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Jake Adelstein

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, Light House, 生き仏, semi-paladin, LA Times special correspondent, artisan scribbler @TheDailyBeast @Vicenews @japankenkyu

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.

What are the qualities of a really good spy?

medium.com — W hat are the qualities of a really good spy? 14 years ago, in October of 2002, I interviewed former CIA operative (NOC), Robert Baer. Robert Baer is the author of l: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism.

What are the qualities of a really good spy? (draft)

medium.com — W hat are the qualities of a really good spy? 14 years ago, in October of 2002, I interviewed former CIA operative (NOC), Robert Baer. Robert Baer is the author of l: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism.

How To Win A Debate In The USA

medium.com — I was once the Rockbrige Senior High School debate team. Yes, the entire debate team. Like an army of one. I never lost any school matches because I only was debating myself. Okay, perhaps I lost a few of those debates too. When it comes to exercising better judgement, I often lose internal debates with myself now.

Back to School? Japan Offers Sun Tzu’s ‘Art of War’ for First-Graders

thedailybeast.com — FIGHT WISELY TOKYO - The playground is a battlefield in Japan, and if you're old enough to read, then you might as well learn to fight, or avoid fighting, or run away if there's no way you can win the fight. Here, as summer vacation comes to an end, the kids are all scrambling to finish book reports.

One year on, gang splinter is tough to explain

japantimes.co.jp — More than a year has passed since the country's largest crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi, split into two. More than a dozen gangs defected from the Yamaguchi-gumi on Aug. 27, 2015, to form the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, headed by Kunio Inoue, as a rival syndicate and, even now, the reasons for the breakup remain unclear.

News, opinion and aggregation on business, politics, entertainment, technology, global and national – The Wire

thewire.com — TOKYO - Tadahiro Matsushita, the Minister of Financial Services, was found dead today, on World Suicide Prevention Day in what police are investigating as a suicide. He allegedly hung himself in his own home. He would not be he first Japanese government minister to kill himself and he won't be the last.

How to Prepare for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan

thrillist.com — It's really not so tough. Be polite, speak a little Japanese, and you'll enjoy an astonishing city. Tokyo has amazing jazz clubs: the Blue Note, the Cotton Club, Billboard, the Shinjuku Pit Inn, and some smaller clubs you'll have to ask around for. There are fantastic nightclubs like WOMB where you can get your groove on.

Only a cruel despot would stop Japan’s emperor from retiring

theguardian.com — What happens when God wants to retire? Although the emperor of Japan is no longer a god, there was a time, not so long ago, when the country's imperial rulers were believed to govern earthly affairs and those of heaven.

The Emperor Strikes Back: Japan’s Monarch Takes On Imperialist Abe

thedailybeast.com — Noblesse Oblige TOKYO - When the Emperor speaks, Japan listens and so does the world. Monday at 3:00 p.m. local time a speech by Emperor Akihito was televised on a date that commemorated no anniversary or major tragedy, as most of his addresses do. Instead it pertained to the very Imperial System itself.

Sitting on reform of the criminal justice system only exacerbates the problem

japantimes.co.jp — One of my favorite Japanese sayings is " Zen wa isoge," or "Make haste to do what is right." Such a philosophy is particularly true insofar as crime prevention is concerned - if you move too slowly, or not at all, terrible things can happen.
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Oct 21, 2016


Oct 21, 2016

RT @gaikoku_bstbs: 23日(日)のテーマ「世界から見たら変!?ニッポンの“接待”」。ゲストはみのもんた氏。久々にTVの報道番組に登場です!韓国の「接待禁止令」について芸能界きっての接待王(?)みのさんが外国人記者と激論を交わす。酒を飲まないトランプ氏… https://t.co/U9idDTX8j5

Oct 21, 2016

RT @karyn_poupee: 今週の日曜日に夜10時「外国人記者は見た」を是非ご覧下さい。テーマが「接待」で絶対楽しいです。しかも、みのもんた様がゲストです。3年ぶりテレビ出演と言う📺。BS-TBS @gaikoku_bstbs https://t.co/wi3woRnw9Y

Oct 21, 2016

RT @gaikoku_bstbs: 23日(日)のテーマ「世界から見たら変!?ニッポンの“接待”」。ゲスト久々に報道番組に登場のみのもんた氏。韓国の驚きの「接待禁止令」。酒を飲めないトランプ氏の接待術とは?みのさんが外国人記者と激論を交わします。日曜22時からです。 https://t.co/9DXr7RYzRx

Oct 21, 2016

RT @tonykeyesjapan: @shilkytouch @jakeadelstein Know the feeling. Don't put all your chickens and eggs in one horse and cart! - Or something like that!-)

Oct 21, 2016

RT @forte555913: わかる。イデオロギーに巻き込まれると、そういう商売しか出来なくなる。フィフィもただの日本好きの外国人から、売れなくなったあと、ネトウヨ芸になり始め、ついには日本会議の講演にでるようになってしまった。結果として、一番ギャラのいい民放… https://t.co/BMUojOO2IL

Oct 21, 2016

みのもんたさん& us. Surprisingly fun conversation. He has chutzpah. Watch the talk on @gaikoku_bstbs https://t.co/GakVCXfk50

Oct 21, 2016

RT @TimeOutTokyo: Ueno, Tokyo's premier museum centre, takes art out into the open at this three-day festival:  https://goo.gl/qP5TpQ  https://t.co/T1sqeoB6vw

Oct 21, 2016

RT @cyzo: 「電通」過労死の背後にある「鬼十則」! もはや「KAROSHI」は世界共通語に【ビジネスジャーナル】  http://ift.tt/2eXISef 

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