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  • n. The Father. The absolute leader in a Yakuza clan. He has an advisor called a Saiko-komon. Besides that he has an army of advocates, accountants, secretaries and advisors.

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  • n. a Japanese supervisor


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From the Japanese Yakuza hierarchy


  • In point of fact, it is better that the leader or "oyabun" should not be a man of genius.

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  • “This is correct, young kobun,” a term that means “foster child” and refers to one who has pledged allegiance to an oyabun, or foster parent within a yakuza family.

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  • There, I heard Suhō ask Hosokawa, “Did you greet oyabun Noda?”

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  • He saw the oyabun appear in front of the woman so smoothly and so evenly there was no aggression in the move and in some way the woman was not frightened.

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  • He is true yakuza, living for obedience to his oyabun.

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  • However, this particular deal the under-oyabun made was with an iteki.

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  • And what of Katsuodo Kozo, the oyabun of the Yamauchi clan, who, in the summer of 1947, was found floating facedown in the Sumida River.

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  • He was referring to two men-one a prominent Yakuza oyabun, the head of a Japa - nese underworld family; the other the most influential un - aligned politico with the reputation of making or breaking the last eight prime ministers.

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  • Except that Akira Chosa, another of the Yakuza oyabun, told me much the same thing.

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  • Eventually, he had found and dispatched the would-be assassin, a particularly frightening Vietnamese named Do Duc Fujiro, along with the oyabun who had hired him.

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  • He laughs at a bright toy balloon,

    And babbles a light joyous tune.

    So ends the adventure

    In childish dementia

    Of him who had been oyabun.

    March 19, 2018