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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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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.

Exploitative enterprises continue to menace society

japantimes.co.jp — On Dec. 15, the operator of Japanese-style pubs Watami Co. reached a settlement with the parents of a former employee who killed herself due to overwork. In the settlement, Watami admitted that the female employee's death was caused by excessive work, said Kazunari Tamaki, a lawyer for the woman's parents.
Feb 07, 2016

Everything that is wrong with Japan: ブラック企業 "Black Companies"/Evil Corporations (burakku kigyo) japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/02/0…

How the Mob Is Running Japan's Hollywood

The Yakuza Are Running Japan’s Hollywood

thedailybeast.com — TOKYO-Japan's entertainment industry is infested by organized crime and despite crackdowns on "yakuza Hollywood" nothing much seems to change. For example, last month 10 comedians from the colossal Yoshimoto Kogyo talent agency were caught up (innocently, they said) in a yakuza insurance fraud scheme involving, ahem, free massages.
Feb 06, 2016

The Yakuza Are Running Japan’s Hollywood thebea.st/1T4aHys via @thedailybeast "He asked me to kill her. And then 'erase' her."

Feb 06, 2016

One big reason Japan's movie industry is so bad: It's run by the mob. thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/…

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La police de Tokyo s’attaque au business des jeunes lycéennes à vendre

Jan 19, 2016

La police de Tokyo s’attaque au business des jeunes lycéennes à vendre news.vice.com/fr/article/la-… via @vicenews

Tokyo Police Are Cracking Down on Businesses That Exploit Underage Girls

news.vice.com — When a UN investigator visiting Japan condemned the country's lack of effort to deal with the sexual exploitation of children, she made special mention of JK businesses. JK stands for joshi kousei, or a female high school student. The businesses offer a wide range of services, from simply taking walks with girls to buying sexually provocative photos of them to having sex.
Jan 12, 2016

Tokyo police are cracking down on businesses that exploit underage girls: news.vice.com/article/tokyo-… via @vicenews New ordinances coming

Jan 12, 2016

RT @kyhenderson: Tokyo police are cracking down on businesses that exploit underage girls: news.vice.com/article/tokyo-… by @jakeadelstein @ViceNews

Jan 13, 2016

Tokyo police are cracking down on businesses that exploit underage girls: news.vice.com/article/tokyo-… via vicenews

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Looking for a bit of light in the fight against crime

japantimes.co.jp — Do you ever get the feeling that you're trapped in Harold Ramis' 1993 movie "Groundhog Day," except that you're an investigative journalist, not a weatherman, and the nemesis that keeps popping up isn't a rodent but a crime syndicate boss? Maybe it's just me. On Dec. 9, the U.S.

South Korea, Japan reach deal on wartime Korean sex slaves

latimes.com — The foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan on Monday reached a deal meant to resolve a decades-long impasse over Korean women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during World War II, an important breakthrough for the Northeast Asian powers. The deal, which included an apology from Japanese...
Dec 28, 2015

RT @latimes: South Korea, Japan reach deal on wartime Korean sex slaves lat.ms/1R31ZhR

Dec 28, 2015

RT @latimes: South Korea and Japan "finally and irreversibly" reconcile on World War II sex slaves lat.ms/1R31ZhR

Most Evil Corporation Of The Year In Japan Award 2015: 711 Japan?

japansubculture.com — In case you missed it, the annual "Evil Corporation Awards"(ブラック企業・burakku kigyo) were held again this year and the winner for "Most Evil Corporation" was everyone's favorite convenience store chain: Seven Eleven Japan. Yes, that Tonkatsu Bento box you love so much-it's pure evil. Possibly.
Dec 23, 2015

Good work from @_le1na on: Most Evil Corporation Of The Year In Japan Award 2015: 711 Japan? japansubculture.com/most-evil-corp…

Dec 24, 2015

Most Evil Corporation Of The Year In Japan Award 2015: 711 Japan. The Wages of Convenience Are Suffering? japansubculture.com/most-evil-corp…

Japan's 'life-less' anti-stalking laws are costing lives to be lost

japantimes.co.jp — "To build a Buddha image but not to put in the soul (仏作って魂入れず/ Hotoke tsukutte tamashii irezu)" is a well-known saying stemming from a folk belief that statues of Buddhist deities are meant to have a spiritual presence. In other words, it's a metaphor for making something that's structurally sound but missing the most vital components.
Dec 19, 2015

Japan's 'life-less' anti-stalking laws are costing lives to be lost | The Japan Times japantimes.co.jp/news/2012/12/0…

Goodbye To Japan's Manga King

thedailybeast.com — Japan's beloved one-armed cartoonist, social critic, and war veteran Shigeru Mizuki, died Monday of multiple organ failure at a Tokyo hospital on November 30th. He was 93. He was most known for his Japanese horror comic books (manga) about GeGeGe no Kitarō (Spooky Kitarō).
Dec 05, 2015

Mizuki Shigeru's was a true "sui generis—there’s simply no one like him.: thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/… @jakeadelstein

Dec 06, 2015

水木しげる先生が他界しました。勇者でした。ご冥福を。英文で先生の傑作と人生観を紹介しましたGoodbye To Japan's Manga King thebea.st/1ljEXrn via thedailybeast

Dec 06, 2015

Goodbye To Japan's Manga King and the conscience of the nation thebea.st/1ljEXrn via thedailybeast

Dec 06, 2015

RT @jakeadelstein: Goodbye To Japan's Manga King and the conscience of the nation thebea.st/1ljEXrn via thedailybeast

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Feb 07, 2016

RT @IchigoIchieFilm: 「ヤクザを利用し、この国の芸能界における健全な発展を妨げ、芸能界を志す真に才能ある若者の活躍を妨げているのが周防氏や谷口氏だからです」(笠岡和雄 大日本新政會総裁 2代目松浦組組長 陳述書) bit.ly/1L4UKR7

Feb 07, 2016

RT @onizuka0606: バーニング周防郁雄への最後警告「第二弾」 | 大日本新政會 笠岡総裁自らの語りで記載。 dainipponshinseikai.co.jp/?p=828

Feb 07, 2016

RT @GraphThCpxzpkzf: 日本のタブーのひとつでもあるバーニングプロダクション。バーニングには絶対に触れてはいけません。触れちゃった北野誠と吉松育美さんは・・・ bit.ly/1MiYDke

Feb 07, 2016

RT @eigo_japan: 今日の英語ニュースです。吉本興業、ケイダッシュ、バーニングプロダクションなど大手芸能事務所と暴力団とのつながりについて触れた記事です。 The Yakuza Are Running Japan’s Hollywood thebea.st/1T4aJqi

Feb 07, 2016

RT @beaverton503: そういやねぇ、安室さん、SPEEDを要請した平氏が脱税で逮捕された時はビックリしたね。 暴力団、K-1、バーニング…きな臭い話が出てきてね。 でも潰されたんだっけ?忘れた。 pic.twitter.com/YLbb8vbjwl


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