Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein
An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

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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: extortion, murder, human trafficking, fiscal corruption, and of course, the yakuza. 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.


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About Jake Adelstein

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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.
 
Published October 7, 2009 by Vintage. 404 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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A young Japanese-schooled Jewish-American who worked as a journalist at Tokyo newspaper Yomiuri Shinbun during the 1990s, debut author Adelstein began with a routine, but never dull, police beat; befo

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American gets job in Japan's largest daily newspaper and tangles with the yakuza as he investigates the illicit side of Japan.

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Examiner

From March 9-19, New York’s Japan Society simmers nearly 50 years of yakuza (Japanese mafia) movies—a mainstay of Japanese cinema—in the Globus Film Series Hardest Men in Town: Yakuza Chronicles of Sin, Sex & Violence, featuring 15 of the genre’s sharpest selections.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

What begins as a fascinating story of an American somehow landing a job as a journalist for a Japanese-language newspaper and bumbling his way through the complexities of a Japanese workplace gradually becomes an even more fascinating but disturbing account of the far-reaching yakuza.

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The Daily Beast

Photo by Intricate tattoo of a member of the Yakuza, the Japanese mafia.

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The Anniston Star

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Rambles

Luckily, we're in good hands: Adelstein not only has to explain Japanese culture, but Japanese newspaper culture, Japanese cop culture, Japanese sex crime laws and the workings and upiquitousness of the yakuza.

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