Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 13, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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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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User Review  - haylock - LibraryThing

unexpected. deeply curious and resourceful writer Adelstein goes deep and reveals fascinating detail about how the other side operates. fascinating and satisfying book. Read full review

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User Review  - Speesh - LibraryThing

This is a bit of an odd one. Non-fiction, written by an American newspaper reporter called Jake Adelstein. No, me neither. When I say 'American newspaper reporter', I mean, he's American and he was a ... Read full review

Contents

Ten Thousand Cigarettes
3
Fate Will Be on Your Side
11
Its Not About LearningIts About Unlearning
22
All Right Punks Grab Your Notebooks
36
Blackmail a Budding Reporters Best Friend
48
Its the New Year Lets Fight
56
The Perfect Manual of Suicide
62
The Chichibu Snackmama Murder Case
73
Whatever Happened to Lucie Blackman?
169
A Day in the Life of a Shakaibu
197
Evening Flowers
203
The Emperor of Loan Sharks
213
The Empire of Human Trafficking
237
Ten Thousand and One Cigarettes
262
Yakuza Confessions
276
Two Poisons
294

Bury Me in a Shallow Grave When the Yakuza Come Calling
87
Welcome to Kabukicho
139
My Night as a Hostess
158
Epilogue
320
Note on Sources and Source Protection
331
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About the author (2009)

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.


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