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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.

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.

Japan’s Sordid History of ‘Grudge’ Murders

thedailybeast.com — TOKYO - Japan was rocked by a horrific mass murder Tuesday morning in Tokyo perpetrated by a 26 year-old man, Satoshi Uematsu, a former nursing home worker who stabbed to death 19 disabled residents and injured 25 others before turning himself into the police.

Suspect in fatal stabbing of 19 wrote to a Japanese official about his plan to kill the disabled

latimes.com — A young Japanese man went on a stabbing rampage early Tuesday at a facility for the mentally disabled where he had been fired, officials said, killing 19 people months after he gave a letter to Parliament outlining the bloody plan and saying all disabled people should be put to death.

19 dead, 20 injured in knife attack outside Tokyo, news agency says

latimes.com — The Kyodo news agency is reporting that 19 people are dead and 20 injured following a knife attack in Sagamihara, outside Tokyo. A knife-wielding man attacked a facility for the disabled and then turned himself in, police said. This story will be updated.
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Sep 27, 2016

RT @VentureBeat: Trump’s climate-change conspiracy was the most retweeted tweet during the first debate  http://onvb.co/mw9Js30 

Sep 27, 2016

RT @katbeee: Second day in a row my train was late causing me to miss my bus. I thought this is Japan, not LA.

Sep 27, 2016

@KX_Creative Well, ask me how I feel about Drumpland in November. 苦笑

Sep 27, 2016

@KX_Creative Because it is often just a fine. And if you say you're innocent, they hold you 23 days. People notice that.

Sep 27, 2016

RT @asuka_250: 天木直人 @amakinaoto 日本語版のTwitterって、どうなっているのですか~ 日本国の元高級外務官僚の天木直人さんのツイートが全部消えてますよ~ 安部政権に対して批判的な呟きが多かったから消されてしまったのかな?… https://t.co/HMOMr6ST0c

Sep 27, 2016

RT @gingersoymilk: 稲田朋美防衛相が夫の「軍事産業株」保有で“配偶者の資産公開はプライバシー”と逆ギレ、夫を顧問にしながらどの口が  http://lite-ra.com/2016/09/post-2577.html  @litera_webさんから

Sep 27, 2016

@KX_Creative 1)emphasis on saving face over justice leads to wrongful conviction2) fear of losing case lets criminals go3) double jeopardy

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