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Covers:  japan, sex work, crime, buddhism, organized crime, japanese subculture, yakuza, injustice, kit-kats, police, corporate malfeasance
Doesn't Cover: akb48, the beatles

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.

Drone with radioactive material found on Japanese prime minister's office roof

courant.com — A small drone aircraft containing what was believed to be a minute amount of radioactive cesium was discovered Wednesday morning on the heliport above Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe 's office. No one was injured, and Abe was traveling in Indonesia at the time the drone was found by office staff, but police said they were investigating the incident as possible terrorist threat.

Drone with low traces of radioactive material lands on Japan's prime minister's office roof

latimes.com — A small drone aircraft containing what was believed to be a minute amount of radioactive cesium was discovered Wednesday morning on the heliport above Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ’s office. No one was injured and Abe was traveling in Indonesia at the time the drone was found by office staff, but police said they were investigating the incident as possible terrorist threat.

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Photos Allegedly Linking an Olympic Official to the Yakuza Keep Causing Him Problems

news.vice.com — Hidetoshi Tanaka (left) with Shinobu Tsukasa, the head of the Yamaguchi-gumi, in 2005 For months, people have seen photos circulating online that allegedly show Japan Olympic Committee Vice Chairman Hidetoshi Tanaka hobnobbing with Japanese yakuza bosses. But on Tuesday, Japan saw its first significant official response to the photos.

Learning valuable lessons from the yakuza?

japantimes.co.jp — "He had connections and interactions with individuals related to the yakuza. Why on earth would he be appointed a (Cabinet) minister? The responsibility of the prime minister for appointing him to this position is tremendously weighty." These angry words were said by a New Komeito Diet member in 2012.

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How Rogue U.S. Agents Allegedly Shook Down Mt. Gox

thedailybeast.com — In cyberspace, no good deed goes unpunished. Two federal agents with lead roles in the investigation to take down Silk Road, the international Internet black market and drug bazaar, allegedly stole proceeds from the underground site, in the form of bitcoin, and hid their illicit earnings while conducting the investigations.

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campl.us — I appeared (allegedly) on BS朝日 「いま世界は」World Now tonight. I didn't watch so I don't know If I survived editing.????

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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Apr 25, 2015

RT @KirstinZhang: @jakeadelstein And Japanese women who couldn't afford to wear expensive kimono made up for it with tattooed bodysuits pic.twitter.com/trxxUW3jLs

Apr 25, 2015

Tattoos became popular enough after 1750 & publication of Suikoden (水滸伝) that non-felons started getting them. (^_^) pic.twitter.com/jUAlnzpBi1

Apr 25, 2015

@__Gayak 有難うございました。手元にはないが「法句経」に書いてあります。

Apr 25, 2015

@kenjisalk I've never wanted a tattoo and after reading about cadmium poisoning from the red tattoo pigments used in the past--more so.

Apr 25, 2015

Eventually, tattoos became popular enough after 1750 & publication of Suidenko that non-felons started getting them. pic.twitter.com/tyMe7HWtGU

Apr 25, 2015

@kenjisalk yes, and the predecessors to the modern yakuza showed their tattoos to intimidate people & extort money. Punishment became profit

Apr 25, 2015

RT @kenjisalk: @jakeadelstein "your punishment will be to have rad art on your body that people will find sexy and cool" -shortsighted law enforcers



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