Jake Adelstein on Muck Rack

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As seen in:  Daily Beast
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 Japan, which combats human ... Read Full Bio →

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.
Jul 30, 2014

Police Say More Japanese Women Becoming Human Trafficking Victims (2013) The statistics don't tell the whole story. japansubculture.com/police-say-mor…

Jul 30, 2014

The days when Japan's 女衒 (zegen)--sex merchants skulked along the streets are over. Now they're businessmen. japansubculture.com/akb48-a-microc…

Jul 30, 2014

Girls join AKB48 on their own, when they're minors. They're underpaid, must be celibate, yet pose in adult magazines. Sexual exploitation?

Jul 30, 2014

Pimps make girls have sex w/ men, keep most of the money. Akimoto demands his girls DON'T have sex Progress #AKB48 japansubculture.com/akb48-a-microc…

Jul 30, 2014

Human traffickers in Japan used to be called Zenge. Now they're called "managers". #AKB48 japansubculture.com/akb48-a-microc…

Jul 30, 2014

Today is the UN World Day against human trafficking. Japan, you've come a long way baby. Maybe not. japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/04/0…

Jul 30, 2014

RT @poswald: @karlagollanes @jakeadelstein Gaijin cafes exist… they are just called Butler Cafes

Jul 30, 2014

@SarahJReports Not yet. After hearing about the rancid chicken meat in their chicken mcnuggets--I'm not so sure it's tofu.

Jul 30, 2014

Lighthouse Japan @LHJ_en is celebrating the UN World Day Against Human Trafficking in Shibuya. Have a heart, drop by lhj.jp/hot-topics/201…

Jul 30, 2014

Today is the United Nations 1st World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Join the battle w/ Lighthouse Japan lhj.jp/hot-topics/201…

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