Definition of Oyabun
1. Noun. A Japanese supervisor.
Definition of Oyabun
1. Noun. The ''Father''. The absolute leader in a Yakuza clan. He has an advisor called a Saiko-komon. Besides that he has an army of advocates, accountants, secretaries and advisors. ¹
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Oyabun
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Literary usage of Oyabun
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Working Forces in Japanese Politics: A Brief Account of Political by Uichi Iwasaki (1921)
"Any oyabun to whom he applied was required by the rules of the guild to give ... When the journeyman wanted to move to another city, the oyabun always gave ..."
2. Japan, Its History, Arts, and Literature by Frank Brinkley (1902)
"The kobun regards himself as the vassal of the oyabun, and will sacrifice his life to execute the latter's orders, whereas the oyabun, on his side, ..."
3. Managing Diplomacy: The United States and Japan by Harrison M. Holland (1984)
"This is very much like the oyabun-kobun (patron-client) relationship in Japan. Young officers are especially eager to have such assignments, ..."
4. U.S.-Japan Strategic Reciprocity: A Neo-Internationalist View by Edward A. Olsen (1985)
"A certain (preferably a very minor) quasi-de- pendency (oyabun-kobun) bond needs to be retained in US-Japan relations despite the need for and legitimacy of ..."
5. In Praise of Film Studies: Essays in Honor of Makino Mamoru by Mark Howard Nornes, Mamoru Makino, Aaron Gerow (2001)
"In other words, it is important that workers under the pressure of a contract labor system, an oyabun kanbun system, acquire their own unification against ..."
6. A Japanese-English and English-Japanese Dictionary by James Curtis Hepburn (1886)
"OYA if * -v -hS. n- (co11-) A landlord, owner of a house: — sama. oyabun -jf^-ff ?g, ^ n- (co11-) One w^° acts a parent's part; a head man, master, boss. ..."
7. Tariff Information, 1921: Hearings on General Tariff Revision Before the by Committee on Ways and Means, United States, Congress, House (1921)
"As the hoes is known as the oyakata or oyabun. both meaning parent, so he is the kobun, or child. When his chief makes a call on him ho has not to argue, ..."