Jake Adelstein


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American born Jake Adelstein spent most of his adult life as a crime reporter for the Yomiuri Shinbun, Japan’s largest newspaper, prior to becoming chief investigator for a U.S. State Department study of human trafficking in Japan.

Author of Tokyo Vice: a Western reporter on the police beat in Japan, Adelstein is a recognised expert on Japanese organised crime gangs known as the yakuza. In this video, he explains key points about the yakuza, including how yakuza organisations are structured, how they operate, and the context in which they operate.

He also explains how he came to be accepted amongst Japanese, and expands on some of the subtleties of Japanese culture.



24 Jan 2011

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01 Jan 2011


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Dear Mr. Adelstein,
Are you aware that President Obama issued an Executive Order-Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations. You seem to know a lot about yakuza . But you did not mention anything about the cross-border activities of yakuza, without which President Obama would not have included them in the targets. You worked for the US State Department to investigate the human trafficking. I wonder if the Department released nay publication in this regard. I would appreciate your answer to my question. I would like to read it, if possible.
Keiko Yasuhara

Keiko Yasuhara
29 July at 03:34PM

Jake, I loved your book, I have enjoyed every single word. Very interesting to know more about the Japanese parts of life and society that are not very known outside Japan.
Good luck with your current position.
Kol HaKavod!!

alfonso portugal
23 May at 09:53PM

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