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Covers:  japan, sex work, crime, buddhism, organized crime, japanese subculture, yakuza, injustice, kit-kats, police, corporate malfeasance
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half-vulcan, author of Tokyo Vice, investigative journalist, Light House board member, semi-paladin, @japansubculture editor, @TheDailyBeast @Vicenews

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.

Forbidden Beef: Japan Takes Liver Sashimi Off the Menu

thewire.com — Japan is a country of exotic cuisine, much of it consumed raw-up to now. Raw beef liver, human flesh, and foie gras-have all been served to Nippon's gourmands in the last three months, but as of July 1, one of these three is no longer on the menu, and it's not the canapés for cannibals.

Japan’s Whacky National Police Commissioner Contributes To Racist Newsletter (among other things)

jakeadelstein.wordpress.com — NOTE: This article has been corrected in several places as we try to figure out what Ms. Yamatani really wrote. Recently appointed head of Japan's Public Safety Commission, Eriko Yamatani 山谷えり子, who oversees all of Japan's police forces, may be inappropriate to deal with Japan's domestic violence issues---among other things.

“Defriended”-a musical ode to discreet civility on Facebook

jakeadelstein.wordpress.com — Facebook is a wonderful social networking tool even if Mark Zuckerberg and the company are ruthlessly exploiting all of us, and trampling over our privacy, because we were dumb enough to sign our lives over to the company. All that aside, sometimes it's a great way to keep in touch.However, sometimes, it's a great way...

The candy, the whip and freedom of press in Japan

japantimes.co.jp — We are familiar with the carrot-and-stick approach in the West, but the phrase in Japan is " ame to muchi " - literally, the candy and the whip. For journalists in Japan, there's been a lot of whip in recent times and not much candy. How can we sweeten the deal?

I am 1/4th Vulcan and 3/4 of me mourns the passing of Mr. Spock. Travel safely through that final frontier.

jakeadelstein.wordpress.com — "The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have." Leonard Nimoy RIP. March 26, 1931-February 28th 2015 Leonard Nimoy passed away today. He was known for his iconic role as half-Vulcan (stoic) and half-human first officer Spock on the USS Enterprise, in the science-fiction television series, Star Trek.

South Africa Scolds Japanese Author for Endorsing Apartheid

thedailybeast.com — TOKYO - On February 11, a well-known author and former education advisor to Japan's prime minister published a column in one of Japan's largest newspapers praising the racial segregation in South Africa- apartheid -as a model for Japanese immigration policy. In the last few days, the column by Ayako Sono, 83, has become a source of international scandal and embarrassment.

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Hello Kitty...For Men! But Can Sanrio's New Fashion Line Overcome The Pussy Factor?

forbes.com — Just in time for Japan's unique version of Valentine's Day, Sanrio, the makers of cute characters such as My Melody and Cinnamoroll, launched a line of men's clothing based on their most well-known character: Hello Kitty. Yes, Hello Kitty Men-or HK Men--if you thought you heard incorrectly. Sanrio's latest ambitious [...]

An Advisor to PM Abe Praises Apartheid, Says It Might Help Japan

thedailybeast.com — TOKYO - One of this country's largest newspapers took the occasion of the Founding of Japan holiday earlier this week to publish a column by a noted author who advocates apartheid. Japan should solve the problem of a dwindling population by bringing in foreign workers, she wrote, but it should make sure that they live segregated from the natives.

Amazon Japan’s Child Porn Problem?

thedailybeast.com — TOKYO- Amazon Japan, the Japanese arm of Amazon, the world's largest online shopping website, is facing an investigation by the Japanese police on suspicion of aiding and abetting the sale of child pornography on its website-a problem that the company should have known about at least since 2009.
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Mar 04, 2015

Personality quizzes are like hostesses "Hey, only 2% of the population, flatter me more" I'm: ENFJ Personality 16personalities.com/enfj-personali…

Mar 04, 2015

The Crying of Lot 49: 2015 Oedipa reads expose on Snopes.com. Buys stamps on e-bay. Happy Ending #pynchon snopes.com/info/whatsnew.…

Mar 03, 2015

RT @LovelotsSabrina: “@uwehaa: Why i'm in love with this song...You and Me - Sabrina (I Love Acoustic): youtu.be/vOVEp6iuaqs via @YouTube” - Thanks! Hihi. :)

Mar 03, 2015

Tokyo today: Chilly & Cloudy If u drank all night with old friend, stay in bed until hangover & weather clear up pic.twitter.com/c1quGEB9V0

Mar 03, 2015

@maya_tokyo I plan to ask him about his views on article 9 of the Constitution.

Mar 03, 2015

A good historian & a good journalist share a common struggle: the fight to remember the truth against the urge to forget or "misremember".

Mar 03, 2015

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro – review: ‘Game of Thrones with a conscience’ gu.com/p/46x9d/stw

Mar 03, 2015

Well some say Japan already has an ass as the prime minister. But unlike funassyi, he is neither fun nor cute. @Lelielle

Mar 03, 2015

Funassyi is having a press conference on Thursday. Many Funnassyi fans are urging me to go. You may… instagram.com/p/zyIW_-juvW/

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