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H whatever he deems as good information with the talismanic recitation of I can t reveal my sources or lse 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 nforcement attention to the yakuza than would be worth their ffort But this is Adelstein s big claim to fame and he s sticking to it 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 spionage 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 Jake Adelstein is a talented and hard working journalist who has written some nlightening and important articles about crime Yakuza This Forsaken Earth enjou kosai and the darker side of Japan s sex industry I recently was made aware of his memoir Tokyo Vice and out of respect for his work thought I d give it a goUnfortunately Tokyo Vice is not an important ornlightening book Though it does contain some interesting bits and pieces about the Japanese metropolitan underworld the majority of the book is the arrogant and narcissistic ramblings of a doofus obsessed with his own phallusREAD All about what sexual position Jake The Summer Palace: A Captive Prince Short Story (Captive Prince Short Stories Book 2) enjoyed with which hostess GROAN When he begins a chapter with dismounting his girlfriend ROLL YOUR EYES As a Yakuza moll tells Jake that he and crime boss Tadamasa Goto may not be so different after all DISBELIEVE Because Adelstein s braggart tendencies make him come across as an unreliable narratorMy favorite part was how one chapternded with Jake lamenting how society purposefully ignores the humanity of female sex workers seeing them as objects to be used and not caring when they are abused Then the next chapter begins with him deciding to bribe a cop with a lap dance Great job buddyJake Adelstein is a talented journalist He is also a total penis wrapped in a leather glove He reviewed his own book on Goodreads and gave it four stars He is a complete fartknocker Jake Adelstein s recounts his time on the biggest Japanese Newspaper Yomiuri Shinbun This book promises yakuza coverups prostitution andvice However Adelstein breaks the cardinal rule your subject is
INTERESTING NOT YOUR EXPERIENCES OF THEM not your The Garden of Happy Endings experiences of them one wants to read about a journalist sxperience they just want to read about the story Unfortunately we get a lot of anecdotes about his Campfire early days on the paper vaguely interesting cases told without any setup or suspense and updates about people he once knew The one interesting thing that happened to him namely that he got on the wrong side of a Yakuza boss and was forced to publish or literally perish was teased at the outset but not covered at all until the last 50 pages of the bookFor someone who writes for a living he seems to be sadly deficient in some of the basics Or maybe as a journalist he never learned how to sustain interest over a whole book s length Christ what a douche Eitherrase the story or we ll rase you And maybe your family But we ll do them first so you learn your lesson before you die Jake Adelstein went to Japan at the tender age of nineteen One beautiful thing about being nineteen is it still feels
Like Anything Is Possible I anything is possible I those heady days well when failure was a foreign word and those bumps in the road were not anything to get stressed about On the inside cover of the book it said that Adelstein had gone to Japan in search of peace and tranuility He could have stayed home and joined the Hermitage in Big Sur if that was what he really wanted No what Jake wanted was xcitement and he got it in spades It s hard to think when you can t breathe It s Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars even harder to think when you can t breathe because a yakuza bruiser has you pinned against the wall with one hand around your neck and the other hand punching your ribs and your feet are dangling off the floor One of those moments when you d like to use compelling words to convince the thug to uit hitting you but with all your major organs sloshing around your body as he uses you for a punching bag it is hard to compose anythinglouent thanagruntSo how did the young lad find himself in such precarious circumstances He went to work as an investigative reporter in Tokyo In fact he was the only American journalist Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life ever admitted to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police press club I do believe his Japanese publisher relished his audaciousness inven thinking that achieving such a position was possible So for Crazy Love eighty soul crushing social life annihilating hou. He covered the seedy side of Japan wherextortion 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. .
