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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.

Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan: Jake Adelstein: 9780307475299: Books

'Obsolete' gangsters proving problematic

japantimes.co.jp — Organized crime syndicates are not fading away, they're just becoming obsolete. Lawyer Hideaki Kubori and journalist Atsushi Mizoguchi, the country's leading expert on the powerful Yamaguchi-gumi gang, held a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on Oct. 20.
Oct 31, 2015

RT @latikia: ‘Obsolete’ gangsters proving problematic by Jake Adelstein via The Japan Times: All Stories ift.tt/1GDyWPI

What’s Weird about Japanese Halloween

thedailybeast.com — TOKYO - In Japan, data show women prefer vampires and men prefer witches―at least on Halloween. But judging by the huge numbers of women in sexy nurse uniforms and the dearth of male vampires we see around this time of year in Tokyo, apparently the two sides haven't figures this out.
Oct 30, 2015

In Japan, data shows women prefer vampires and men prefer witches. thebea.st/1MyjS8D via thedailybeast

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The Sexual Exploitation of Children in Japan Is Condemned by UN After Investigation

news.vice.com — After an eight-day fact-finding mission in Japan, a UN investigator condemned the country's failure to address the sexual exploitation of children. "We have many forms of sexual exploitation of children in Japan, many of which are not necessarily criminalized," said Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, special rapporteur for the United Nations on the sale of children, child prostitution, and child pornography.
Oct 27, 2015

The sexual exploitation of children in Japan is condemned by the UN after investigation: news.vice.com/article/the-se… via @vicenews

Oct 27, 2015

RT @kyhenderson: The sexual exploitation of children in Japan is condemned by the UN after investigation: news.vice.com/article/the-se… by @jakeadelstein @ViceNews

Oct 27, 2015

RT @andrewglazer: The sexual exploitation of children in Japan is condemned by the UN after investigation: news.vice.com/article/the-se… via @vicenews

Oct 27, 2015

The U.N. investigated the sexual exploitation of kids in Japan, and didn't like what it found: news.vice.com/article/the-se…

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Japan's Yakuza Cancels Halloween

thedailybeast.com — TOKYO - It's been over a month since Japan's largest organized crime group, the Yamaguchi-gumi, split into two rival factions, and, ever since, people here have been waiting for something to go bump (or be bumped off) in the night.
Oct 25, 2015

Japan's Yakuza Cancels Halloween - On Halloween, Japan’s largest organized crime group use… ift.tt/1RuCS5w pic.twitter.com/gtXRfVfbMt

Oct 25, 2015

"But the [Japanese Halloween] event was called off this year due to a possible gang war." thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/…

Oct 25, 2015

RT @jakeadelstein: Japan's Yakuza Halloween Tragedy: no treats this year kids. thebea.st/1OOwrgb via @thedailybeast

Oct 25, 2015

RT @cstross: The Yamaguchi-gumi just cancelled their Halloween festivities in Kobe: thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/…

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A Yakuza War Is Brewing in Japan - And the Police Are Taking Sides

news.vice.com — Earlier this month, Japan's National Police Agency held an emergency meeting to discuss what they believed was a looming crisis. The country's largest organized crime group, the 24,000-member Yamaguchi-gumi, had just split apart. And police feared the kind of violence that might follow.

Fukushima Kids Are Getting Cancer

Oct 08, 2015

RT @thedailybeast: Kids near Fukushima are getting as much as 50 times more cancer than other Japanese children thebea.st/1R0V3Q4 pic.twitter.com/ETuf80aucO

Oct 09, 2015

RT @thedailybeast: Kids living near Fukushima nuclear plant get thyroid cancer 20 to 50 times more than their counterparts elsewhere thebea.st/1ZfVKLh

Who's responsible for the Fukushima disaster?

japantimes.co.jp — The International Atomic Energy Agency released its comprehensive - but mostly ignored - final report on Fukushima on Aug. 30. It blamed the March 2011 triple meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 power plant on a blind belief in "the nuclear safety myth."
Oct 04, 2015

Who's responsible for the Fukushima disaster? (I wrote this before the latest TEPCO cover-up was reported.) japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/10/0…

Oct 26, 2015

RT @hervecourtois1: Who’s responsible for the Fukushima disaster? BY JAKE ADELSTEIN SPECIAL TO THE JAPAN TIMES OCT 3, 2015 Tthe... fb.me/552Iy8F5Q

Will the Yakuza Turn 4Chan into a Weapon?

thedailybeast.com — Christopher "Moot" Poole, 4chan 's founder, announced this week that he's sold his website to Hiroyuki Nishimura, creator of 2channel (2chan)-4chan's inspiration and template. If you don't know 4chan, the message board created in 2003, you don't know one of the darker sides of the web. Don't feel compelled to go exploring.
Sep 25, 2015

Police worry that 2chan’s sordid history of death, destruction and evading justice could come to 4chan.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/…

Sep 25, 2015

“As the manager of 2chan don’t you worry that you are going to pull the trigger in someone’s suicide?” Maybe not. thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/…

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Japan lawmakers pass legislation expanding military's role for first time since WWII

latimes.com — After scuffles in the normally staid Japanese parliament, human barricades and weeks of noisy citizen protests outside, lawmakers passed controversial legislation early Saturday that will allow the nation's troops to fight overseas for the first time since World War II. The bills were passed after desperate attempts by the opposition to delay the votes.
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Nov 28, 2015

RT @farchive2013: 岩波書店『世界』の連載『解題吉田調書 ないがしろにされた手順書』は、東京電力がEOP手順書に従って収束作業をしていたら2号機と3号機の炉心溶融は回避できるチャンスがあったと指摘する。3号機は2度チャンスがあったと言う。#解題吉田調書 pic.twitter.com/uaqt3SzO7X

Nov 28, 2015

I know Isis fighters. Western bombs falling on Raqqa will fill them with joy | Jürgen Todenhöfer gu.com/p/4etvc/stw

Nov 28, 2015

RT @latimes: Doctors recount the Paris terror attacks: 'This is the civil application of war medicine' lat.ms/1XmiDhS pic.twitter.com/dguw1MnRXi

Nov 28, 2015

RT @fourstories: One of our smartest thinkers & writers on race, multiculturalism, and belonging in #Japan. & oh, my answer is never. https…

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