Jake Adelstein

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Jake Adelstein
Born Joshua Lawrence Adelstein
(1969-03-28) March 28, 1969 (age 46)
Columbia, Missouri, U.S.
Occupation journalist, investigator, writer, researcher, risk analyst, editor, blogger
Nationality American, Japanese
Ethnicity Jewish
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 (born March 28, 1969) is a Jewish American[1] 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.[2] In 1993 Adelstein became the first non-Japanese staff writer at the Yomiuri Shinbun newspaper, where he worked for 12 years.[3]

After leaving the Yomiuri, Adelstein published an exposé 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 the University of California Los Angeles (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."[4]

After trying and failing to have the book published in Japan, it was published by Random House and Pantheon Books.[5] Adelstein wrote in 2013 that: "The book is translated into Japanese but no publisher will touch it. It steps on too many toes."[6]

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 Lighthouse: Center for Human Trafficking Victims (Former Polaris Project Japan).

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.[7][8] Adelstein withdrew the lawsuit a month later, after reaching a settlement.[9]

Adelstein's memoir Tokyo Vice will be made into a film, with Daniel Radcliffe to portray the journalist.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jake Adelstein, "Yakuza, strippers, drugs, an undercover Japanese-Jew FBI special agent? Pulp non-fiction.", Twitter, June 26, 2015.
  2. ^ Hessler, Peter. "All Due Respect" Profile, The New Yorker, January 9, 2012.
  3. ^ Mark Willacy, "Exposing Japan's Insidious Underbelly", ABC News, October 20, 2009; accessed November 20, 2010.
  4. ^ Jake Adelstein, "This Mob Is Big in Japan", The Washington Post, May 11, 2008, Accessed November 20, 2010
  5. ^ Schreiber, Mark Classic tales of newsprint noir October 18, 2009 Japan Times Retrieved January 31, 2016
  6. ^ Tokyo Vice Japan Subculture Retrieved January 31, 2016
  7. ^ Eriq Gardner (May 10, 2011). "NatGeo Delays Japanese Mafia Show at Center of Lawsuit (Updated)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ Superior Court of the District of Columbia. (http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/05/06/Yakuza.pdf), April 19, 2011.
  9. ^ Superior Court of the District of Columbia. (http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/05/06/Notice%20of%20Dismissal%20with%20Prejudice.pdf), May 4, 2011.
  10. ^ "Star in Japanese Underworld Thriller 'Tokyo Vice'". The Hollywood Reporter. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2015. 

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