Ragevx1 wrote:So, the real world isn't what it seems eh?
You may lay it up among your treasure trove of knowledge that the real Japan very seldom matches what people who have never lived here think it is. It makes for some very disillusioned gaijins.
The Yakuza are, in their own warped way, first and foremost about turning a buck. They'll do it inside the law if they can, on the thin edges of it without a qualm, and go outside of it if need be.
Yes, they do hold the concessions on many food stalls, and at your typical Japanese festival you can pretty much bet money that every stand manned by out of town folks are run by the Yakuza. They don't start trouble; they are there to turn a tidy profit off the citizenry and then return year after year to do it again. They're not ones to ass up a good thing without good cause.
Here in Kiryu, where I live, at our local festival many years ago I got a firsthand look at this. Two groups of around 30 or 40 young out-of-town self-styled wannabe thugs came to a central intersection at the festival and were about to have a good old fashioned no-holds-barred throwdown right there in the intersection. One.....read that carefully....ONE....guy in his 50s running one of the food stalls stepped out and told them to take it elsewhere away from the festival area. They all immediately stopped, then as a group peacefully proceeded to the grounds of a high school near my home, and well away from the festival, to continue their activities. I walked along, as I was going home anyway, and can attest that they did in fact do just as he told them to do.
They're business people, and they don't want negative publicity messing with their bottom line.
Never underestimate my capacity for pettiness.