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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.

The Yakuza Lobby

foreignpolicy.com — TOKYO - Japan's leaders are going on trial this month - in the court of public opinion, though some of them may be concerned about facing the more traditional kind. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), who has been in power for a bit over a year, dissolved Japan's parliament, the Diet on Nov.

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Burger King's Flame-Grilled Beef Scented Cologne: Perfect For Japanese Men Seeking Carnivore Women?

forbes.com — In recent years Japan, has had a major social shift, seemingly dividing men and women into two types: herbivore men and carnivore women. Now for one day and one day only, Burger King Japan will give the herbivore men of Japan a chance to attract a carnivore woman---by selling them [...]

Japanese Yakuza Aid Earthquake Relief Efforts

thedailybeast.com — The worst of times sometimes brings out the best in people, even in Japan's "losers" a.k.a. the Japanese mafia, the yakuza. Hours after the first shock waves hit, two of the largest crime groups went into action, opening their offices to those stranded in Tokyo, and shipping food, water, and blankets to the devastated areas in two-ton trucks and whatever vehicles they could get moving.

Funassyi: The Pacifist Pear Fairy Ready To Take On The World, 1.2 Million Japanese Already Love It

forbes.com — Japan is a country that loves cute mascot characters, even the police have them. In recent years,the city of Funabashi, in Chiba prefecture, has become world famous thanks to their 'unofficial' mascot Funassyi--who is a bright yellow genderless "pear fairy" that has millions of fans in Japan. Funabashi is known [...]

Tokyo Cops Make Bust In Connection to Kennedy Death Threats

Is The Yakuza Behind Caroline Kennedy Death Threats?

thedailybeast.com — The Tokyo Metropolitan Police are investigating telephoned death threats against U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy. The individual or individual who made the calls are facing charges over "forcible obstruction of business" and "making threats." Authorities told The Daily Beast that the bulk of the calls were made to the U.S.

Japan’s Education Minister and the Schools for Scandal

thedailybeast.com — TOKYO - Japan's Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology may need lessons in morals, honesty, and the political funding laws of Japan. Hakubun Shimomura, who lobbied hard to become the education minister in 2012 when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government took power, is distinguishing himself as an example of how not to behave in office; he is the quintessential hanmen kyoshi -which is Japanese for "someone who teaches by their bad example."

Japan’s Peacenik Pear Fairy

thedailybeast.com — TOKYO - Japan is a country that loves cute mascot characters. The most familiar equivalent in the West would be those weird little creatures representing each Olympics games, or the stumbling, tumbling gators, leprechauns and stuff on the sidelines of American sporting events. But here in Japan, businesses, social movements, government agencies- even the police -have mascots.
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Mar 26, 2015

32 years later I'd mind of like to know why she chose that song. But first I need to know if she has a sniper rifle.

Mar 26, 2015

I have mixed feelings about my 1st mixed tape present. Her "song about our love" is sung as a 1st person sniper narrative

Mar 26, 2015

But then: I want to be somebody You were like that too If you don't get given you learn to take And I will take you... I let the bullet fly

Mar 26, 2015

"I don't really hate you I don't care what you do We were made for each for Me and you" Sort of an ambivalent love song. #mixtapememory

Mar 26, 2015

MixtapeMemories: m.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh9wIV… Family Snapshot. From1st girlfriend. On close listen, it's about a sniper.

Mar 26, 2015

And here we are, rushed off the plane, and waiting for carry-on bags. instagram.com/p/0sqeu2Duh6/

Mar 26, 2015

What I learned from a yakuza fanzines. Inagawa-Kai used to have a press officer. "Can you tell is… instagram.com/p/0sqPX5Duho/

Mar 26, 2015

Mysteries of air travel. The mad rush to get off the plane and wait for bags to be unloaded. No, thanks, I'll just sit for a spell.

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