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investigative journalist, Light House Japan, semi-paladin,LA Times writer, artisan scribbler @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.

Fukushima Kids Are Getting Cancer

Who's responsible for the Fukushima disaster?

japantimes.co.jp — The International Atomic Energy Agency released its comprehensive - but mostly ignored - final report on Fukushima on Aug. 30. It blamed the March 2011 triple meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 power plant on a blind belief in "the nuclear safety myth."
Oct 04, 2015

Who's responsible for the Fukushima disaster? (I wrote this before the latest TEPCO cover-up was reported.) japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/10/0…

Will the Yakuza Turn 4Chan into a Weapon?

thedailybeast.com — Christopher "Moot" Poole, 4chan 's founder, announced this week that he's sold his website to Hiroyuki Nishimura, creator of 2channel (2chan)-4chan's inspiration and template. If you don't know 4chan, the message board created in 2003, you don't know one of the darker sides of the web. Don't feel compelled to go exploring.
Sep 25, 2015

Police worry that 2chan’s sordid history of death, destruction and evading justice could come to 4chan.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/…

Sep 25, 2015

“As the manager of 2chan don’t you worry that you are going to pull the trigger in someone’s suicide?” Maybe not. thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/…

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Japan lawmakers pass legislation expanding military's role for first time since WWII

latimes.com — After scuffles in the normally staid Japanese parliament, human barricades and weeks of noisy citizen protests outside, lawmakers passed controversial legislation early Saturday that will allow the nation's troops to fight overseas for the first time since World War II. The bills were passed after desperate attempts by the opposition to delay the votes.

Japan Allows Troops on Foreign Soil

The yakuza: Inside Japan's murky criminal underworld

cnn.com — The new group, which was formally created in early September, is calling themselves the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi and is already setting up alliances with other organized crime groups. The National Police Agency says they have had an emergency meeting to discuss how to handle the crisis, and police nationwide are on alert.
Sep 16, 2015

This story from #Japan is interesting. Split in #Yakuza could lead to epic gang war involving 21 gangs. Police meet cnn.it/1iv3oRl

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In Japan, protests intensify as vote nears on 'war bills'

latimes.com — On and off for weeks now, Kumiko Yokoi has been singing in front of Japan's house of parliament and elsewhere. The tune is "Love Me Tender," but Yokoi has rewritten the lyrics to harangue Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his military policy and efforts to reinterpret Japan's pacifist Constitution, among other things.

After the CEO’s Indictment the Great Mt. Gox Bitcoin Mystery Deepens

thedailybeast.com — TOKYO - Last Friday, Japanese prosecutors filed criminal charges against Mark Karpeles, 30, the French CEO of the collapsed Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox. The alleged crime: embezzling over $50 million of his clients' money. The police had detained him, at that point, for more than 40 days. Mt.
Sep 14, 2015

After the CEO’s Indictment the Great Mt. Gox Bitcoin Mystery Deepens thebea.st/1J83pj1 via @thedailybeast

Sep 15, 2015

After the CEO’s Indictment the Great Mt. Gox Bitcoin Mystery Deepens thebea.st/1J83piZ via

Sep 15, 2015

Will Satoshi Nakamoto take the stand? After the CEO’s Indictment the Great Mt. Gox Bitcoin Mystery Deepens thebea.st/1J83piZ via

Sep 15, 2015

Japan's Police Know Who Stole #Mt.Gox's 650,000 bitcoins ($100 million): Satoshi Nakamoto thebea.st/1J83piZ #bitcoin

Sep 15, 2015

RT @jakeadelstein: Japan's Police Know Who Stole #Mt.Gox's 650,000 bitcoins ($100 million): Satoshi Nakamoto thebea.st/1J83piZ #bitcoin

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Who Opens a Reactor Next to a Volcano? Japan’s New Nuclear Gamble

thedailybeast.com — Massive earthquakes, volcanoes, tidal waves, and natural disasters galore-Japan would seem a rather precarious perch for nuclear power plants. Flooding from Tropical Storm Etau, which overwhelmed the water pumps at the infamous ruins of Fukushima, washing more radioactive waste into the ocean, ought to serve as yet another reminder of how fragile Japan's atomic energy program really is.
Sep 11, 2015

Who Opens a Reactor Next to a Volcano? Japan’s New Nuclear Gamble thebea.st/1Kej9Gl via @thedailybeast

Sep 11, 2015

I do not like this, not one little bit (yes, I revert to Dr. Seuss when mortally terrified). fb.me/5tGE7V12Z

Sep 11, 2015

you can revise history but if you don't learn from it... thebea.st/1Kej7hG Japan's nuclear disasters 2.0 pic.twitter.com/z6nqxRaJ1Q

Sep 11, 2015

4 years after Fukushima, Japan’s nuclear guidelines are being ignored & face trial by fire, by law & maybe by terror thebea.st/1Kej7hG

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Gang split may end with a whimper, not a bang

japantimes.co.jp — A detective who specialized in organized crime once told me a dark joke: What type of crime occurs when a member of the yakuza kills another gangster? Answer: destruction of property. The joke perhaps reflects an unwritten premise of law enforcement in Japan: as long as gangs confine their conflict to other gangs, it's no big deal.
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Oct 08, 2015

RT @sakeuchi317: 特集ワイド:広がるか「落選運動」 強引な政治に憤る有権者 強硬手段で「反撃」 - 毎日新聞 mainichi.jp/shimen/news/20…

Oct 08, 2015

RT @Nao_Maeda_Asahi: 共同通信緊急世論。内閣改造、自民党役員人事「評価する」35・4%。「評価しない」40・1%。内閣支持率44・8%で前回9月から5・9ポイント上昇。不支持率は41・2%→1億総活躍に期待せず48% 改造内閣「評価」35% 共同通信 47news.jp/smp/CN/201510/…

Oct 08, 2015

@loligurolove @BBCWorld not the cartoon itself so much but the bullshit written next to it. 人種差別のテキストと一緒だから悪質です

Oct 08, 2015

RT @tanakaryusaku: 『週刊 新潮』の山本太郎バッシングは、お粗末の一語に尽きる。官邸筋が書かせているようだ。安倍政権にとって山本議員が脅威であることの証明である。

Oct 08, 2015

@nana_Ooh @CosmopolitanUK 2 is totally rational if you understand pheromones or read "the scent of desire". A nose knows more than the heart

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