Thursday, October 11, 2007
Now I don't want to ruin your impressions or memories of Japan, but I do want to tell you a story that is true and kowai (scary).
So, in this story, we'll call the good guy G. Recently, G was seriously injured. Apparently, G was walking with some other friends when a bad guy, we'll call him B, bumped into someone in G's group with his shoulder (on purpose). B turned the situation around and got mad, saying that one of the people in G's group was to blame. B is apparently associated with the yakuza (Japanese mafia) or a gang--they weren't quite sure which.
A fight broke out and in the process G's upper arm (the part above the elbow to the shoulder) was broken. G went to the hospital and has been there for the past 2 months! (apparently there were lots of bones and muscles broken and torn so the healing is slow.)
The ultimate reason B picked the fight was so that he could blackmail G for money.
Here is how B works the situation...B hits G on purpose but makes it look like it was G's fault. A fight usually will ensue and if the police get involved then B gets the personal info of G and threatens to tell G's company about what G did "to him". Since G doesn't want any trouble he needs to pay big bucks to stop B from calling his company.
In this story, B ran away and G's personal info was luckily saved, though no report is on record.
I can't believe that this kind of world exists in Japan but it does. And with the tons of people walking around on the streets, you can't help but sometimes nudge or bump into someone.
It is really nerve wracking trying not to set anyone off. You don't know what they will do or what kind of "weapons" they are packing. There have been incidents in which the criminal senselessly kills someone "just because" they felt like it.
I know most people have a really pristine, do-no-wrong image of Japan, but I wanted to share this story because this kind of thing is happening.
G, I hope you feel better soon!