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Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japanby Jake Adelstein
Tokyo Vice is an almost unbelievable story of organized crime, human trafficking, and officials who look the other way, told by an American reporter — working for a Japanese newspaper — determined to expose the crimes. Adelstein's courage and commitment, combined with his storytelling chops, make this a riveting read.
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From the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police press club: a unique, firsthand, revelatory look at Japanese culture from the underbelly up.
At nineteen, Jake Adelstein went to Japan in search of peace and tranquility. What he got was a life of crime . . . crime reporting, that is, at the prestigious Yomiuri Shinbun. For twelve years of eighty-hour workweeks, he covered the seedy side of Japan, where extortion, murder, human trafficking, and corruption are as familiar as ramen noodles and sake. But when his final scoop brought him face to face with Japan’s most infamous yakuza boss—and the threat of death for him and his family—Adelstein decided to step down . . . momentarily. Then, he fought back.
In Tokyo Vice, Adelstein tells the riveting, often humorous tale of his journey from an inexperienced cub reporter—who made rookie mistakes like getting into a martial-arts battle with a senior editor—to a daring, investigative journalist with a price on his head. With its vivid, visceral descriptions of crime in Japan and an exploration of the world of modern-day yakuza that even few Japanese ever see, Tokyo Vice is a fascination, and an education, from first to last.
From the Hardcover edition.
An American journalist offers a unique, firsthand, revelatory look at Japanese culture from the underbelly up, in a book where he recounts his time as a crime reporter in the seedy side of Japan where extortion, murder, human trafficking and corruption were the norm.
A riveting true-life tale of newspaper noir and Japanese organized crime from an American investigative journalist.
Jake Adelstein is the only American journalist ever to have beenadmitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police Press Club, where for twelve years he covered the dark side of Japan: extortion, murder, human trafficking, fiscal corruption, and of course, the yakuza. But when his finalscoop exposed a scandal that reverberated all the way from the neon soaked streets of Tokyo to the polished Halls of the FBI and resulted in a death threat for him and his family, Adelstein decided to step down. Then, hefought back. In Tokyo Vice he delivers an unprecedented look at Japanese culture and searing memoir about his rise from cub reporter to seasoned journalist with a price on hishead.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Jake Adelstein was a reporter for the Yomiuri Shinbun, Japan’s largest newspaper, from 1993 to 2005. From 2006 to 2007 he was the chief investigator for a U.S. State Department-sponsored study of human trafficking in Japan. Considered one of the foremost experts on organized crime in Japan, he works as a writer and consultant in Japan and the United States. He is also the public relations director for the Washington, D.C.-based Polaris Project Japan, which combats human trafficking and the exploitation of women and children in the sex trade.
Table of Contents
Ten thousand cigarettes — The morning sun. Fate will be on your side ; It's not about learning, it's about unlearning ; All right, punks, grab your notebooks ; Blackmail, a budding reporter's best friend ; It's the New Year, let's fight ; The perfect manual of suicide ; The Chichibu Snack-mama Murder Case ; Bury me in a shallow grave : when the Yakuza come calling ; The Saitama Dog Lover Serial Disappearances, part one : so you're asking me to trust you? ; The Saitama Dog Lover Serial Disappearances, part two : out of bed. Yakuza are worthless leeches — The working day. Welcome to Kabukicho! ; My night as a host(ess) ; Whatever happened to Lucie Blackman? ; ATMS and jackhammers : a day in the life of a shakaibu reporter ; Evening flowers ; The emperor of loan sharks — Dusk. The empire of human trafficking ; Ten thousand and one cigarettes ; Back on the beat ; Yakuza confessions ; Two poisons.
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