Jake Adelstein is some kind of guy This story is as much about him as it is about the sex industry in Tokyo I mean really what kind of guy would have the hutzpah to study Japanese and then apply to be a newspaper journalist at the most prestigious newspaper in Japan He downplays but admits to crushing difficulties at least difficulties that would crush most of us But perhaps you ve met his kind bold bright talkative confident curious unimpressed I have I just never thought we d get to see inside the head of one as much as we do in this revealing memoir about his work for the newspaper working closely with t 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 Annual Editions: Technologies, Social Media, and Society eclipse and as deep as a craterIf you are looking for characters to admire you ll only find a few between these covers Jake being one of them Don t mistake this for an attempt to boast hisgo though Jake is painfully honest with the readers and with himself regarding his own faults He doesn t make xcuses for his actions but presents them in a matter of fact way just as he would the facts of the crimes he reported If he seems to lack motion 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 yes againStill there was no lack of motion within me as I read the book I found myself smiling frowning shaking my head in anger pumping my fist in victory and near tears than once This spectrum of Black Heart, Red Ruby emotion was confusing for me Should I be angry Is there anything I can do Why Again and again I wondered Why It s hard to define this book under one category Does it have a substantiated plot or is it non fiction Autobiography or biographic Documentary or fictional It probably has a little bit ofverything This is a human document that allows us to get a glimpse of the Japanese society I personally find the Japanese culture to be very intriguing so when I heard there was a book describing the Yakuza the Japanese mafia I knew I had to read it The book begins rather slowly and mostly focuses on Adelstein s adjustment to the unwritten rules of working as a criminal reporter for the most popular newspaper in Japan Along with his own personal story Adelstein reveals a few surprising facts about the Japanese society g Japan s bestsellers 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 go 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 New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood exploiting the most vulnerable members of society with a thin veneer of honor and tradition and some admittedly badass tattoos Japan is also overlyxoticized 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 Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey extremelyasy to be a long term xpat in Japan without accomplishing ither 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 twos life at the Yomiuri Shimbun and the relationship between the press and the police in Japan He discusses two 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 ye 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 story
And It Is Notit is not told here For an xperienced journalist he seems 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 publis. From the only American journalist ver 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 ighty hour workweeks. ,
Rs a week he investigated the Japanese underbelly and found than just fleas and ticks As far as The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs entertainment districts went in 1999 nothing beat Kabukicho for pure sleaze Drugs prostitution sexual slavery rip off bars dating clubs massage parlors S and M parlors pornography shops and porn producers high dollar hostess clubs low dollar blow job salons than a hundred different yakuza factions the Chinese mafia gay prostitute bars sex clubs female junior high school students soiled uniformspanties resale shops and a population of workersthnically diverse than anywhere Moreno else in Japan It was like a foreign country in the middle of Tokyo Did someone mention the YakuzaThe tattooed gangsters if they live longnough generally Monsieur Pain end up needing new livers from the Hepatitis C they get from unsanitary needles These guys donate fingers when they fuck something up The guy that was punching Jake Adelstein because he was somewhere he wasn t supposed to be was yakuza In these sex slave clubs the yakuza generally use foreign women to keep the police and the Japanese government from being overly interested in their activities Foreign males are not allowed in these clubs because the foreign men tend to feel sorry for the girls and try to help them once they realize their circumstances Adelstein with the help of dark sunglasses and low lighting could pass for Japanese He was able to get into one of those clubs but when the girl he was interviewing broke down in tears the gig was up Punch punch punch never come back here again It doesn t take long for Adelstein s name to be known by the very people who when they use the term taking an interest really mean that their interest will be short lived because you won t be around to worry about much longer He has a good friend a smart woman a teacher who is living in Tokyo A person he can give books to who will actually read them and discuss them with him He discovers how she pays for all thextra travel she does and the A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author expensive clothes I get paid a hundred dollars a minute You know why Because most Japanese guys last two minutes I laughed at that You re right In terms of pay by the minute my job can t touch yours But doesn t it depress you a little Well that s when cocaine comes in handy A little blow and I m ready to blow I didn t laugh at thatI didn tither because we do get to know this woman and to think of her resorting to prostitution for an upgraded lifestyle not because she has to but because she wants to be able to do and own is somehow shameful when I think of all the foreign women who are caught in sex slavery without much hope of What If everscaping the crippling debt they are forced to pay off with humiliating acts of degradation Not only does Adelstein take on the yakuzacrazy The Exhaustion Breakthrough enoughbut he also takes on the Japanese government He discovers very uickly that when you are taking on people with this much power that his ability to protect his sources means that he can t tell anyone not his bosses and notven those he loves about what he is investigating and who is helping him The secrecy the anxiety the real fear of being hurt and The Exhaustion Breakthrough: Unmask the Hidden Reasons You're Tired and Beat Fatigue for Good exposing himselfvery day to the worst that society has to offer is obviously unsustainable Then he gets the visit from a tattooed freak in a business suit who tells him to rase the story or we ll
Erase You It Syou It s to cut and run ven honorable After all it is hard to justify putting the people you love in danger because you won t let loose of a story but then as I ve Hark! The Herald Angels Scream established Adelstein didn t come to Japan for peace and tranuility You don t win by bowing down to pressure You win by pushing back This book was a compelling atmospheric read with novelesuelements as he not only describes the scene but also the scene around the scene I had thoughts that he saw himself in terms of a noir movie as he brushed shoulders with Colloquial Polish: The Complete Course for Beginners evil men and tried to save not one damsel in distress but literally hundreds who all needed a champion Highly RecommendedTo see all my recent movie and book reviews please visit can like my Facebook blogger page at Everything Iver 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 in 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 ver write and I m happy with that I ve gotten some really
NICE LETTERS FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE READ IT ANDletters from people who have read it and 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 lsewhere So I feel like I m atoning a little Bidadari yang Mengembara every time someone reads this And thats not a bad feeling It helps me sleep better at night Originally I gave this book five stars but I m deducting one for typos and to be Japanese I ll fix the typos before the paperbackdition Overall this is the best I could do and if some feel it lacks self disclosure well some things are better left unsaid For the people involved and for myself as well I m hoping the paperback Red River Girl edition on October 5th are my finaldits. His journey from an inexperienced cub reporter who made rookie mistakes like getting into a martial arts battle with a senior La strada delle croci editor to a daring investigative journalist with a price on his head With its vivid visceral descriptions of crime in Japan and anxploration of the world of modern day yakuza that ven few Japanese ver see Tokyo Vice is a fascination and an ducation from first to las.