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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.

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The Grisly History of Japan’s “Black Widows”

thedailybeast.com — TOKYO, Japan-On November 19, the Kyoto Police arrested a wealthy 67-year-old widow on suspicion of poisoning her 75-year-old husband with cyanide-and investigators suspect she may have murdered five other former partners. Thursday morning, while raiding her second home, the police discovered empty medicine capsules they believe she may have used in the alleged crime.

This May Be the Most Dangerous - and Most Costly - Photo In Japan

news.vice.com — Hidetoshi Tanaka (left) with Shinobu Tsukasa, the head of the Yamaguchi-gumi, in 2005 The above picture may be worth more than $1 billion in Japan. At the very least, it's worth a severe beating by gangsters armed with baseball bats.

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campl.us — This weekend: picked up a Ferrari, got married, learned new sex position: Rolls-Royce. Went to shrine. Knotfest

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Amazon.com: People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo--and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up (9780374230593): Richard Lloyd Parry: Books

amazon.com — Amazon.com: People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo--and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up (9780374230593): Richard Lloyd Parry: Books

And 17 Other Important Things to Remember

goodreads.com — Never Smile at a Monkey: And 17 Other Important Things to Remember by Steve Jenkins is on Jake's read shelf. Jake gave this book 4 stars
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Nov 26, 2014

Bitcoin Exchange Kraken Joins The Mt Gox Investigation; The collapse still shrouded in darkness japansubculture.com/bitcoin-exchan…

Nov 26, 2014

RT @JennLi123: This is amazing. Get in the mind of a misogynist with the 'Pick Up Artist Simulator' game games.usvsth3m.com/pua/ via @mjberryman

Nov 26, 2014

I'm not much of an Obama fan these days but towards Native Americans he has done some good. Or tried. nytimes.com/2012/04/14/us/…

Nov 26, 2014

The joy of having children is that you get to justify doing all the stupid fun things you wanted to do as a kid.

Nov 26, 2014

@Tax_Sumo I'm actually probably only quarter Vulcan. Only have one pointed ear. Clearly my real father. I take after my Romulan uncle.

Nov 26, 2014

@Barbiewithatude yep! Going to explain the history to my kids today. kids.nationalgeographic.com/content/kids/e… this is a pretty good way to do it



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