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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.

Can police successfully keep a lid on gang violence?

japantimes.co.jp — When the Kobe-based Yamaguchi-gumi broke up in August last year, many expected a turf war to erupt as the country's largest crime syndicate battled for territorial control against a newly formed group called the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi that was founded by expelled gangsters in the aftermath of the split.

Japan doesn't want the U.S. to apologize for bombing Hiroshima. Here's why

latimes.com — For years, the question has lingered: Should the U.S. apologize for dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima? The opportunity could present itself if President Obama visits the city while attending the G7 Summit in Japan next month. No sitting U.S. president has visited the city since it was largely destroyed in an atomic blast during World War II.

Japan doesn't want the U.S. to apologize for bombing Hiroshima. Here's why

latimes.com — For years, the question has lingered: Should the U.S. apologize for dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima? The opportunity could present itself if President Obama visits the city while attending the G7 Summit in Japan next month. No sitting U.S. president has visited the city since it was largely destroyed in an atomic blast during World War II.

How Japan came to rank worse than Tanzania on press freedom

latimes.com — The state of press freedom in Japan is now worse than that in Tanzania, according to a new ranking from the group Reporters Without Borders. The East Asian nation came in 72nd of the 180 countries ranked in the group's 2016 press freedom index, falling 11 places since last year.

Strong earthquake hits south Japan; people may be trapped

latimes.com — A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 knocked over houses in southern Japan on Thursday evening, and police said people may be trapped underneath. There were no immediate reports of casualties from the 9:26 p.m. quake, and no risk of a tsunami.

Japan Nuclear Plants Are Vulnerable to Terror Attacks

thedailybeast.com — TOKYO - Given the febrile global security atmosphere, recent revelations that those responsible for the Brussels attacks also scoped out Belgium's nuclear facilities have, understandably, caused great consternation in many countries.

The drug problem that keeps getting older

japantimes.co.jp — Former pro baseball player Kazuhiro Kiyohara was released from police custody on ¥5 million bail last month following his arrest and subsequent indictment for alleged possession and use of stimulant drugs. It's a sad fall from grace but Kiyohara's been in freefall for sometime.

Aum Shinrikyo: Japan’s Death Cult Is Hiding In Europe

thedailybeast.com — ROME - The Japanese Doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo (Supreme Truth) has been pretty quiet since its members, following the orders of its founder, Shoko Asahara, killed 13 people and sent more than 5,000 to the hospital in a gruesome sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in March 1995.

What We Talk About With Our Father Before His Surgery

medium.com — Today my father, Dr. Eddie Adelstein, 78, is in the hospital for hip replacement surgery. It's not a complicated surgery - but it is necessary. Like the graveyard of SAABs on our farm and his 1964 Corvette and his collection of old watches (Hamilton, Elgin, Omega)- my father also has parts that wear out over time.

A Nuclear Ghost Town Coming To Life? The Shadows of Fukushima

linkedin.com — In the shadow of Fukushima, a ghost town struggles back to life, but fears of nuclear radiation and the looming spectre of Fukushima Daini (Number 2) Nuclear Power Plant make many hesitate. (Click the link above for more)
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Apr 30, 2016

@gearchangearx @devintstewart @latimes 肯定していません。安倍政権は一般論で核兵器の使用を肯定していますかどうか不明です。

Apr 29, 2016

Wherever I go @paigeferrari is there. Ahem. Referring to her legendary article in Slate. Not her… instagram.com/p/BEzwSQqjupM/

Apr 29, 2016

RT @ScienceChannel: #ArborDay Fact: The net cooling effect of a healthy tree is equal to 10 air conditioners operating 20 hours a day. httppic.twitter.com/WibmXuu8vj://t.co/WibmXuu8vj

Apr 29, 2016

RT @StephenMarble: Japan doesn't want the U.S. to apologize for bombing Hiroshima. Here's why @jakeadelstein fw.to/MmOYRVF https:pic.twitter.com/xQlq2wchj2/t.co/xQlq2wchj2

Apr 29, 2016

@enjoypolosfu @HirokoTabuchi The Abe administration has their agenda and the A-bomb survivors are a very low priority. Sadly.


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