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investigative journalist, Light House Japan, semi-paladin,LA Times writer, ネトウヨのアイドル@TheDailyBeast @Vicenews @japansubculture

Jake Adelstein's Biography

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.

Japan's police on alert in wake of reported yakuza group split

chicagotribune.com — Japan's largest yakuza group, or crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi, marks its 100th year in business in 2015, but the group's future looks to be in doubt following two meetings this week in the western city of Kobe that apparently have split the organization in two.

Japan's police on alert in wake of reported yakuza group split

courant.com — Japan's largest yakuza group, or crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi, marks its 100th year in business in 2015, but the group's future looks to be in doubt following two meetings this week in the western city of Kobe that apparently have split the organization in two.

Japan's police on alert in wake of reported yakuza group split

latimes.com — Japan's largest yakuza group, or crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi, marks its 100th year in business in 2015, but the group's future looks to be in doubt following two meetings this week in the western city of Kobe that apparently have split the organization in two.

The Coming Yakuza War

thedailybeast.com — TOKYO - This year should have been a good one for Japan's largest organized crime organization, the Yamaguchi-gumi, the one yakuza group that just about ruled them all. But as it marks its 100th year in business, internal squabbles may split the organization apart; it could also result in the kind of large-scale gang warfare that hasn't been seen in decades.
Aug 28, 2015

The Coming Yakuza War thebea.st/1NDHB6A It may take more than a nifty pension plan to hold Yamaguchi-gumi Inc. together

Aug 28, 2015

"They are Goldman Sachs with guns—not to mention knives, bazooka launchers, sniper rifles, and assassins." thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/…

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Speech on World War II: 3 words to watch for from Japan's Shinzo Abe

latimes.com — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will deliver a speech Saturday on the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender to U.S. forces in World War II. The text will be closely scrutinized by Japan's neighbors, who have criticized Abe as not being sufficiently contrite for Japan's wartime aggression and as seeking to whitewash some of Japan's most egregious acts during that era.

Japan restarts nuclear reactor, 4 years after Fukushima. What's at stake?

courant.com — Amid substantial public opposition, Japan on Tuesday restarted one of more than 40 atomic reactors that were taken out of service in wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Kyushu Electric Power Co. said it had restarted the No. 1 reactor at its Sendai plant in Kagoshima prefecture about 600 miles southwest of Tokyo.

Japan restarts nuclear reactor, 4 years after Fukushima. What's at stake?

Japan restarts nuclear reactor, 4 years after Fukushima. What's at stake?

latimes.com — Amid substantial public opposition, Japan on Tuesday restarted one of more than 40 atomic reactors that were taken out of service in wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Kyushu Electric Power Co. said it had restarted the No. 1 reactor at its Sendai plant in Kagoshima prefecture about 600 miles southwest of Tokyo.
Aug 11, 2015

Why did Japan restart a nuclear reactor four years after Fukushima? @JulieMakLAT explains lat.ms/1DIj25o

Aug 11, 2015

RT @latimes: Japan restarts nuclear reactor, 4 years after Fukushima. What's at stake? lat.ms/1HDLL6a pic.twitter.com/6clMKrQGWU

Aug 11, 2015

RT @latimes: Japan restarts nuclear reactor, 4 years after Fukushima. What's at stake? lat.ms/1HDLL6a pic.twitter.com/6clMKrQGWU

Aug 12, 2015

Japan restarted its nuclear reactors. Why? What could go wrong again and what has gone wrong in the past? #nuclear latimes.com/world/asia/la-…

Exclusive: From Internment Camp to MacArthur’s Aide in Rebuilding Japan

thedailybeast.com — TOKYO - To mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. briefly opened to the public last month the room from which Gen. Douglas MacArthur ran occupied Japan. Nearly 4,000 people, who applied in advance, made the visit. So did we.
Aug 15, 2015

Exclusive: From Internment Camp to MacArthur’s Aide in Rebuilding Japan thebea.st/1Uux1zK #VJDAY #VJ70

Aug 15, 2015

A Japanese American Who Went From Internment Camp to MacArthur’s Aide in Rebuilding Japan thebea.st/1Uux1zK

Aug 08, 2015

Fascinating interview with MacArthur's Post-VJ Day intepreter thebea.st/1Uux1zK via @thedailybeast

Aug 08, 2015

Amazing story of the still-living man who went from an internment camp to be MacArthur’s aide in Japan thebea.st/1Uux1zK @thedailybeast

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New evidence of Japan's effort to build atom bomb at the end of WWII

chicagotribune.com — In August 1945, the U.S. dropped atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Now, as Japan and the rest of the world prepare to mark seven decades since the end of World War II in the Pacific, new evidence has emerged about the Japanese military's own secret program to build a nuclear weapon.
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Aug 30, 2015

RT @biriksk: しかし名古屋は情報戦にも長けとるな……

Aug 29, 2015

Jeb Bush, “anchor babies,” and America’s deep legacy of anti–Asian American racism vox.com/2015/8/25/9207…

Aug 29, 2015

even in most primitive societies, there are individuals that operate on a high-level of moral development. Most are sociopaths @BackinTokyo

Aug 29, 2015

The U.S. sanctions the yakuza as "dangerous criminal groups." Japan's Minister of Education was on their payroll. pic.twitter.com/nlR9I4uq1l

Aug 29, 2015

The yakuza are tolerated to some degree & admired in some circles, with 2 monthly yakuza fan magazines. fw.to/0s9Dv7O


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