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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.

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.

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.

Japan's public broadcaster reports that the emperor may abdicate, spurring denial and controversy

latimes.com — The news wasn't new. When Japan's public broadcaster, NHK, said Wednesday that Emperor Akihito intended to hand over his position while he is still alive, it was repeating what one of the country's top weekly magazines had reported three years ago. Now, as then, the Imperial Household Agency vehemently denied it.

Japan's ruling coalition wins election, opening door to constitutional change

latimes.com — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner won a majority of contested seats in Japan's parliamentary election Sunday, exit polls indicated, opening a path for them to amend Japan's postwar pacifist constitution. The results were also an endorsement of Abe's plans to revive Japan's flagging economy, the issue that he built his campaign around.

The Religious Cult Secretly Running Japan

thedailybeast.com — Caveat Emperor TOKYO - In the Land of the Rising Sun, a conservative Shinto cult dating back to the 1970s, which includes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and many of his cabinet among its adherents, finally has been dragged out of the shadows.

Porn industry takes first step toward recognizing it has a problem

japantimes.co.jp — Japan's multibillion-dollar pornography industry suffered a shock last month after police arrested three men connected with one of the country's top talent agencies, in a rare crackdown on illegal practices in the business.

Japan Scandalized by the Nipple Geezer

thedailybeast.com — CHIKAN LITTLE TOKYO - The Kyoto Police have taken down a legendary pervert. In Japan, the term for such people is chikan- men or women who grope, fondle, leer at, or otherwise sexually harass the opposite sex in public, usually on mass transit, like trains, subways, or even late-night buses.

Japanese porn industry says it's 'very sorry' that actress was coerced to have sex on camera

latimes.com — A crackdown on Japan's pornography industry may be changing practices that prompted complaints of human rights violations. Earlier this month, Tokyo Metro Police arrested executives of a well-known talent agency on suspicion of coercing an actress to engage in sex on camera. A human rights group had charged that such coercion was common in the industry.

The Trump Parody Video Going Viral in Japan

thedailybeast.com — TRUMPFORMER TOKYO-Japan loves Donald Trump-so much it wants to hug and kiss him-at least that's the impression you might get from the Japan Supports Donald Trump For World President 2016 Banzai! video that has now been seen over 14 million times on Facebook and 3 million times on YouTube.

Japanese police begin crackdown on coerced sex in the porn industry

latimes.com — Japan's pornography industry has come under greater scrutiny after Tokyo Metro Police arrested executives of a well-known talent agency on suspicion of coercing an actress to engage in sex on camera. Human rights groups had been calling for action for months.
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Jul 27, 2016

善は急げ Zen wa Isoge "Hurry to do good" Ie: Do good deeds quickly while there is a chance to be helpful. Are there other meanings?

Jul 26, 2016

@katbeee @kalebhorton Also read Interview magazine. Helps. Keeping up on colloquial Americanglish is tough.

Jul 26, 2016

RT @katbeee: Actually was taught to eavesdrop to write better dialog in screenwriting school, and now it's a habit I can't shake  https://twitter.com/kalebhorton/status/758018069784584192 

Jul 26, 2016

@elongreen Planning to be a centenarian! Here r some tips so u can tell ur kids about when 9/11 was political gold!  http://m.mentalfloss.com/article.php?id=54286 

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