[PDF] Tokyo Vice An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan

  • Hardcover
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  • Tokyo Vice An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
  • Jake Adelstein
  • English
  • 23 November 2020
  • 9780307378798

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free read Tokyo Vice An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan 106 summary ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Jake Adelstein 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 backIn Tokyo Vice Adelstein tells the riveting often humorous tale of. Wow Double Wow Did I say wow Jake Adelstein is an amazing superhero and a total douchebag This book made me realize how potently similar the profession of Intelligence Officer and Reporter are The only real difference is that in Reporting you protect your sources and in espionage you burn themAdelstein protects his sources while putting his family and friends at risk He knows three forms of martial arts speaks several languages and happens to have a Japan fetish Whether he really is CIA or no he tells a ripping and admirably honest story which is as much Ethnography as it is JournalismAfter two days with this book I come away infinitely informed on Japanese culture and history than before Besides a great story Adelstein informs the reader on what could be a very difficult topic clearly Kudos Jake

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Tokyo Vice An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan

free read Tokyo Vice An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan 106 summary ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Jake Adelstein His journey from 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 few Japanese ever see Tokyo Vice is a fascination and an education from first to las. Very mixed feelings 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 serve the cause of making Jake Adelstein seem like an awesome bilingual pulp novel journo stud come to life Which fine it s your memoir buddy I didn t stop reading though because there is valuable information here The yakuza are overly romanticized and it s important to reveal them for 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 few books written about the country by people who can speak the language fluently 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 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 I found these sections to be uite interesting and my eye rolling was limited to the number of times poor riled up babes just begged Jake for sex and he is forced to oblige for 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 full 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 and it often serves to bring them together The last 50 or so pages deal with the liver transplants received by yakuza boss 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 experienced journalist he seems extremely indignant that newspapers around the world aren t jumping to publish this story without verifiable proof Adelstein seems to think his role as white guy who knows yakuza and cops should give him free 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 family by Goto and his ilk is grossly overstated simply because the murder of an American let alone an American s family would bring unwanted international law enforcement attention to the yakuza than would be worth their effort But this is Adelstein s big claim to fame and he s sticking to it

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free read Tokyo Vice An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan 106 summary ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Jake Adelstein From the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police press club a uniue firsthand revelatory look at Japanese culture from 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. Christ what a douche