PDF/EBOOK (Tokyo Vice An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan)

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  • Tokyo Vice An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
  • Jake Adelstein
  • English
  • 06 April 2019
  • 9780307713162

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Summary Ö E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¹ Jake Adelstein Tokyo Vice An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan review ✓ 9 Jake Adelstein ¹ 9 Read & Download An inexperienced cub reporter who made rookie mistakes like getting 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 last From the Hardcover editio. 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 the glare 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 smiling frowning shaking my head in anger pumping my fist in victory and near tears than once This spectrum of emotion was confusing for me Should I be angry Is there anything I can do Why Again and again I wondered Why

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Tokyo Vice An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan

Summary Ö E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¹ Jake Adelstein Tokyo Vice An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan review ✓ 9 Jake Adelstein ¹ 9 Read & Download D 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 his journey from. 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 get 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 got 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

Summary Ö E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¹ Jake Adelstein

Summary Ö E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¹ Jake Adelstein Tokyo Vice An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan review ✓ 9 Jake Adelstein ¹ 9 Read & Download 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 he got was a life of crime crime reporting that is at the prestigious Yomiuri Shinbun For twelve years of eighty hour workweeks he covere. 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 get stressed about On the inside cover of the book it said that Adelstein had gone 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 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 mafia gay 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 gangsters if they live long enough generally end up needing new livers from the Hepatitis C they get from unsanitary needles These guys donate fingers when they fuck something up The guy that was punching Jake Adelstein because he was somewhere he wasn t supposed to be was yakuza In these sex slave clubs the yakuza generally use foreign women to keep the police and the Japanese government from being overly interested in their activities Foreign males are not allowed in these clubs because the foreign men tend to feel sorry for the 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 to get into one of those clubs but when the girl he was interviewing broke down in tears the gig 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 good friend a smart woman a teacher who is living in Tokyo A person he can give 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 get paid a hundred dollars a minute You know why Because most Japanese guys last two minutes I laughed at that You re right In terms of pay by the minute my job can t touch yours But doesn t it depress you a little Well that s when cocaine comes in handy A little blow and I m ready to blow I didn t laugh at thatI didn t either because we do get to know this woman and to think of her resorting to prostitution for an upgraded lifestyle not because she has to but because she wants to be able to do and own is somehow shameful when I think of all the foreign women who are caught in sex slavery without much hope of ever escaping the crippling debt they are forced to pay off with humiliating acts of degradation Not only does Adelstein take on the yakuzacrazy enoughbut he also takes on the Japanese government He discovers very uickly that when you are taking on people with this much power that his ability to protect his sources means that he can t tell anyone not his bosses and not even those he loves about what he is investigating and who is helping him The secrecy the anxiety the real fear of being hurt and exposing himself every day to the worst that society has to offer is obviously unsustainable Then he gets the visit from a tattooed freak in a business suit who tells him to erase the story or we ll erase you It s easy to cut and run even honorable After all it is hard to justify putting the people you love in danger because you won t let loose of a story but then as I ve established Adelstein didn t come to Japan for peace and tranuility You don t win by bowing down to pressure You win by pushing back This book was a compelling atmospheric read with novelesue elements as he not only describes the scene but also the scene around the scene I had thoughts that he saw himself in terms of a noir movie as he brushed shoulders with evil men and tried to save not one damsel in distress but literally hundreds who all needed a champion Highly RecommendedTo see all my recent movie and book reviews please visit can like my Facebook blogger page at