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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.

Japanese Government Error May Have Two Hostages ‘Lost in Translation’

thedailybeast.com — The deadline to pay the $200 million ransom to free journalist Kenji Goto and self-proclaimed military contractor Haruna Yukawa, ended with the release of a new video Saturday night of Goto holding a photo of the beheaded Yukawa and a recording of someone claiming to be Goto and laying out the new terms: the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, a female suicide bomber who was captured by Jordanian authorities in 2005.

ISIS Butchers Kill A Japanese Hostage, Leave One Alive

thedailybeast.com — GAZIANTEP, Turkey-Even by the barbaric standards of the Islamic State, the video and photograph distributed today by the jihadists via Twitter plumb new and unbelievable depths of depravity. They show Japanese captive, 47-year-old journalist Kenji Goto Jogo, holding up a picture of his fellow hostage and friend Haruna Yukawa after he had been decapitated..

ISIS Executes One Japanese Hostage

Did Japan Botch ISIS Hostage Deal?

thedailybeast.com — TOKYO-ISIS says it will kill two Japanese hostages if the Japanese government fails to pay a $200 million ransom by 8:50 a.m. ET Friday. But The Daily Beast has learned that the current crisis might have been averted last year if the Japanese government had not interfered in negotiations to save the first hostage captured by the terrorist group.

ISIS Provokes Pacifist Japan by Taking Hostages

thedailybeast.com — TOKYO - Last week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged $100 million to support countries affected by the campaign against ISIS during an ongoing six-day Middle East tour. Today (January 20th japan time), The Islamic State released a video threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless they receive a $200 million ransom in the next 72 hours.

What’s Japan’s Problem With Vaginas?

thedailybeast.com — Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi's vagina kayak is considered obscene, but an annual penis festival is a family event. What's the deal?

Exclusive: Bitcoin Tycoon Mark Karpeles Denies Being Dread Pirate Roberts

thedailybeast.com — Will the real "Dread Pirate Roberts" please stand up? The U.S. government says Ross Ulbricht was the pseudonymous proprietor of the website Silk Road, which used the virtual currency Bitcoin for illegal transactions in drugs and arms. But in a Manhattan federal courtroom Thursday, the defense in Ulbricht's trial alleged that Mark Karpeles, former CEO of what was once the world's biggest Bitcoin exchange, Mt.

Yakuza 'Employer Liability' Murder Suit Ends with a Settlement

thewire.com — TOKYO - Tadamasa Goto, former boss of the Yamaguchi-gumi Goto-gumi crime group, has agreed to pay ¥110 million, or $1.4 million, to settle the lawsuit filed by the family of Kazuoki Nozaki, who was murdered by members of the organization in 2006. That's a little less than the ¥187 million of damages specified in the family original suit.

The high price of writing about the Japanese mafia

cpj.org — "In life, we only encounter the injustices we were meant to correct." -Igari Toshiro, ex-prosecutor, leading lawyer in the anti-organized crime movement in Japan (1949-2010) Igari Toshiro was my lawyer, my mentor, and my friend. In the sixteen years I've been covering organized crime in Japan, I've never met anyone...

The biggest terrorism threat in Japan

japantimes.co.jp — Remember how the government said Japan needed a state secrets law to protect it from acts of terrorism? Which is more dangerous: a government bureaucrat, a journalist or a worker in a nuclear power plant that may be crazy or a criminal? Answer: anyone but the nuclear power plant worker.
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Jan 26, 2015

RT @ShingetsuNews: CCS Suga says Abe govt "has had no negotiations at all" with ISIS over releasing hostage Kenji Goto.

Jan 26, 2015

Everything you know about everything is wrong. In fact, you're in a coma dreaming you're reading this. #internetmeme

Jan 26, 2015

@teddyokuyama @thedailybeast I would agree that Abe's speech was convoluted and hard to follow. As of the 20th, Arabic translations included

Jan 26, 2015

Having TIROL for breakfast. Tastier than trolls. Coffee chocolate pudding. #チロル #昭和54年 instagram.com/p/yVYrPkDuq5/

Jan 26, 2015

@teddyokuyama @thedailybeast The speech sucked. 時事通信も同感します 安倍首相演説に猛反発=日本を十字軍扱い-「イスラム国」 jiji.com/jc/zc?k=201501…

Jan 26, 2015

@teddyokuyama @thedailybeast "human capacities"? The overall sentence structure, awkward wording makes it sound like "let's fight ISIS"

Jan 26, 2015

How Email Hurts Your Health & why you shouldn't check it at night. (Unless you're a journalist) menshealth.com/health/how-ema…

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