investigative journalist, Light House Japan, semi-paladin, LA Times special correspondent, artisan scribbler @TheDailyBeast @Vicenews @japankenkyu
I was a reporter for the Yomiuri Shinbun, Japan’s largest newspaper, from 1993 to 2005. From 2006 to 2007 I was the chief investigator for a U.S. State Department-sponsored study of human trafficking in Japan. Considered an experts on organized crime in Japan, I work as a writer and consultant in Japan and the United States. I'm also a board member Washington, D.C. founded Polaris Project ...
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What was your first job as a journalist?
I had to determine if the yakuza in Yokohama were shaking down the foreign street merchants working in the area. They were.
Have you ever used a typewriter?
Yes, I have. I still have some whiteout in a drawer somewhere.
How is social media changing news?
It allows an individual journalist to crowd source and obtain help from people interested in the subject you're investigating or writing on.