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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 Japan, semi-paladin,LA Times writer, ネトウヨのアイドル@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.

In Japan, Teenage Girls Folding Paper Cranes Has Taken on a Whole New Meaning

news.vice.com — In the children's book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, a 12-year-old girl who had been living close to ground zero when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 is diagnosed with leukemia and given a short time to live.
Jul 20, 2015

RT @vicenews: In Japan, teenage girls folding paper cranes has taken on a very different meaning: bit.ly/1MggfBM pic.twitter.com/rVviM9oD2I

Jul 20, 2015

Japan’s Schoolgirl Business. AKB48 management & past yakuza ties. AV production. Meet Japan’s modern Zegen news.vice.com/article/in-jap…

Jul 20, 2015

Good morning, Tokyo. Teenage girls folding paper cranes has taken on a whole new meaning. news.vice.com/article/in-jap… #AKB48

Jul 21, 2015

In Japan, teen girls folding paper cranes has taken on a whole new meaning. news.vice.com/article/in-jap… Do you like #AKB48? You won't like this

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AKB48: A Microcosm Of Dark Corporate Japan. Sexual exploitation of child labor is sooo cute. (A book review and polemic)

jakeadelstein.wordpress.com — by Kaori Shoji One of the first things you'll notice about the Japanese - men AND women - is the apparent lack of awareness regarding issues like gender and racial discrimination, worker exploitation, social injustice and other stuff that have western observers of our culture taking one look and scratching their heads.
Jul 17, 2015

AKB48: A Microcosm Of Dark Corporate Japan. Sexual exploitation of child labor is sooo cute. (A … wp.me/p49uAu-w

Amid protests, Japan's legislature pushes ahead with military bills

chicagotribune.com — Controversial legislation that could result in Japanese troops fighting abroad for the first time since World War II passed the lower house of Japan's parliament on Thursday amid large public protests.

Amid protests, Japan's legislature pushes ahead with military bills

courant.com — Controversial legislation that could result in Japanese troops fighting abroad for the first time since World War II passed the lower house of Japan's parliament on Thursday amid large public protests.

Japan's lower house of parliament approves expanded military role

latimes.com — Japan's lower house of parliament on Thursday approved legislation that would allow an expanded role for the nation's military in a vote boycotted by the opposition. The vote came one day after Prime Minster Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc forced the bills through a committee despite intensifying protests.
Jul 16, 2015

Now with more fightin'! UPDATED: Japan's Lower House Passes War Bill (Preserve the Peace Bill) latimes.com/world/asia/la-…

Jul 16, 2015

RT @latimes: Japan moves toward sending soldiers to fight abroad for first time since WWII lat.ms/1Md6ncW

Jul 17, 2015

RT @latimes: Japan moves toward sending soldiers to fight abroad for first time since WWII lat.ms/1Md6ncW

Jul 17, 2015

RT @annafifield: Japan's NHK got so many complaints it had failed to serve public interest on security law, its phone lines went down latimes.com/world/asia/la-…

Jul 17, 2015

RT @latimes: Japan moves toward sending soldiers to fight abroad for first time since WWII lat.ms/1Md6ncW

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Are These the Last Days of Japan’s Prime Minister Abe?

thedailybeast.com — TOKYO - When the Walt Disney of Japan, Hayao Miyazaki, turns against you, you've lost the war for public support in Japan. You may win a few more battles, but in the court of public opinion you're good as gone.
Jul 15, 2015

Are These the Last Days of Japan’s Prime Minister Abe? thebea.st/1LaWf4g When Japan's Walt Disney Turns on you, too: game over

Jul 16, 2015

"It is a critical day, arguably the worst day, for democracy & constitutionalism in postwar Japan" thebea.st/1LaWcp2

Jul 16, 2015

RT @jakeadelstein: 宮崎駿監督「(安倍総理)は歴史に名前を残したいのだと思うが、愚劣だ」Are These the Last Days of Japan’s Prime Minister Abe? thebea.st/1LaWcp2

Jul 16, 2015

宮崎駿監督「(安倍総理)は歴史に名前を残したいのだと思うが、愚劣だ」Are These the Last Days of Japan’s Prime Minister Abe? thebea.st/1LaWcp2

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Pushing the yakuza underground may make Japan less peaceful

theguardian.com — It was a very lonely New Year's Day for many Japanese mafia members, aka the yakuza. In 2011, the top bosses would have opened their mailboxes to find them full of new year's greetings cards from other yakuza bosses, both their own and rival organisations.
Jul 08, 2015

RT @Ruairi95: An older, but great piece by @jakeadelstein that I've reread, detailing the yakuza's role in modern Japanese society. theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

In Japan, Hamster Asses Are Cute. Cute my ass, hamsters are homicidal rodents.

japansubculture.com — For some people in Japan, fondness for the rear ends of hamsters have been around for a while, but it was only until recently that the world discovered that there are Facebook pages, Twitter account, and even published photobooks of hamster asses that people go "ooh" and "aww" over.
Jul 06, 2015

In Japan, Hamster Asses Are Cute. Cute my ass, hamsters are homicidal cannibalistic rodents. japansubculture.com/in-japan-hamst…

Jul 14, 2015

In Japan, Hamster Asses Are Considered Cute. But if people knew the terrible truth.... japansubculture.com/in-japan-hamst…

Jul 26, 2015

In Japan, Hamster Asses Are Cute. Cute my ass, hamsters are homicidal rodents. japansubculture.com/in-japan-hamst…

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.
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

Justice, injustice & prejudice in Japan. Julie Hamp, Toyota exec presumed guilty until proven guilty japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/07/0…

Jul 04, 2015

RT @jakeadelstein: Justice, injustice & prejudice in Japan. Julie Hamp, Toyota exec presumed guilty until proven guilty http://t.co/MDmKec…

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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.
Jun 30, 2015

RT @latimes: Man sets himself on fire aboard Japanese bullet train, killing fellow passenger lat.ms/1KmZBPw

Jun 30, 2015

RT @latimes: Man sets himself on fire aboard Japanese bullet train, killing fellow passenger lat.ms/1KmZBPw

Jun 30, 2015

RT @latimes: Man sets himself on fire aboard Japanese bullet train, killing fellow passenger lat.ms/1U3XhS5

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Aug 02, 2015

@HubrisSonic no, the appear to be put together with hundreds of microscopic numbers and letters engraved in Carbonite

Aug 02, 2015

Today's #MtGox update. Going to feed & interview the cats. Will use this to distract other reporters. pic.twitter.com/gcMxPju7lC

Aug 02, 2015

I don't understand why the hell cats chase after these things. Does it… instagram.com/p/53hbqEDulZD0…

Aug 01, 2015

Piet Mondrian designed all of Tokyo's subway platforms. This is not… instagram.com/p/52sNWkDus0vb…

Aug 01, 2015

@colettebennett these babies belong to the former Bitcoin tycoon arrested by the Tokyo Police. A long story. They are innocent bystanders

Aug 01, 2015

Exclusive interview w/ Mt.Gox insiders. "We were out of the loop," cats claim. "We only traded fishcoin" #selfie pic.twitter.com/MbUXb67uMO

Aug 01, 2015

@pigbehindadesk I'm allergic to cats. But I like animals. I also greatly admire Mark's lawyer, Ogata Sensei.



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