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Oct 13, Pages Buy. Oct 20, Minutes Buy. Oct 05, Pages. Oct 13, Pages. Oct 20, Minutes. 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 been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police Press Club, where for twelve years he covered the dark side of Japan: But when his final scoop 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, he fought 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 his head. From the Trade Paperback edition. From the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police press club: At nineteen, Jake Adelstein went to Japan in search of peace and tranquility. What he got was a life of crime.
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.
In Tokyo ViceAdelstein 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. From to he was the chief investigator for a US State Department—sponsored study of human trafficking in Japan. Considered one of the foremost experts… More about Jake Adelstein.
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Adelstein shares juicy, salty, and occasionally funny anecdotes, but many are frightening. In yokyo of the freshest pages of the book, our unlikely hero tells us about his initiation into the seamy, tough-guy Japan beneath the public courtesies. Adelstein builds his stories with as much surprise and grit as any Al Pacino adelsteij Mark Wahlberg movie, blurring the lines between the cops, the crooks and even the journalists.
Tokyo Vice is often so snappy and quotable that it sounds as if it were a treatment for a Scorsese movie set in Queens. Yet the facts beneath the noirish lines are assembled with what looks to be ferocious diligence and resourcefulness.
For even as adelsteni is getting slapped around by thugs and placed under police protection, Adelstein never loses his gift for crisp storytelling and an tojyo earnest eagerness to try to rescue the damned. Astonishingly proves that tikyo matter how weird and perverse Japan may seem in fiction, the real thing never fails to exceed our most violent expectations.
Stakes are raised in its third act as ivce yakuza exercise increasing pressure on Adelstein, but he pursues the story anyway. Its classic atmospherics rekindle memories of Walter Winchell and Eliot Ness. Definitely raises the bar. A classic piece of 20th century crime reporting. Pulls the curtain back on adelztein sordid element of Japanese society that few Westerners ever see. With gallows humor and a hardboiled voice, Adelstein takes readers on a shadow journey through the Japanese underworld and examines the twisted relationships of journalists, cops, and gangsters.
Expertly told and highly entertaining. Adelstein chases two major stories that pull aadelstein into a vortex of destruction, threatening his friendships, his marriage and even his life.
As he battles with profound issues concerning truth and trust, Tokyo Vice approaches a heart-pounding denouement. This is a terrifying, deeply moral story which you cannot put down, and Adelstein, if occasionally reckless, is an extremely courageous man. A yakuza offered jwke half a million dollars not to tell it.
He wrote this book instead. Why is a manual on the perfect way to commit suicide a Japanese bestseller? Who goes to sexual harassment clinics? Tokyo Vice reveals all this and more. 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. Those who live and work in Japan will recognize reality on every page.
Tales from the Dark Side of Japan. In high school I had many problems with anger and self-control. I had been studying Zen Buddhism and karate, and I thought Japan would be the perfect place to reinvent myself. When I got to Japan, I managed to find lodgings in a Soto Zen Buddhist temple where I lived for three years, attending zazen meditation at least once a week.
How did you become a jske for the most popular Japanese-language newspaper? The Yomiuri Shinbun runs a standardized test, open to all college students. Many Japanese firms hire young grads this way. I spent an entire year eating instant ramen and studying. I managed to find the time to do it by quitting my job as an English teacher and working as a Swedish-massage therapist for three overworked Japanese women two days a week.
It turned out to be a slightly sleazy gig, but it paid the bills. There was a point when I was ready to give up studying and the application process.
Then, when I ja,e in Kabukicho on June 22,I asked a tarot fortune-telling machine for advice on my career path, and it said that with my overpowering morbid curiosity I was destined to become a journalist, a job at which I would flourish, and that fate would be on my side. I took that as a good sign. I still have the kake. I did well enough on tikyo initial exam to get to the interviews, and managed to stumble my way through that process and get hired.
I think I was an experimental case that turned out jke well. Do you think people talked more openly to you tikyo you were American? I think Japan is actually more open than people give it credit for.
However, to get the door open, you really need to become fluent in the spoken and written language. The written language was a nightmare for me.
Tokyo Vice: The book
The yakuza are outsiders in Japanese society, and perhaps being a fellow outsider gave us a weird kind of bond.
The cops investigating the yakuza also tend to be oddballs.
I was mentored into an early understanding and appreciation of the code of both the yakuza and the cops. Reciprocity and honor are essential components for both. Do you feel that investigative journalism is being threatened or aided by the expansion of the Internet and news blogs, and the closing down of many printed newspapers?
Tokyo Vice: The book – Japan Subculture Research Center
In one sense it is being threatened because investigative journalism is rarely a solo project. It requires huge amounts of resources, capital, and time to really do one story correctly. Legal costs and FOIA documents are expensive things. The bigger the target, the greater the risk and the more money is required. The second-biggest threat to investigative journalism is crooked lawyers and corporate shills who sue as a harassment tactic.
It took me almost three years to break the story about yakuza receiving liver transplants at UCLA on my own. The costs in financial terms were immense, and so were the losses along the way.
A team of reporters could have done the work much faster, probably. However, these things said, blogging is also a great source of news that might go unreported, or be overlooked, by the mainstream media. Twitter, too, has had an interesting impact, actually helping a journalist get out of jail in the case of James Karl Buck.
They do an awesome job at investigative journalism, partly through donations, and they have a great Web site. So the Internet is not all bad for investigative journalism, as long as we proceed with caution and forethought. At the same time, real intelligence-gathering work actually requires you to put down your cell phone and your computer and get off your ass and meet people in the real world. As odious as it may be, we have to sift through garbage, pound the pavement, and visit the scene of the crime.
Has anything changed with regard to sex trafficking in Japan in the recent past?
Japan should be given credit for really cracking down on the sexual trafficking vicw exploitation of adeldtein women. Unfortunately, this has prompted the scumbags who rule the human-trafficking world to set their sights on domestic victims, usually runaway teenage girls.
We are now receiving many calls from teenage girls who are being blackmailed or coerced into prostitution. Of course, these girls also provide fodder for child pornography and neo-child pornography, which Japan still produces in great amounts.
It would be nice to see Japan create some real shelters for teenage runaways rather than just driving them into the arms of the bad guys. In Tokyo Vicethere is a price placed on your jale by a certain yakuza faction. Can you travel freely in Japan today? I wish I knew the answer to this one.
The faction I pissed off, the Goto-gumi, has been split into two groups. Goto Tadamasa, their leader, is vive allegedly retired and a Buddhist priest. He was a notorious yakuza gang boss, very wealthy, and known to decimate his enemies—even public figures. He may be officially retired, but cars belonging to the Goto-gumi have been showing up parked around my neighborhood. You can recognize them by their license plates, which include the numberreadable as go-to in Japanese—and they are usually black Mercedes-Benz.
Yakuza love German cars.