Why Do Japanese Gangsters Cut Off Their Pinky Fingers?

This man is missing his finger, only it is not on accident.
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ABC News – Prosthetic Fingers Help Reform Japan’s Feared Yakuza Gangsters
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.

Business Insider – Even Japan’s Infamous Mafia Groups Are Helping With The Relief Effort
“Hours after the first shock waves hit, two of the largest crime groups went into action, opening their offices to those stranded in Tokyo, and shipping food, water, and blankets to the devastated areas in two-ton trucks and whatever vehicles they could get moving.”

The Guardian – Japan’s three biggest banks face yakuza links inquiry
“The investigation by Japan’s Financial Services Agency, scheduled to start next Tuesday, will target Mizuho, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group – Japan’s biggest bank by assets – and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group. Investigators will look into any previous dealings with organised crime and whether the banks are doing enough to prevent loans from finding their way to the yakuza.”
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