posted on Sep, 23 2009 @ 02:41 PM
The link betwen the criminal gangs of the the shogunate period, the rapid rise of the japanese industrialists, and post meji japanese imperialism is a
very interesting one indeed.
And how these relationships affected the path the world took in the early 20th century.
There are some very good older japanese films that deal with the rise in power of certain clans(gangs) that became very powerful in late tokogwa
japan, effectively ruling the countryside. Some powerful gang leaders even took the title of samurai in order to legitimize thier control.
they did all the things that organized crime does today, gambling extortion loan sharking, prostitution and so on.
due to the stict code of social classifications, many samurai though nobles were poor, while the lowest rank on the social ladder, the merchants grew
When japan opened up to the outside world, it was the merchants and the criminal underground that had the resources to exploit the market.
Its a fascinating story
the japanese secret societies had a great deal to do with how the world unfolded.
they influenced the early nazi philosopher karl haushoffer on his travels through asia.
These infulences made thier way inti the very core of nazi ideology. Black dragon operatives provided the intel for the pearl harbor raid.
As much as I hate to admit it, the ww2 internment of japanese citizens worked out for the best.
Due to the racial climate of the us at the time,had there been any acts of sabotage, the innocent population of japanese americans would have paid a
dear price, there would have been lynchings and the destruction of property.
What the real fear was that agents provecetuer would incite some basically loyal, but misguided individual into acts of violence, that they otherwise
would never have thought of.
There were acts of espionage and sabotage in other countries that had sizable japanese poulations.
But I alos think that if the gov. had said tom the japanese community,"Hey there are traitors in your midst" the community would have responded by
rooting out the questionable people, on their own.
What is scary is that there was a plan for ww2, and the black dragons were integral to it, and hitler blew it by jumping the gun and invading poland 5