7 Lessons from the Yakuza

 Youtube Direktyakuza, via Sean Bonner

Jake Adelstein, der in den letzten 19 Jahren in Japan mit den Yakuza rumgehangen hat, spricht auf der TED-Konferenz über die Dinge, die er dort gelernt hat: „Investigative Journalist and author Jake Adelstein shares his eye-opening and often eyebrow-raising insights as he leads us through his experiences with both the Yakuza and the police while reporting on crime in Japan for the last nineteen years.“

The seven lessons:
1. Know the difference between hearing and listening, and learn to listen to people.
2. Repay the kindness bestowed upon you, keep your code, all is good.
3. There are no small promises. A man’s promise should weigh more than his life.
4. It’s okay to be betrayed, just don’t be the betrayer. Betray others and you betray yourself. You won’t be able to trust anyone.
5. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. You can tell more about a man by his enemies than you can by his friends. A man with no enemies is worthless.
6. In life we only encounter the injustices we are meant to correct.
7. If you want to live well you have to die once.

TED: Hard Lessons Learned From Tough People: Jake Adelstein at TEDxKyoto 2012, Japan Subculture: Everything I Ever Needed To Know In Life I Learned From the Yakuza or The Cops That Kick Their Ass in 7 Lessons

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