Makoto Makimura (マキムラ マコト, Makimura Makoto, known as 筱喬, Xiao Qiao in China) is a character in Yakuza 0. She is the younger sister of Tetsu Tachibana. She is the owner of the "Empty Lot", though she doesn't realize its importance until a little ways into the events of Yakuza 0. She is voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro
Born to Sino-Japanese parents, Makoto goes to Sotenbori two years before the events of the game to search for her brother after getting repatriated to Japan. Working as a live-in hostess for a short while, she was then conned by Jun Oda, who sold her to a Korean syndicate, causing her to suffer from post-traumatic psychogenic blindness.
In 1988, she became a target of both the Tojo Clan and the Omi Alliance because she inherited the contested Empty Lot in Kamurocho from her grandfather.
Yakuza 0 Edit
She was first introduced in the fourth chapter, where Majima visited a massage parlor where she was working, on a mission to assassinate her, hoping for a second chance as a yakuza. However, inside, Majima was initially misidentify her to Lee Wen Hai, her workmate at the parlor, leading to a fight at the parlor. Shortly after the fight, a group of men visited the parlor and quickly identify the man as Lee Wen Hai, much to Majima's shock that the target is the blind woman who got shocked at Majima's arrival. Outside the parlor, said group of men took her to the street until they were intercepted by Majima. Majima later took her to a quiet spot, where Makoto got terrified by the previous encounter to a point where she hugged Majima's leg.
Afterwards, at the start of the seventh chapter, she was brought to an old warehouse where Majima got enough time to correctly identify her and told her his personal mission to kill someone named Makoto Makimura until Majima realized that the target was a blind woman. She was then put under Majima's protection after being instructed to do so by Lee after an encounter at a local mahjong parlor.
Lee visits the warehouse where Majima and Makoto are waiting for his plans about how to save Makoto from the yakuza. Lee gives Makoto a drugged beverage, making her instantly fall asleep. Lee then reveals to Majima that his plan is to kill another woman who looks identical to her so that the yakuza can give up their chase. Although the plan did have the potential to succeed, Majima knew that Sagawa could read through the entire plan and did not want to go through the plan of killing someone else in her place. Lee gets angered at Majima's betrayal and fights him, with the former losing. Majima then leaves Makoto in Lee's care and declares that his battles will be his own and he does not want Makoto to be involved with him, as he knows what consequences he faces with Sagawa.
After discovering that Nishitani has killed the woman that looked identical to Makoto, Majima returns to the warehouse knowing the dangers that Makoto faces. Lee plans for Makoto's escape but is soon betrayed by Lee's friend, who reveals their hiding spot to Sagawa's henchmen. Majima fights them off and escapes with Makoto while Lee heals his friend. Makoto goes through town while Majima protects her against Sagawa's henchmen and they eventually meet back up with Lee. Lee then starts up the car but before Makoto can reach the car with Majima, the car explodes in flames. Makoto is faint after the explosion and Majima tries to make sure that she is okay by shaking her. Makoto and Majima are approached by Sagawa, who is there to finish off the both of them, but he is then shot in the hand and back by Sera. Sera knocks out Majima and takes Makoto into hiding.
She's later brought to a building where she met Sera and Kiryu, who planned to get her to Tokyo safely with Oda. Initially, the trip went well, but the cab that Oda hire got intercepted by Shibusawa's men in a drive-by, causing them to stop at a construction site.
After the incident, both Makoto and Kiryu made it safely to a love hotel where they decided to stop for the night. In the hotel, Kiryu revealed that her brother now lives in Kamurocho. Eventually, both made it to Kamurocho, where both decided to stay at a homeless man's shack in West Park to lay low. In Kamurocho, Makoto managed to met her brother, only to find out that her brother's died after receiving a blow from a sledgehammer while being tortured previously.
