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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

seeker, author of Tokyo Vice, investigative journalist, Light House board member, semi-paladin, primate @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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Yakuza do what Abe Cabinet pick can't

japantimes.co.jp — In most countries, police officers and criminals are supposed to be on opposite sides of the law, especially the higher up the chain of command you go, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe doesn't appear to think this is necessary.

Jake Adelstein - The Wire

thewire.com — What matters now

Japan’s Whacky National Police Commissioner Says She Wants To Make Divorce Illegal…and scrap the democratic constitution (among other things)

jakeadelstein.wordpress.com — Recently appointed head of Japan's Public Safety Commission, Eriko Yamatani 山谷えり子, who oversees all of Japan's police forces, may be inappropriate to deal with Japan's domestic violence issues---among other things. She has been in the news recently for her alleged ties to the Zaitokukai, a hate speech group that the UN, the United States, and even Japan's National...

For Top Pols in Japan Crime Doesn’t Pay, But Hate Crime Does

thedailybeast.com — TOKYO, Japan - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be speaking to the United Nations this Friday, but he may not be very welcome. In late July, the United Nations' Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination urged Japan to crack down on the growing cases of "hate speech" targeting foreign residents.

The Case of the Yakking Yakuza

thedailybeast.com — TOKYO, Japan - In Southern Japan, where violent gang wars continue for years, everyone has a long memory and forgiveness is rarely given. But sometimes justice is served. This week the Japanese National Police Agency used evidence from a cold case dating back 16 years to arrest the heads of Japan's "most violent" yakuza group-the Kudo-kai-on charges of homicide.

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In Japan, Zima Haz No Zexual Preference

thedailybeast.com — Out of all the abominations created in the "clear drink" craze of the 1990s, nothing emerged as a bigger joke than Zima, a fizzy alcoholic beverage that tasted faintly like Sprite. Originally touted as "Zomething Different," a clear alternative to beer but also a malt liquor, Zima was touted with a cheesy marketing campaign featuring a smooth-talking male who replaced his S's with Z's.

Japanese Thugs In Osaka Learn That Crime Does Not Pay…if you post yourself on YouTube committing the crime

japansubculture.com — Two thugs in Japan's Osaka area have learned that not paying for your light cigarettes is a heavy crime, and that crime doesn't pay, especially if you upload your footage of you committing the crime onto YouTube.
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Oct 23, 2014

@joecopeland @Crosscut I was planning to go but then realised it would be impossible. Please send my best wishes to everyone there.

Oct 22, 2014

@meghara lol! I tried to learn Cantonese. My instructor quit after a week. He said,, "You listen but you do not hear." haunting words :D

Oct 22, 2014

@meghara You've done something miraculous today. You've made me empathise with Zuck. (Having flashbacks to speaking Japanese in college)

Oct 22, 2014

RT @meghara: Agree MT @damienics give Zuckerberg a break. Sure, his tones are off, but so what. I could still understand 90% of what he was trying to say

Oct 22, 2014

RT @jruwitch: Special Report: Traffickers use abductions, prison ships in Asian slave trade @Journotopia @MimiSawitta @phirschberg1 reut.rs/1CTULT9

Oct 22, 2014

Top Regulator Says Bank CEOs Meant Well -- This Evidence Says Otherwise @HuffPostBlog huff.to/1s2N1I6 via @HuffPostPol

Oct 22, 2014

Nothing is wrong with Renee Zellweger's face. There's something wrong with us gu.com/p/42jk9/tw

Oct 22, 2014

RT @MNMissy: 'Hero' official shot gunman - Members of parliament, the press and the public hailed 58-year-old Kevin Vickers -- ... ow.ly/2PwwR0

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