|Born||Joshua Lawrence Adelstein|
|Occupation||journalist, investigator, writer, researcher, risk analyst, editor, blogger|
|Genre||Non-fiction, journalism, true crime|
|Notable works||Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan|
Adelstein grew up in Missouri and moved to Japan at age 19 to study Japanese literature at Sophia University. In 1993 Adelstein became the first non-Japanese staff writer at the Yomiuri Shinbun newspaper, where he worked for twelve years.
After leaving the Yomiuri, Adelstein published an expose of how a notorious yakuza gangster, 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."
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. Adelstein withdrew the lawsuit a month later, after reaching a settlement. 
- Hessler, Peter. "All Due Respect" Profile, The New Yorker, January 9, 2012.
- Mark Willacy, "Exposing Japan's Insidious Underbelly", ABC News, October 20, 2009; accessed November 20, 2010.
- Jake Adelstein, "This Mob Is Big in Japan", The Washington Post, 11 May 2008, Accessed 20 Nov 2010
- Superior Court of the District of Columbia. (http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/05/06/Yakuza.pdf), April 19, 2011.
- Superior Court of the District of Columbia. (http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/05/06/Notice%20of%20Dismissal%20with%20Prejudice.pdf), May 4, 2011.
- Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan. New York, New York: Pantheon Books. 2009. ISBN 0-307-37879-9. OCLC 699874898.