Finger-Prosthetics for the Yakuza

ABC hat einen schönen Artikel samt Video über einen Doktor in Japan, der Fingerprothesen für die Yakuza bastelt. Die haben dort anscheinend sogar Fingerprothesenfashion am laufen und haben einen hellen Finger für den Winter und ‘nen braungebrannten für den Sommer. Gangster, doh!

In Japan, a stunted pinkie signifies membership in the yakuza, or Japanese mafia. In a ritual known as “yubitsume,” yakuza members are required to chop off their own digits to atone for serious offenses. The left pinkie is usually the first to go, though repeated offenses call for further severing. As a result, those who get out, have a hard time finding work because of the stigma attached to those missing fingers. That’s where Hayashi comes in.

The doctor molds silicone prosthetic pinkies, made to seamlessly mask the amputation, making for a smoother transition to the outside world. Priced at nearly $3,000 each, the fingers are carefully painted, to match the exact skin color of the client. Former yakuza members, who make up 5 percent of Hayashi’s business, often keep several sets of fingers for different seasons – the light skinned version for winter, and a tanned look for summer.

Prosthetic Fingers Help Reform Japan’s Feared Yakuza Gangsters (via Neatorama)