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Posted: 4/19/2016 11:44:24 PM EDT
You're ready to turn over a new leaf and leave a life of crime behind, but there's one giant obstacle. Or, one pinkie-sized one: You're missing part of a finger. The Guardian spotlights a most unusual prosthetics market that's seemingly been supplied by one woman for two decades: Japanese gangsters looking to leave the yakuza, but marked by self-amputation.
A Vice News article on the topic explains that yubitsume, or finger-shortening, is a centuries-old practice the yakuza adopted as a way for members to atone for breaching the honor code. Those who do will slice off the portion of their left pinkie above the top joint, and it's apparently common practice: A 1993 governmental survey found 45% of modern-day yakuza members have a severed finger joint. Enter Yukako Fukushima.
You want a toe? I can get you a toe, believe me. There are ways , Dude. You don't wanna know about it ...
Sorry about your homie, homies.
All these Big Lebowski references in reply to my comment might mean something to me if I had seen the movie.
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