Nearing the end of the game, Makoto reunited with Majima, now having recovered parts of her vision. She revealed her brother's torture and murder to Majima, and Majima told her that his boss no longer wanted her dead, and instead wanted to purchase the Empty Lot. Stating that she no longer cares about the whole ordeal nor herself, Makoto then offers Majima one billion yen if he can carry out her revenge plan, which was to kill Dojima's three lieutenants. Majima tries his best to encourage her not to go into the path of vengeance, but Makoto is saddened by his rejection and attempts to walk away from him, wanting to be by herself. She trips and Majima tries to help her up, but she tells him once again to leave her alone. Majima, feeling pity and compassion, invites her to eat takoyaki, the first meal that he bought for her during her stay at the warehouse, to talk over her plans. Makoto accepts and they walk through town, searching for a takoyaki stand. They eventually find one and Majima orders their food. As Majima turns back to look at her, he notices that a leaf has fallen on top of her head and delicately picks it off, causing a bashful reaction from both Makoto and the elderly woman who is serving their food. The elderly woman compliments Majima's chivalry, causing him to blush and rushes her to make their food. Makoto then stops his bickering by stating that Majima is indeed a very good person and that if it weren't for him, she wouldn't be alive. Her comment surprises Majima, making her feel a bit embarrassed herself after revealing her feelings and tries to brush off the conversation by changing the topic to food. Majima then gazes at her from behind, seeing her purity, innocence and reading her true emotions about him.
Later on, she made it to discuss the deal with the Dojima family at the Sebastian Garden Palace in Roppongi, where she agreed that Dojima may have the land at the cost of the family's three lieutenants' lives. Majima caught up to her, only for her to got shot by Lao Gui. After witnessing the shot, Majima enters into madness and fights off all of the men that where left over to take care of them both. Majima sadly approaches Makoto and she still has some consciousness. She apologizes to Majima for all of the troubles that she's caused him during their journey together and Majima brushes it off, forgives her, and tells her to not worry about it. Makoto then uses her hand to grasp the hands of Majima and takes one last breath where she is presumed dead. While Majima mourns over her death, Sera swoops in and rushes her to the hospital, where she is taken care of by doctors.
Makoto managed to survive the shot and regain consciousness, and the rights to Empty Lot now belonged to Masaru Sera. Makoto and her doctor friend are being harassed by two men on the street who want to take them out. As her doctor friend is getting grabbed by one of the men, Makoto slaps him and tells her to run off as she can take care of the situation herself. Makoto is then threatened by the two men but everything stops as Majima walks in. Makoto has no idea who Majima is and believes that he is just a leader of the two yakuza because she has never fully identified his face when she was with him. It turns out that the two men are apart of Majima's crew and they tell him that they'll use Makoto as a way of generating cash by using her in a "video." Just as they are about to reveal Majima's name to Makoto, they are knocked out cold by him and she is both frightened and confused on why he has done what he did. Both both share a moment of silence and gaze at each other, as Majima knows who she is and Makoto not knowing who he is. Not knowing the entirety of the situation, her male doctor friend attempts to save her from Majima, believing that he intends to harm her. Majima takes the doctor away from Makoto and has a short conversation with him, telling him to take care of Makoto for his sake. Majima walks away with sorrow and heartache and the doctor returns to Makoto, finally mustering up the courage to talk to her. Makoto comments that he, Majima, was looking at her with a very sad eye after he walked away from her bitter sweetly. She stares at Majima walking away, getting the feeling that she may know him.
The last scene shows Makoto walking into the small lot, where she lays down a bouquet of flowers down in the place where her brother had passed away. She talks of how she thanked everyone who has helped her throughout the ordeal, like Kiryu and Sera, but has not properly thanked the one person who was by her side the most because she never caught their name or face, which was Majima. As she takes a moment to pray, a chime goes off somewhere and Makoto notices that it's coming a mound of dirt in front of her. She digs out her watch, which was taken and repaired by Majima. She thanks him wholeheartedly and cries one final time, leaving her with the reminder that her savior is still alive.
Post-Yakuza 0 Edit
She appeared at the Yakuza Kiwami 2 trailer video, trying to remember if she met someone in the past. In the latest trailer, she gave Majima a foot massage and introduced herself as Tateyama Makoto, revealing the possibility that she may be married or has gone through a name change for other reasons unknown to the audience.
In her earlier encounters, she wears a brown trenchcoat over a pink uniform, a pair of blue jeans, black socks and a pair of white trainers. Outside the parlor, she holds to a walking stick to aid her mobility. It is later revealed that the stick has a concealed knife in it. Later on the game, she wears dark blue trenchcoat over a shirt, slim-fit pants, and a pair of dress shoes.
She's depicted as a kind but otherwise frail woman, traumatized by her past. Over the course of the game, she develops feelings for Majima, which he fails to reciprocate because he entrusts her to someone else for the sake of leaving her out of the yakuza world that he would be returning to.
- Her favorite food appears to be takoyaki, as she request it to Majima both in Sotenbori and in Kamurocho.