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Jake Adelstein

Usually Tokyo
Freelance Investigative Journalist and Contributor — Freelance, Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, Vice
Covers:  japan, sex work, crime, buddhism, organized crime, japanese subculture, yakuza, injustice, kit-kats, police, corporate malfeasance
Doesn't Cover: akb48, the beatles

Investigative journalist, Zen Buddhist Priest, Paladin. Social Justice Ninja #SJN "Trouble is my business." 調査報道記者・禅僧 @thedailybeast

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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...

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Life is a gun. It starts with a bang There's a trigger, but no trigger warning. The richer you are, the better the quality & the training. Depending on usage, it kills others or yourself. It's not illegal to own, but possession always ends with the death penalty
RT @mas__yamazaki: 首相、批判的報道に不満か…民放解体を業界警戒(読売) http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/politics/20180317-OYT1T50010.html  「安倍首相が目指す放送事業の見直しは、放送法4条などの規制の撤廃が目玉となる。背景には、首相に対する批判的な報道への不満があるよう… https://t.co/Dmh2gWpQ2w
RT @MotherJones: News doesn’t make money. It never has. Actual, original reporting has always been a de facto nonprofit endeavor, paid for…
RT @mediawatcher21: 中野晃一さん(立憲デモクラシーの会)スピーチ 森友疑惑を徹底追及、安倍内閣に総辞職を迫る3.18新宿西口・市民と野党の大街頭宣伝 2018年3月18日  https://youtu.be/Q_OMJUyRhFA  @YouTubeより
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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.