What is a yakuza leader called? Similar to that of the Italian Mafia, the yakuza hierarchy is reminiscent of a family. The leader of any gang or conglomerate of yakuza is known as the oyabun (“boss”; literally “parent status”), and the followers are known as kobun (“protégés,” or “apprentices”; literally “child status”).
How are yakuza named? The name yakuza originates from the traditional Japanese card game Oicho-Kabu, a game in which the goal is to draw three cards adding up to a score of 9. If the sum of the cards exceeds 10, its second digit is used as the score instead, and if the sum is exactly 10, the score is 0.
What is the biggest yakuza organization? As of 2021, the Yamaguchi-gumi was the largest yakuza syndicate in Japan, counting approximately 8,500 members. Headquartered in Kobe, Yamaguchi-gumi is among the largest and wealthiest crime syndicates in the world.
How do you become a yakuza? When a kobun receives sake from an oyabun, they have officially passed their initiation into their yakuza family. At this point they’re ranked in a similar way to older or younger brothers. They’re also required to cut ties to their real family and swear allegiance to their local boss.