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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.

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.

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.
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Aug 24, 2016

RT @reasonjp: @jakeadelstein she seems right on. Also part times in a demonic wrestling alter ego, which is just awesome. https://t.co/UV750rzxCm

Aug 24, 2016

RT @rickgoldenblatt: @jakeadelstein 「情報に自信と責任をもって話していません」ということかも :)

Aug 24, 2016

Half-japanese celebrity tells TV audience, "If u think every half-Japanese kid will b beautiful u r totally wrong."  http://news.livedoor.com/lite/article_detail/11925378/ 

Aug 23, 2016

Without insurance an EpiPen costs about $150 dollars.Be nice if she took a voluntary salary cut & lowered the price @tvytter @kevinmeyerson

Aug 23, 2016

The phrase "ということ" needs to vanish from the Japanese language. It's a meaningless addon that softens statements that should be factual.ということ

Aug 23, 2016

些細なことだが、やたらに「ということです」を繰り返していうニュースのアナウンサーにうんざり。 「●容疑者は容疑を否認してということです」「警察は関連性を調べているということです」。「●容疑者は容疑を否認しています」と言えばいい。余計な言い回しをつける必要がない...ということ。😉

Aug 23, 2016

RT @arshiyakhullar: Now that's a big scoop: AIG in Talks to Sell Lloyd’s Insurance Operations to Canada Pension Fund  http://on.wsj.com/2c3uJvY 

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