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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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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.

Could Hamp's detention reinforce prejudice?

japantimes.co.jp — The Metropolitan Police Department arrested Julie Hamp, Toyota Motor Corp.'s first female managing officer, on June 18 on suspicion of importing oxycodone, an opioid used to relieve pain. The drug is tightly controlled in Japan but can be imported into the country with a prescription if certain procedures are followed.

Man sets himself on fire aboard Japanese bullet train, killing fellow passenger

latimes.com — Two people died on a Japanese bullet train traveling from Tokyo to Osaka on Tuesday when a 70-year-old man poured a flammable liquid over his body and set himself on fire in the first carriage of the train.

In Japan, a plan to expand military's powers faces growing resistance

latimes.com — Japan's ruling coalition came in for a shock recently as parliament mulled legislation pushed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to expand the powers of the nation's Self-Defense Forces. The lawmakers had invited three constitutional scholars to address the lower house.

Pole Dance, Me, and the One-Armed Champion

thewire.com — Dancer, photographer, and instructor, Ania Przeplasko *, founded the International Pole Dance Fitness Association in 2007. She is also my close friend. Ania took the photos for the cover of my first book, pro bono. Over the years, I've watched her turn competitive pole dancing from something that was treated as a semi-ribald joke into a serious sport and performance art.

Even gangsters live in fear of Japan's gun laws

japantimes.co.jp — It's almost impossible to get to a gun in Japan, and selling one or owning one is a serious crime. Fire the gun? Possibly life imprisonment. Gun-control laws are taken so seriously that police will pursue a violator all the way to the grave - and maybe beyond.

Camera+ ~ photo by jakeadelstein

Love In A Time Before Words: A Poem & A Musing

jakeadelstein.wordpress.com — On one of those nights that I couldn't sleep, and was thinking about loves past, I wrote a poem. Something I do once every few years. I dreamed about someone long since gone. I thought about romantic loves and platonic loves past. I reflected on those that I'd screwed up and those that had ended...

Law still a long way behind fertility boom

japantimes.co.jp — As the population declines, the number of domestic businesses involved in fertility is growing, giving birth to a slew of additional problems. Government statistics show the country's population dropped by 215,000 last year, as people are waiting longer to get married and have children.

Department H Tokyo, Japanese fetish alternative club! Bagelhead & body modifications art exhibit.

lacarmina.com — Tokyo has many crazy club nights, but which takes the cake? Department H, a monthly party that celebrates the wildest aspects of underground culture. You'll see monster costumes, sexy tentacle performances, anime-head masks, drag queens, extreme piercings, lesbian wrestling... read on for incredible photos!

Tokyo Granny Found Stuffed in Suitcase

thedailybeast.com — TOKYO - Coin lockers in Japan aren't just for dead babies anymore. Tokyo Station, one of Japan's largest terminals, and "terminal" may be the best word, was plunged into chaos and confusion on Sunday when news leaked that a corpse had been left behind in a coin locker.
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Jul 04, 2015

Julie, welcome to Japan where you are presumed guilty until proven guilty. #toyota #prejudice japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/07/0…

Jul 04, 2015

Celebrating the 4th of July with Miss America and Marilyn Monroe instagram.com/p/4uJS98DunN/

Jul 03, 2015

RT @MarshallGReport: Wow! MT, @stormhighway: "Montage & stack of lightning strikes over Gateway Arch during storm tonite. #stlwx #mowx http…

Jul 03, 2015

The basics of being a reporter. Excellent advice that I sometimes forget. twitter.com/dats/status/61…

Jul 03, 2015

Porn star says gamers are ‘freaks in the sack’ as study links violent video games and sex drive news.com.au/technology/hom… anecdotal but funny

Jul 03, 2015

The candy, the whip and freedom of press in Japan | The Japan Times japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/02/2…

Jul 03, 2015

Abe apologizes for LDP cabal's bashing, targeting of media | The Japan Times japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/07/0…

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