Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan (Audio)
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... show more
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 work weeks, 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 a riveting, often humorous tale of his journey from an inexperienced cub reporter—who made rookie mistakes like getting in a martial-arts...
Publish date: October 20th 2009
Publisher: Random House Audio
Edition language: English
, Asian Literature
, True Crime
, Japanese Literature
I have mixed feelings about this book. It starts out as an irrelevant story about the author's journey into journalism in Japan as a foreigner and also about the relationship with the police. However, you already know the poop is going to hit the fan. It becomes riveting and I couldn't put the book...
Jake Adelstein is an American reporter who briefly ran a one-man crusade against the vice industry in Japan, with specific reference to human trafficking of Eastern European women into seedy Shinjuku, Tokyo. At the height of his work, he was briefly a special officer for the State Department, and I...
Nope!It's never a smart idea to get on the bad side of the Yamagushi-gumi, Japan's largest organized crime group. But when Jake Adelstein, a student from New Jersey, decides to join Japan's largest daily newspaper as a crime reporter, it isn't long before his investigations earn him some powerful en...
This is how great Twitter can be: when I was just 20 pages into Tokyo Vice, I posted this update:Jake Adelstein's TOKYO VICE makes me want to be yakuzaHe responded the next day with:@calebjross It's supposed to have the opposite effect. :)Considering that this exchange was completely unanticipated, ...