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I was reading an article on language-learning hacks recently, and #13 of that list states (emphasis mine),

Some popular anime (popular in America at least, and mostly reserved for little boys in Japan) uses the kind of language which is in the real world almost exclusively reserved for Yakuza.

Is this statement true? What are some examples of this, and why is it done?

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The Introduction to Yakuza Japanese has a list of grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary (and even lessons!).

There's also this Japanese Stack Exchange has a question: What are the stereotypical characteristics of yakuza speech?

And Japan Subculture's terminology page.

While Yakuza these days are mostly semi-legitimate, they still extort and is the largest criminal organization in the world. Just like how there's a taboo with tattoos in Japan because they're associated with Yakuza, the same connotations come with speaking like the way Yakuza do.

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    Can you tie this a little more to anime? Specifically, has (and why has) this language has made its way into anime? – Killua Jan 29 '14 at 18:42
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    @Eric it's part of popular culture and associated with dilenquents/criminals. Outside of actual Yakuza being in the story (Gokusen, Nisekoi). Even "aniki" is used all the time to express the same sort of close relationship that would typically be used by Yakuza. There's a lot more of this on the TV Tropes Yakuza page – Jon Lin Jan 29 '14 at 18:51
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I believe it refers to じゃねえ だぜ 便所 (ja nee, da ze, benjo 'it isn't' 'it is' 'toilet') and the like, which are hardly exclusive to the Yakuza in real life. They are simply masculine and very rough. While all Yakuza probably use them, not all the people who use them are Yakuza. They're used to make the heroes sound more rough and masculine, to appeal to that sort of demographic. Of course, while it was popular a while ago, nowadays anime characters who use them are laughing stocks.

(There is Yakuza slang, but I don't know any of it. Anime Yakuza have a rather defined pattern of speech based on Hiroshima-ben, but that's probably inaccurate.)

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