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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.

Japan’s Nasty Nazi-ish Elections

thedailybeast.com — TOKYO - Japan will hold elections on December 14. That's for sure. The question is why? And what's behind them? And, take note, these are not questions that people in Japan are supposed to ask.

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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...

Obscenity arrest may be hiding dirty politics

japantimes.co.jp — What constitutes obscenity in Japan? The term, both legally and morally, has different meanings in Japanese, just as it does in English. In a strictly legal sense, the Japanese word for obscenity, waisetsu, refers to something that maliciously stimulates sexual desire in an inappropriate and immoral manner.

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campl.us — The subtle change of seasons in Japan is marked by vending machines with hot coffee, my bright green sweater

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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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Dec 20, 2014

Kim Jong Un, Avert Your Eyes: Sony’s ‘The Interview’ Gets the Porn Parody Treatment thebea.st/16CJFJ8 via @MissAuroraSnow

Dec 20, 2014

"Everyone knows that if you tell the truth, you will be punished; take part in the cover-up, you will be rewarded." thebea.st/ZmAMA0

Dec 20, 2014

Why the Crisis in VA Hospitals Shames Our Country on Memorial Day thebea.st/ZmAMA0 Yep, my Dad is in the article--I'm biased as hell.

Dec 20, 2014

@ziyatong Just DMed you! Fire me an email and I'll put you two in touch. He's a little whacky at times, so please be gentle. :D

Dec 20, 2014

@ziyatong Really. He's a pathologist and a researcher. I'll put you two in touch.

Dec 20, 2014

@ziyatong So this is what I think every time I read about this: rhino are dying for a bunch of idiots who think keratin is Viagra. #stupid

Dec 20, 2014

@ziyatong It would be pretty simple bioengineering, I imagine. It's a specific kind of keratin. I think he wanted to call it "Rhino Erecto"

Dec 20, 2014

@ziyatong My Dad has been trying to create synthetic black rhino horn to replace real stuff, discourage poaching. Getting a sample: tricky.

Dec 20, 2014

@ziyatong @FriendsOfMara @extinctsymbol Black Rhino horn is prized as a powder promoting virility but it's just keratin. Buy #Viagra dudes

Dec 20, 2014

@karenkho @elongreen @evaholland Cream cheese: plain, chive, or maple walnut but never ever "Lox Flavored." Can it be eaten with Latkes? Hmm

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