Committee Intro

You have been tasked to carry on the legacy of generations of profit and secrecy, in an organization that boasts over 100,000 members worldwide. Welcome to Yakuza, Japan's largest organized crime syndicate. You control the media, you control millions in investments worldwide, but do you control each other? Experience firsthand the realities of struggle and sacrifice as you go head to head with local laws, international politics, and global economics through a weekend of unforeseen challenges. You've chosen the extreme path, and now you must find the tools to survive the journey.

Eric Zhu

Dear Delegates,

I am very excited to welcome you all to ILMUNC 35 and, more importantly, to the Yakuza Committee!

Welcome to ILMUNC! My name is Eric Zhu, and I’m honored to be serving as your CD for the Yakuza crisis committee. I’m incredibly excited for conference this year and can’t wait for y’all to see what we have planned for the weekend.

Firstly, a little about myself. I’m a senior studying Neuroscience with minors in Health Care Management and Public Policy. I’m from Beijing, but lived for a while in Japan and most recently glamorous, corn-fed Ohio. On campus, I’m the director of Health and Social Services team for the Wharton Public Policy Initiative, and I’m a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. In our very own International Affairs Association, I travel with our competitive team (#rushIntercol) and served as the Secretary-General for ILMUNC China, our high school conference in Shanghai. MUN is an activity I only got involved with in college, but somehow it’s kept me coming back again and again, and I’ve loved every moment of it.

The Yakuza were (are) one of the most influential and controversial groups in recent Japanese history. Much like the mafioso of Italy, their reach extended throughout all aspects of society during their peak, and continue to maintain a similar foothold to this day. But their unique hierarchical structure and history make the Yakuza a fundamentally distinct group. As the Yakuza, y’all will have a swathe of societal, political, and economic issues to debate. Jay and I can’t wait to see how y’all will work collaboratively toward these mutual goals (or not). If y’all have any questions or concerns at all about the committee, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I look forward to seeing you this spring!

Cheers,

Eric Zhu

Crisis Director, Yakuza
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

Jay Vaingankar

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to ILMUNC! My name is Jay Vaingankar, and I’m honored to be your Chair for the Yakuza Committee. I hope you are as excited for this committee as I am, as this conference will challenge you in new and innovative ways.

A little about me: I'm a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, studying in the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business. I was born and raised in central New Jersey (yes, it exists!) and my family is from Mumbai, India. On campus, I'm a Deputy Director of Penn's competitive Model UN team. I thoroughly enjoy the thrill of competing, and I'm looking forward sharing this experience with you.

Outside of class and MUN, some of my hobbies are playing basketball, doing Bhangra, learning foreign languages, debating politics, and of course, tagging people in memes.

Crisis committees bring the ideal blend of in-room politics, substantive debate, and creativity. Your Crisis Director, Eric Zhu, and I are looking forward to meeting you and seeing what you have in store. If you have any questions about committee, college life, Penn, or anything in general, please feel free to email me at jvain@wharton.upenn.edu.

Sincerely,

Jay Vaingankar

Chair, Yakuza
The 35th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference