more!------ About the Krewe ------The Krewe of Japan Podcast is a weekly episodic podcast sponsored by the Japan Society of New Orleans. Check them out every Friday afternoon around noon CST on Apple, Google, Spotify, Amazon, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.  Want to share your experiences with the Krewe? Or perhaps you have ideas for episodes, feedback, comments, or questions? Let the Krewe know by e-mail at kreweofjapanpodcast@gmail.com or on social media (Twitter: @kreweofjapan, Instagram: @kreweofjapanpodcast, Facebook: Krewe of Japan Podcast Page, & the Krewe of Japan Youtube Channel). Until next time, enjoy!------ More Info on Albo & Albo Media ------Albo Media on YouTubeAlbo Media on InstagramAlbo Media on PatreonAlbo Media on TwitterDrift Hunter Documentary on Facebook