Yankee style in Japan,, not in the ballpark

How a kind of street gang turned out to the street smart

Masahiro (Hiro) Nakagawa

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Coaching from Sub Zero — fighting against COVID-19 with Zoom / Autumn-Winter 2020–2021 / Week 5

Credit; Hiro Nakagawa @ Roppongi Hills Club

This week, I had 31st guests from Kyoto as my student guests. Please allow me to explore a short story of them; Shota and Sho.

In Japan, we have a common word called “YANKEE” style. This is the same meaning of the original meaning of Yankees, like active kids in the Bronx formed New York Yankees and fought against Brooklyn’s dodgers in the early 20th century. But Japan’s Yankee (a little different intonation as high tone at the end) has a different lifestyle, like young street gangs,, but not so illegally active, but just gathering among the same group. Casual gang-style? Slacker? But not so stupid to be illegal, but just pretending like a gang. They are so sensitive to the real world and try to worm their own kingdom.

In my class, I have one seat to welcome this kind of Yankee; In current senior grade, Shota is the one. His father owns a small civil-engineering company and Shota is to inherit that company. But as a classic Yankee, he trained Karate and other martial arts to protect himself, and rarely sit down at a desk to work hard in the academic world.

In his freshman era, Shota was always against most of the students and no one would touch him. He hated all teachers who looked down on him. But after entering my class (Zemi) I appointed him as a leader. Why? I felt his natural-born leadership and has great potential to be a leader. He did not have any skill set in academia but I never felt that he would not be smart. I always say that “You were just not trained to study academia. But never felt you were inferior at your brain.”

Gradually and gradually, Shota becomes patient and humble. At last, he got more than 3 invitations from companies to get in as new graduates and attended a welcome ceremony at one of the large construction companies in Tokyo on that day. Last semester, Shota got nearly full marks in all courses which he attended.

Sho joined my class, just after returning to college. Once he decided to quit college, but stopped to quit and…

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Masahiro (Hiro) Nakagawa

Street Economist / Strategist, Founder of Nakagawa Zemi/Lab