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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.

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"Not just a hard-boiled true-crime thriller, but an engrossing, troubling look at crime and human exploitation in Japan." Kirkus Reviews

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"Adelstein doesn't lack for self-confidence... but beneath the bravado are a big heart and a relentless drive for justice." The Boston Globe

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"Adelstein never loses his gift for crisp storytelling and an unexpectedly earnest eagerness to try to rescue the damned." Time

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"A classic piece of 20th century crime reporting." The Japan Times

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. 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.

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JTC, April 19, 2013 (view all comments by JTC)
After a dozen years working the crime beat for one of Japan's biggest papers, the author surely knows his way around Tokyo's mean streets. That's why I was so looking forward to Tokyo Vice taking me for a ride through the underside of the Japanese metropolis. In the end I just felt like I had been taken for a ride. Adelstein seems to stop short just when the tale is getting interesting and takes the long way around minor details when a short cut would have sufficed. Perhaps the greatest crime in Tokyo Vice though is its mangled prose. There never seems to be an editor around when you need one.
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Steven Carl, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by Steven Carl)
I heard about this book from a friend. We're both Japanaphiles and it looked interesting and informative. If you know nothing at all about Japanese culture and lifestyles and are curious, this book may be a bit hardcore to start out with. Every country has its dark side. Crime, prejudices and vices are in every culture. The major differences between countries in in how they deal with and persieve these things. In Tokyo Vice you get to experience through the eyes of a gaijin (foriegner) just how different the Japanese are from those of us from a western European background. In this book Jake shares his experiences with being an American Jew working for a major Japanese newspaper in graphic detail. He writes about how the difference between the two cultures is obvious in everything from daily living (eating, bathing, conversation) to how the reporters get there information from the police and especially in how the Yakuza (Japanses organized crime) are treated and percieved by both the police and the public. The fact that this is a true story makes it even more fascinating. It's mostly fast paced and always informative and denfinitely eye opening.
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jakeadelstein, February 19, 2010 (view all comments by jakeadelstein)
It should have been jigjisan--oops. 自画自賛 is the kanji version.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307378798
Subtitle:
An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
Author:
Adelstein, Jake
Publisher:
Pantheon
Subject:
Organized crime
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Crime -- Japan.
Subject:
Adelstein, Jake
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Publication Date:
20091013
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.50x6.30x1.17 in. 1.29 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages Pantheon Books - English 9780307378798 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

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.

"Review" by , "Not just a hard-boiled true-crime thriller, but an engrossing, troubling look at crime and human exploitation in Japan."
"Review" by , "Adelstein doesn't lack for self-confidence... but beneath the bravado are a big heart and a relentless drive for justice."
"Review" by , "Adelstein never loses his gift for crisp storytelling and an unexpectedly earnest eagerness to try to rescue the damned."
"Review" by , "A classic piece of 20th century crime reporting."
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