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world aren t jumping to publish this story aren t jumping to publish this story without verifiable proof Adelstein seems to think his role as white guy knows yakuza and cops should give him ree reign to publish whatever he deems as good information with the talismanic recitation of I can t reveal my sources or else we ll all be dead as back up Eventually other journalists in the States due some heavy lifting and the story is published It s my intuition that the threat to his person and his amily by Goto and his ilk is grossly overstated simply because the murder of an American let alone an American s amily would bring unwanted international law enforcement attention to the yakuza than would be worth their effort But this is Adelstein s big claim to She Weeps Each Time You're Born fame and he s sticking to it After reading Tokyo Vice I had to take some time to digest it to let the incongruities of laws and bureaucracy in Japan try to somehow make sense to remind myself again and again that the world is an ugly ugly place behind the neon lights and the advertisements and the glare of a TV screen The impact that Tokyo Vice left upon me was as wide as an eclipse and as deep as a craterIf you are lookingor characters to admire you ll only ind a ew between these covers Jake being one of them Don t mistake this or an attempt to boast his ego though Jake Is Painfully Honest With painfully honest with readers and with himself regarding his own aults He doesn t make excuses A Northern Light for his actions but presents them in a matter ofact way just as he would the If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas facts of the crimes he reported If he seems to lack emotion it s because he has to If you had seen a sliver of the things he has seen you might never want to open your eyes againStill there was no lack of emotion within me as I read the book Iound myself smiling rowning shaking my head in anger pumping my ist in victory and near tears than once This spectrum of emotion was confusing Anne Perrys Christmas Crimes (Christmas Stories, for me Should I be angry Is there anything I can do Why Again and again I wondered Why. His journeyrom an inexperienced cub reporter who made rookie mistakes like getting into a martial arts battle with a senior editor to a daring investigative journalist with a price on his head With its vivid visceral descriptions of crime in Japan and an exploration of the world of modern day yakuza that even ew Japanese ever see Tokyo Vice is a ascination and an education White Water fromirst to las. ,
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though because there is valuable information here The yakuza are overly romanticized and it s to reveal them or who they are racketeers and sex traffickers exploiting the most vulnerable members of society with a thin veneer of honor and tradition and some admittedly badass tattoos Japan is also overly exoticized and there are Special Agent few books written about the country by people who can speak the languageluently and have a real grasp of what s going on It is extremely easy to be a long term expat in Japan without accomplishing either which seriously stunts English language journalism about Japan and so Adelstein is a valuable resourceMost of this book actually deals with Adelstein s life at the Yomiuri Shimbun and the relationship between the press and the police in Japan He discusses two uite Sleep with the Fishes famous cases the Dog Lover murders in Saitama prefecture and the disappearance of Lucie Blackman and the complex dance between reporters and cops to obtain and publicize or not leads in open cases Iound these sections to be uite interesting and my eye rolling was limited to the number of times poor riled up babes just begged Jake The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started theLongest War in American History for sex and he isorced to oblige or one reason or another Whatta mensch He seems to have a much positive view of the Japanese police than say Richard Lloyd Parry author of a ull length book on Lucie Blackman This is not too surprising since the Yomiuri is one of the most conservative and nationalistic newspapers in Japan Something that I wish he went into a little bit honestly because nationalism is something that both cops and yakuza can get behind andreading though because there is valuable information here The yakuza are overly romanticized and it s
it often serves to bring them together The last 50 or so pages deal with the liver transplants received by yakuzaoften serves to bring them together The last 50 or so pages deal with the liver transplants received by yakuza Tadamasa Goto and others at UCLA under shady circumstances Adelstein s big scoop of 2008 This is an important story and it is not well told here For an expe. He covered the seedy side of Japan where extortion murder human trafficking and corruption are as A World on Fire familiar as ramen noodles and sake But when hisinal scoop brought him Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life face toace with Japan’s most infamous yakuza boss and the threat of death or him and his amily Adelstein decided to step down momentarily Then he ought backIn Tokyo Vice Adelstein tells the riveting often humorous tale of. Everything I ever learned that was important in my life I put in this book it s almost the totality of what I have learned about Japan and right and wrong and the grey areas in between Giving it Four Stars Is Probably A Little Like As They Say stars is probably a little like as they say Japanese jiga jisan praising your own painting which is terribly immodest and not Japanese like at all but there you are It s not perfect but it s probably the best book I will ever write and I m happy with that I ve gotten some really nice letters The Oxford New Greek Dictionary from people who have read it and than that many have donated money to the Polaris Project which does valuable work in combating modern day slavery and providing assistance to victims both in the United States and Japan and elsewhere So Ieel like I m atoning a little every time someone reads this And thats not a bad The Cello Suites : J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece feeling It helps me sleep better at night Originally I gave this bookive stars but I m deducting one The New Job Security for typos and to be Japanese I llix the typos before the paperback edition Overall this is the best I could do and if some The Day Fidel Died: Cuba in the Age of Raúl, Obama, and the Rolling Stones (A Vintage Short) feel it lacks self disclosure well some things are better left unsaid For the people involved andor myself as well I m hoping the paperback edition on October 5th are my The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis final edits Christ what a douche Jake Adelstein is a talented and hard working journalist who has written some enlightening and important articles about crime Yakuza enjou kosai and the darker side of Japan s sex industry I recently was made aware of his memoir Tokyo Vice and out of respector his work thought I d give it a goUnfortunately Tokyo Vice is not an important or
Enlightening Book Tho Very Mixedbook Tho Very mixed about this one I never got over my distrust as Adelstein as a narrator a judgment mainly rooted in my own time spent in Japan and the incongruousness of the hardboiled poorly constructed and ego centered writing alongside claims of serious and altruistically motivated journalism I don t think those things hard living and altruism are inherently contradictory but in this book the claims toward both mostly. From the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police press club a uniue The Jumbee firsthand revelatory look at Japanese culturerom the underbelly up At nineteen Jake Adelstein went to Japan in search of peace and tranuility What he got was a life of crime crime reporting that is at the prestigious Yomiuri Shinbun For twelve years of eighty hour workweeks.