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 rey 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 ever write and I m happy with that I ve otten some really nice letters 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 I feel like I m atoning a little every time someone reads this And thats not a bad feeling It helps me sleep better at night Originally I ave this book five stars but I m deducting one for typos and to be Japanese I ll fix the typos before the paperback edition 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 edition on October 5th are my 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 respect for his work thought I d The Craving give it aoUnfortunately Tokyo Vice is not an important or enlightening 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 enjoyed with which hostess GROAN When he begins a chapter with dismounting his The Murder Exchange 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 chapter ended 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 leatherlove He reviewed his own book on Goodreads and Love in Catalina Cove (Catalina Cove gave it four stars He is a complete fartknocker Very mixed feelings about this one I neverot 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 The Million Dollar Goal grasp of what soing 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 Securing Caite get behind and it often serves to. 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 heot was a life of crime crime reporting that is at the prestigious Yomiuri Shinbun For twelve years of eighty hour workweeks.
To feel sorry for the Trudy 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 toet into one of those clubs but when the irl he was interviewing broke down in tears the ig 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 The Unlikeliest Hero: The Story of Desmond T. Doss good friend a smart woman a teacher who is living in Tokyo A person he canive books to who will actually read them and discuss them with him He discovers how she pays for all the extra travel she does and the expensive clothes I et paid a hundred dollars a minute You know why Because most Japanese uys last two minutes I 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 No one wants to read about a journalist s experience they just want to read about the story Unfortunately we et a lot of anecdotes about his 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 ot 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 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 reat story Adelstein informs the reader on what could be a very difficult topic clearly Kudos Jake 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 of everything This is a human document that allows us to et a BOSH!: The Cookbook: Simple Recipes. Amazing Food. All Plants. 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 eg Japan s bestsellers lists point out that suicide is not only common in Japan but also considered popular and acceptable The attitude towards sexuality in Japan may also surprise you Trying to sell out this book as a thrust into the heart of Japanese Yakuza is wrong The part about the Yakuza does have substance but only toward the end of the book I think this book infiltrates the heart of entire Japan and even if the writing isn t brilliant those who have an interest in the Japanese culture would find this book as worth the read Jake Adelstein is some kind ofuy This story is as much about him as it is about the sex industry in Tokyo I mean really what kind of Confessions of an Air Ambulance Doctor 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 det 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 the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department to uncover crimes in vice Not only do we learn how newspapers work in Japan we learn a bit about how the police works how the sex industry works and finally how the Mr. Jelly's Business gangsters or yakuza work This is an Iron and Silk forrownups Total immersion into an Asian culture and well written enough to serve as an introduction to outsiders. His journey from an inexperienced cub reporter who made rookie mistakes like etting 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.
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 uy who knows yakuza and cops should Gökyüzü Mavi Kaldı give him free reign to publish whatever he deems asood 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 Corps Values: Everything You Need to Know I Learned In the Marines 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 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 thelare 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 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 his ego though Jake is painfully honest with the readers and with himself regarding his own faults He doesn t make excuses 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 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 I found myself Either erase the story or we ll erase 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 remember those heady days well when failure was a foreign word and those bumps in the road were not anything to The Sun Shines Over the Sanggan River get stressed about On the inside cover of the book it said that Adelstein hadone 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 excitement and he THIEME Atlas of Anatomy: Head and Neuroanatomy got it in spades It s hard to think when you can t breathe It s 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 anything elouent 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 ever admitted to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police press club I do believe his Japanese publisher relished his audaciousness in even thinking that achieving such a position was possible So for eighty soul crushing social life annihilating hours a week he investigated the Japanese underbelly and found than just fleas and ticks As far as 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 mafiaay prostitute bars sex clubs female junior high school students soiled uniformspanties resale shops and a population of workers ethnically diverse than anywhere else in Japan It was like a foreign country in the middle of Tokyo Did someone mention the YakuzaThe tattooed angsters if they live long enough enerally end up needing new livers from the Hepatitis C they River Bodies (Northampton County, get from unsanitary needles Theseuys donate fingers when they fuck something up The Dept. of Reproductive Management guy that was punching Jake Adelstein because he was somewhere he wasn t supposed to be was yakuza In these sex slave clubs the yakuzaenerally use foreign women to keep the police and the Japanese overnment from being overly interested in their activities Foreign males are not allowed in these clubs because the foreign men tend. 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.