Check out BoingBoing’s article for the whole story, but what I really enjoyed about the article was the decription of the gang, the yakuza:
Unlike in America, where someone’s word is as light as a feather, some of the yakuza guys have demonstrated incredible loyalty. If they promise something — if they give their word — they honor it, even if that promise is no longer convenient or even detrimental to keep.Bushi ni nigon wa nai. (“A warrior does not have a forked tongue.”) Once you’ve said it, then you’ll do it. A promise is a promise. It’s so rare to meet anybody in this world who has any sense of honor, who puts actual importance in keeping their word. That’s one of the nicer things about them.