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Tokyo vice : an American reporter on the police beat in Japan

Author: Jake Adelstein
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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From the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police press club: a unique, firsthand, revelatory look at Japanese culture from the underbelly up. For twelve years of eighty-hour workweeks, he covered the seedy side of Japan--extortion, murder, human trafficking, and corruption. Here, he tells the riveting, often humorous tale of his journey from an inexperienced cub  Read more...
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Named Person: Jake Adelstein; Jake Adelstein
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jake Adelstein
ISBN: 9780307378798 0307378799
OCLC Number: 391393076
Description: x, 335 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Ten thousand cigarettes --
The morning sun. Fate will be on your side ; It's not about learning, it's about unlearning ; All right, punks, grab your notebooks ; Blackmail, a budding reporter's best friend ; It's the New Year, let's fight ; The perfect manual of suicide ; The Chichibu Snack-mama Murder Case ; Bury me in a shallow grave : when the Yakuza come calling ; The Saitama Dog Lover Serial Disappearances, part one : so you're asking me to trust you? ; The Saitama Dog Lover Serial Disappearances, part two : out of bed. Yakuza are worthless leeches --
The working day. Welcome to Kabukicho! ; My night as a host(ess) ; Whatever happened to Lucie Blackman? ; ATMS and jackhammers : a day in the life of a shakaibu reporter ; Evening flowers ; The emperor of loan sharks --
Dusk. The empire of human trafficking ; Ten thousand and one cigarettes ; Back on the beat ; Yakuza confessions ; Two poisons.
Responsibility: Jake Adelstein.

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From the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police press club: a unique, firsthand, revelatory look at Japanese culture from the underbelly up. For twelve years of eighty-hour workweeks, he covered the seedy side of Japan--extortion, murder, human trafficking, and corruption. Here, he tells the riveting, often humorous tale of his journey from an inexperienced cub reporter to a daring investigative journalist with a Yakuza price on his head. With its visceral descriptions of crime in Japan and an exploration of the world of modern-day Yakuza that even few Japanese ever see, this is a fascination, and an education.--From publisher description.

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