As an American journalist in Japan, Jake Adelstein uncovered a Excerpt: ‘ Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan’. is a colleague’s review of a new book on the subject, “Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan”, by Jake Adelstein. Tokyo Vice is the story of Jake Adelstein, the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police press club: a unique .

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Not a career path chosen by those who plan to live a long life. I am currently backpacking on my own through Japan and happened to snag your book while on the road. Ahh, the ethics questions.


If a little bit of Sekiguchi, Hamaya, Shibata, and Helena, live on in the book—it makes me happy. Feb 12, Barry Graham rated it it was amazing.

He joins Terry Gross to talk about that work, his book jqke the organized-crime landscape in Japan. That seems to be more and more the norm.

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Considered one of the foremost experts… More about Jake Adelstein. The first few chapters hooked me in describing how the author actually managed to get into Japanese journalism when his Japanese writing skills were only marginal. He’s a classic screw-up, rude, clumsy, never on time.


He turned to me again. Heard on Fresh Air. He downplays but admits to crushing difficulties, at least difficulties that would crush toko of us. Rika told me that she was always having trouble with the Yakuza, fights, etc. The thing is, the girls I knew at the bars were not prostitutes or they did it on their own time.

I guess that was the right answer, because he chuckled and winked at me. Kyodo, jkae wire service, which is the Associated Press of Japan, was harder to figure out.

Then, when I was 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.

Some examples of Adelstein’s writing: The book is also available on iTunes via Audible. I didn’t stop reading though, because there is valuable information here. It seemed at odds with the image I thought most people in Japan had of America–as a voice of democracy, spreading liberty and justice throughout the free world.

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Thanks for few days of great adventure with your book. Thank you for your book…really thanks. Nov 24, Dana Moison rated it liked it. Reading your story, following your journey and all your struggles was intense and kind of mindblowing at times. I look forward to many more Jake Adelstein books.


It was really interesting. Most of my fellow students had jobs already promised them before their graduation–a practice called naitei, which is unethical, but everyone does it.

Madame Tantra, a very cute Japanese woman wearing a shawl, with a red mark on her forehead like a Hindu priestess, appeared on the screen in a blaze of smoke and had me pick my cards.

I will recommend it. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. My favorite part was how one chapter ended with Jake lamenting how zdelstein purposefully ignores the humanity of female sex workers, seeing them as objects to be used and not caring when they are abused.

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I was attending the sister school of Ikeda elementary school at the time, and it brought back a lot of memories. Once we rented a limo adrlstein the staff of the Superman bar when to see sammy davis in toyko. Amazing writing, read it on my way back to Japan, 23 hours in an airplane.

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 adelsttein side of Japan:

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