|Born||Joshua Lawrence Adelstein
Missouri, United States
|Occupation||journalist, investigator, writer, researcher, risk analyst, editor, blogger|
|Genres||Non-fiction, journalism, true crime|
|Notable work(s)||Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan|
|Children||Beni Adelstein, Ray Adelstein|
Joshua "Jake" Adelstein is an American freelance journalist and blogger who has spent most of his career in Japan. In 1993, Adelstein became the first non-Japanese staff writer at the Yomiuri Shinbun newspaper, the largest print news publication in Japan where he worked for twelve years. He was subsequently a reporter for a US State Department investigation into human trafficking in Japan, and now writes for various publications. Adelstein has published a memoir, Tokyo Vice.
Adelstein began work in 1993 in Saitama Prefecture and says that by the end of that year he was primarily covering organized crime: "Other reporters covered homicide, or white collar crime, my beat was organized crime". In 1999, the newspaper relocated him to Tokyo, to cover the Kabukicho district in particular. He was one of many Tokyo-based journalists to cover events such as the disappearance of Lucie Blackman. He also investigated human trafficking. Adelstein claims that one such investigation resulted in the murder of an unidentified prostitute.
In 2005, Adelstein found evidence that an alleged crime boss named Tadamasa Goto had received a liver transplant in the United States. He was interested in the information as Goto was known to the US authorities and, Adelstein believed, could only have entered the US via illicit means. Goto had allegedly made a deal with the FBI to arrange entry to the US in return for intelligence on the Japanese mafia. While working on a story about the case, Adelstein says he received death threats from Goto's men, who told him: "Erase the story or be erased."
Adelstein also says that he slept with Goto's mistress in order to obtain information about Goto.
Adelstein was interviewed in a 2009 CBS documentary about the yakuza and in a program by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in August 2010. He also co-wrote a story for a film version of "Tokyo Vice" with American playwright J.T. Rogers, who then wrote the screenplay. The film is expected to begin filming in Tokyo in early 2015, with Daniel Radcliffe to play Adelstein. Anthony Mandler will direct the film.
On April 19, 2011 Adelstein filed a lawsuit against National Geographic Television, which had hired him to help make a documentary about the yakuza. Adelstein accused NatGeo of breach of contract and warned that people interviewed in the documentary were in danger of violent reprisals by the yakuza. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Adelstein sued NatGeo, saying it used footage it didn't have rights to, and failed to take reasonable efforts to protect the identities of its sources."Adelstein no longer believes National Geographic Television is interested in accurately reporting in the foreign cultures they investigate," said the complaint in DC Superior Court. "Rather, following its partial acquisition by News Corp., Mr. Adelstein was told National Geographic Television now has new 'standards and practices' rules that are apparently aimed at increasing the entertainment value of their programming at the cost of accuracy and journalistic integrity." The following month Adelstein voluntarily withdrew his lawsuit. The documentary, called Crime Lords of Tokyo, aired without any problems on October 14, 2011.
- Tokyo Vice: An American reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
- Taboo Daizen 2008 (The Taboo News of Japan 2008)
- Reconstructing 3/11: Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown - how Japan's future depends on its understanding of the 2011 triple disaster (with Michael Cucek, Kiyoshi Kurokawa, Philip Brasor, Our Man in Abiko)
- 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake (with William Gibson, Yoko Ono, and Barry Eisler)
- Board of Director member and advisor for Polaris Project Japan / Lighthouse: Center for Human Trafficking Victims
- Editor and Chief for Japan Subculture Research Center
- Editor for Vice News
- Reporter / Writer for The Daily Beast
- Writer The Atlantic Wire
- Adelstein, Jake (October 13, 2009). Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan. Pantheon Books. ISBN 978-0-307-37879-8.
- "Q&A with Jake Adelstein, Author of 'The Last Yakuza'", World Policy Blog, 23 Aug 2010, Accessed 20 Nov 2010
- Jake Adelstein, "This Mob Is Big in Japan", The Washington Post, 11 May 2008, Accessed 20 Nov 2010
- CBS News
- Superior Court of the District of Columbia. (http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/05/06/Yakuza.pdf), April 19, 2011.
- http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/05/06/Notice%20of%20Dismissal%20with%20Prejudice.pdf, May 4, 2011.
- IMDb. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2109106/) National Geographic Television(http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/explorer/episodes/crime-lords-of-tokyo/).
- Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan. New York: Pantheon Books. 2009. ISBN 0-307-37879-9. OCLC 699874898.
- Japan Subculture Research Center, Adelstein's blog
- Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 on Twitter
- on Goodreads
- on LinkedIn