News business Nintendo and the yakuza, an impossible story
We thought that the lawsuit between Epic and Apple would mainly concern the two companies, but the documents provided to the courts allow us to learn a lot about many games, publishers and development studios. This time, the focus is on Nintendo.
This is Axios Gaming who spotted unusual information in one of the documents published on the American justice website. To the page 19, a paragraph concerns the contracts offered by Nintendo to its various partners. The latter obviously have many clauses, but one of them has drawn attention. Indeed, Nintendo indicates black and white to its partners located on Japanese soil that they cannot be linked in any way to “anti-social” groups or to boryokudan, that is, organized violent groups. With this in mind, they cannot “grant financial advantages” to these groups, nor use “intimidation or violence in the course of transactions”, ni “interfere with the activities of Nintendo entities by using fraud or force”.
Such arrangements can make you smile as it seems obvious, but there are still some thirty years, Japan had to take measures to fight against them because their anchoring in society was strong. In 1992, Japan passes the anti-gang law, enriched in 1993 to fight against money laundering. They strongly regulate the activity of the clans, and very severely penalize any damage to civilians or their property. Since 2010, citizens no longer have the right to appeal to the Yakuza under pain of heavy penalties. The Yakuza are therefore still very active, although very closely watched, in particular through three large federations and a wide variety of activities at all levels of society Japanese. All these elements, to which we can add the strengthening of the anti-yakuza fight in view of the Olympic Games, make it possible to better understand the publisher’s approach, and make much less folkloric clauses inserted by Nintendo in its contracts.
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Via : IGN
Through MalloDelic, Journalist Aroged.com