Jake Adelstein

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Jake Adelstein
Born Joshua Lawrence Adelstein
Occupation journalist, investigator, writer, researcher, risk analyst, editor, blogger
Nationality American, Japanese
Genre Non-fiction, journalism, true crime
Notable works Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
Spouse Sunao Adelstein
Children 2

Jake Adelstein is an American journalist, crime writer and blogger who has spent most of his career in Japan.

Career[edit]

Adelstein grew up in Missouri and moved to Japan at age 19 to study Japanese literature at Sophia University.[1] In 1993 Adelstein became the first non-Japanese staff writer at the Yomiuri Shinbun newspaper, where he worked for twelve years.[2]

After leaving the Yomiuri, Adelstein published an expose of how an alleged crime boss, Tadamasa Goto, made a deal with the FBI to gain entry to the United States for a liver transplant at UCLA. In 2009 Adelstein published a memoir about his career as a reporter in Japan, "Tokyo Vice", in which he accused Goto of threatening to kill him over the story. According to Adelstein, the yakuza told him: "Erase the story or be erased."[3]

Adelstein was subsequently a reporter for a US State Department investigation into human trafficking in Japan, and now writes for the Daily Beast, Vice News, The Japan Times and other publications. He is a board member and advisor to the Polaris Project Japan Center for Human Trafficking Victims.

On April 19, 2011, Adelstein filed a lawsuit against National Geographic Television, which had hired him to help make a documentary about the yakuza, citing ethical problems with their behavior in Japan.[4] Adelstein withdrew the lawsuit a month later, after reaching a settlement. [5]

A film version of "Tokyo Vice", with a screenplay by J.T. Rogers and starring Daniel Radcliffe as Adelstein, is expected to begin filming in Tokyo in early 2015.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hessler, Peter. "All Due Respect" Profile, The New Yorker, January 9, 2012.
  2. ^ Mark Willacy, "Exposing Japan's Insidious Underbelly", ABC News, October 20, 2009; accessed November 20, 2010.
  3. ^ Jake Adelstein, "This Mob Is Big in Japan", The Washington Post, 11 May 2008, Accessed 20 Nov 2010
  4. ^ Superior Court of the District of Columbia. (http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/05/06/Yakuza.pdf), April 19, 2011.
  5. ^ Superior Court of the District of Columbia. (http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/05/06/Notice%20of%20Dismissal%20with%20Prejudice.pdf), May 4, 2011.
  6. ^ Telegraph.co.uk

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