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Topics Adelstein, Jake, Crime -- Japan, Crime and the press -- Japan, Reporters and reporting -- Japan. PublisherPantheon Books. A riveting true-life tale of newspaper noir and Japanese organized crime from an American investigative journalist. Jake Adelstein is the only American. Jake Adelstein is the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police Press Club, where Tokyo Vice. An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan. by Jake Adelstein. ebook.
Much of the book takes place as Adelstein goes from strip-clubs to massage parlors in search of his latest scoop for some reason, Japanese strippers seemed to always have the information Jake needed. Adelstein's extended persistence in this dark side of Japanese society seems to have taken its toll on him.
Jake mentions at one point that virtually living in this world destroyed his sex-drive and caused him to see sex as a dirty and unpleasant thing. He charts numerous moral compromises and frequently crossing the line in to unfaithfulness to his wife as he pursued his stories. Curiously, his wife never seemed to mind his constant bar-hopping.
All of this did have a purpose, as Jake was able to expose the Japanese government's indifference to human trafficking. Even though I believe in total depravity, it is frankly shocking to see in Jake's firsthand accounts of the things human beings will do to each other. It is good to know that Jake was able to use his experiences in this part of Tokyo to help fight human trafficking and he still is due to his involvement with the Polaris Project.
Ultimately, Adelstein was able to successfully expose Goto's misdeeds, and the man was eventually removed from the Yamaguchi-gumi crime syndicate. Adelstein seems very proud of this achievement, and I don't blame him - after all, it was accomplished in the face of tremendous opposition. I was shocked at the candidness with which he evaluated his own life, and the way he lived during his time in Japan. Adelstein struck me throughout the book as a man so badly in need of redemption, of forgiveness, of atonement.
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If you've ever been interested in how the Yakuza does business in Japan their relationship to the police, the media, and the government or just interested in Japan in general, this book is for you. Written by Jake Adelstein the first ever foreign journalist to work in Japan's largest newspaper , the biography flies by, leaving you increasingly shocked and amazed at each new twist in the true-life story.
The author has indeed shown us inner working of Japanese mafia. However, it is felt that the attempt by author to point out activities which he attributes as unique to Japanese mafia is based on a wrong judgement.
I loved this book for many reasons—its humor, its pathos, its insight, its honesty—and maybe most of all, for reminding me of how lucky I am to live here. Days and Nights with Japan's Next Generation "Jake Adelstein writes in the classic hard-boiled Dashiell Hammett manner—complete with stubbed out cigarettes and a shot of whiskey shared with his cop informant—but this is not San Francisco or New York, it's Tokyo, and it's not fiction.
Those who live and work in Japan will recognize reality on every page. It's at times a harsh and ugly reality, but depicted humorously with whimsical details of Japan's twilight world that we only dreamt of.
A guaranteed page-turner. Tales from the Dark Side of Japan. From to he was the chief investigator for a U. 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. Toggle navigation.
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