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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.

Keeping the yakuza away from the 2020 Olympics

japantimes.co.jp — The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo should be a cause for celebration but this may depend on who you talk to. Takajima Publishing released a book by Yoshinari Ichinomiya in June 2014 titled "2020 Black Money and the Tokyo Olympics" that portrays the event as an underworld party.

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Drone with radioactive material found on Japanese prime minister's office roof

courant.com — A small drone aircraft containing what was believed to be a minute amount of radioactive cesium was discovered Wednesday morning on the heliport above Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe 's office. No one was injured, and Abe was traveling in Indonesia at the time the drone was found by office staff, but police said they were investigating the incident as possible terrorist threat.

Drone with radioactive material found on Japanese prime minister's office roof

latimes.com — A small drone aircraft containing what was believed to be a minute amount of radioactive cesium was discovered Wednesday morning on the heliport above Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office. No one was injured, and Abe was traveling in Indonesia at the time the drone was found by office staff, but police said they were investigating the incident as possible terrorist threat.

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Photos Allegedly Linking an Olympic Official to the Yakuza Keep Causing Him Problems

news.vice.com — Hidetoshi Tanaka (left) with Shinobu Tsukasa, the head of the Yamaguchi-gumi, in 2005 For months, people have seen photos circulating online that allegedly show Japan Olympic Committee Vice Chairman Hidetoshi Tanaka hobnobbing with Japanese yakuza bosses. But on Tuesday, Japan saw its first significant official response to the photos.

Learning valuable lessons from the yakuza?

japantimes.co.jp — "He had connections and interactions with individuals related to the yakuza. Why on earth would he be appointed a (Cabinet) minister? The responsibility of the prime minister for appointing him to this position is tremendously weighty." These angry words were said by a New Komeito Diet member in 2012.

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How Rogue U.S. Agents Allegedly Shook Down Mt. Gox

thedailybeast.com — In cyberspace, no good deed goes unpunished. Two federal agents with lead roles in the investigation to take down Silk Road, the international Internet black market and drug bazaar, allegedly stole proceeds from the underground site, in the form of bitcoin, and hid their illicit earnings while conducting the investigations.

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campl.us — I appeared (allegedly) on BS朝日 「いま世界は」World Now tonight. I didn't watch so I don't know If I survived editing.????
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May 29, 2015

RT @ZAITEN: ■特集 テレビ局の「権力とカネ」 全128テレビ局「電波利用料」一挙公開 売上高の1%にも満たない電波利用料しか支払っていない民放キー局。国民の共有財産を低廉に占有しているのみならず、新規参入を阻み、経済成長をも阻害しているのだ。 bit.ly/aVBhAm

May 29, 2015

RT @ZAITEN: 【新連載・没落の創業家】 西武ホールディングス・堤家 堕ちた総帥「堤義明」の2人の息子と〝荻窪夫人〟 -----------------------------------------bit.ly/aVBhAm

May 29, 2015

RT @ZAITEN: シャープ再建報道を巡る取材合戦の「舞台裏」

May 29, 2015

RT @jucnag: おおお、戦争法案を野党が審議拒否!?凄いことになってきた…!!! 【速報】民維共3党が平和のために審議拒否 みんなで応援しよう!賛同した人はリツィート! blog.goo.ne.jp/kokkai-blog/e/…

May 29, 2015

Japan's National Diet debates how to handle jeering Prime Minister. Idiocy may be tolerated but not rudeness 安部ボンボンwww3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/2015…

May 29, 2015

RT @kou_ter: Reading:衆院特別委 首相のやじで対応を協議 NHKニュース nhk.jp/N4JU4EdA

May 29, 2015

It's very rude to ask a guy, "Why don't you have a girlfriend?" You should ask, "Why aren't you married yet?"



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