Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan

↏ Free pdf Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan download in english ← Ebook Author Jake Adelstein ❚ ↏ Free pdf Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan download in english ← Ebook Author Jake Adelstein ❚ FATE WILL BE ON YOUR SIDEJuly 12, 1992, marked the turning point of my education about Japan I was glued to a position next to the phone, feet inside my mini refrigeratorin the heat of the summer any cool will dowaiting for a call from the Yomiuri Shinbun, Japans most prestigious newspaper I would land a job as a reporter, or I would remain jobless It was a long night, the culmination of a process that had stretched out over an entire year.Not long before that, I had been wallowing in the luxury of not caring a bit about my future I was a student at Sophia Joichi University in the middle of Tokyo, where I was working toward a degree in comparative literature and writing for the student newspaper.So I had experience, but nothing that would pass for the beginnings of a career I was a step up from teaching English and was making a decent income translating instructional kung fu videos from English into Japanese Combined with an occasional gig giving Swedish massage to wealthy Japanese housewives, I earned enough for day to day expenses, but I was still leaning on the parents for tuition.I had no idea what I wanted to do Most of my fellow students had jobs already promised them before their graduationa practice called naitei, which is unethical, but everyone does it I had gotten such a promise too, with Sony Computer Entertainment, but it was good only if I extended my schooling for another year It wasnt a job that I really wanted, but it was, after all, Sony.So in late 1991, with a very light class load and lots of time on my hands, I decided to throw myself into studying the Japanese language I made up my mind to take the mass communication exams for soon to be university graduates and try to land a job as a reporter, working and writing in Japanese I had the fantasy that if I could write for the school newspaper, it couldnt be much difficult to write for a national newspaper with eight or nine million readers.In Japan, people dont build a career at the major newspapers by working their way up through local, small town newspapers The papers hire the bulk of their reporters straight out of university, but first the cubs have to pass a standardized entrance exama kind of newspaper SAT The ritual goes like this Aspiring reporters report to a giant auditorium and sit for daylong tests If your score is high enough, you get an interview, and then another, and then another If you do well enough in your interviews, and if your interviewers like you, then you might get a job promise.To be honest, I didnt really think Id be hired by a Japanese newspaper I mean, what were the chances that a Jewish kid from Missouri would be accepted into this high end Japanese journalistic fraternity But I didnt care If I had something to study for, if I had a goal, however unreachable, the time spent chasing it might have some collateral productivity At the very least, my Japanese would improve.But where should I apply Japan has than its share of news media, which are also vital than in the United States.The Yomiuri Shinbun has the largest circulation than ten million a dayof any newspaper in Japan and, in fact, the world The Asahi Shinbun used to be a close secondnow its less close but still second People used to say that the Yomiuri was the official organ of the LDP, the conservative Liberal Democratic Party, which has dominated Japanese politics since World War II the Asahi was the official newspaper of the Socialists, who are almost invisible these days and the Mainichi Shinbun, the third largest, was the official newspaper of the anarchists, because the paper could never figure out whose side it was on The Sankei Shinbun, which was then probably the fourth largest paper, was considered to be the voice of the extreme right some said it had about as much credibility as a supermarket tabloid Often, it had some good scoops as well.Kyodo, the wire service, which is the Associated Press of Japan, was harder to figure out The service was originally known as Domei and was the official propaganda branch of the World War IIera Japanese government Not all connections were severed when the firm became independent once the war was over Further, Dentsu, the largest and most powerful advertising agency in Japan and the world has a controlling interest in the company, and that can color its coverage One thing makes Kyodo a stellar news agency to work for, however its labor union, which is the envy of every reporter in Japan The union makes sure that its reporters are able to use the vacation days due themsomething very rare at most firms in Japan.There is also Jiji Press, which is kind of like Kyodos little brother but a hard worker It has a smaller readership and fewer reporters The joke was that Jiji reporters write their articles after reading Kyodoa cruel joke in a cruel industry.At first I was leaning toward the Asahi, but I started to feel offended by its tendency to put the United States in a bad light at every opportunity It seemed at odds with the image I thought most people in Japan had of Americaas a voice of democracy, spreading liberty and justice throughout the free world.The editorials of the Yomiuri were pretty tough going, though, very conservative and heavy on kanji the original Chinese ideographs and vagueness, but the articles in the national news section really impressed me At a time when the term human trafficking had yet to enter the popular vocabulary, the Yomiuri ran a scathing in depth series on the plight of Thai women being smuggled into Japan as sex workers The articles treated the women with relative dignity and, if only mildly, was critical of the police for its do little response to the problem The papers stance, it seemed to me, was firmly on the side of the oppressed it was fighting for justice.The Asahi and the Yomiuri had their exams scheduled on the same day I signed up for the Yomiuris.The exam was part of the Yomiuri Shinbun Journalism Seminar, a well known covert method of hiring people before the official job hunting season begins It helps them grab the cream of the crop Its not promoted in a big way, so if you are serious about joining the Yomiuri, you must read the paper religiously, or you will miss the golden ticket Everyone at the university paper who had aspirations of being a Yomiuri reporter was checking the papers pages In a country where appearances count, I needed to look respectable I poked through my closet only to discover that the humid summer had turned my two suits into fungal experiments So I trotted down to a huge discount mens retailer and bought a summer suit for the equivalent of about 300 It was made of a thin fabric that breathed easily and had a nice matte black finish I looked good in it.I wanted to wow Inukai, my friend and the editor of the school paper, with my sartorial finesse, but when I showed up at the office, located in a dark, dungeonlike basement, his response was different from what Id expected.Jake kun, my condolences.Aoyama chan, another colleague, looked pensive She didnt say a word.I couldnt figure out what was going on.What happened Was it a friend A friend Who died Huh Nobody died Everybody I know is fine.Inukai took off his glasses and polished them with his shirt So you bought that suit yourself Yep Thirty thousand yen.Inukai was enjoying this I could tell because he was squinting like a happy puppy What kind of suit did you want to buy he asked, all false seriousness.The ad said reifuku.Aoyama chan tittered.What I said Whats wrong You idiot You bought a funeral suit Not a reifuku but a mofuku Whats the difference Mofuku are black Nobody wears a black suit to a job interview.Nobody Well, maybe a yakuza.Well, could I pretend I just got back from a funeral Maybe Id get sympathy points.Thats true People sympathize with the mentally challenged.Aoyama chimed in, Maybe you could apply to be a yakuza instead They wear black You could be the first gaijin yakuza Hes not cut out to be a yakuza, Inukai said And what would he do when they threw him out Thats true, Aoyama said, nodding If it didnt work out, hed have a hard time going back to being a writer Its hard to type with only nine fingers.By now Inukai was on a roll I dont think he could get out of the organization with nine fingers Eight is like it Hes a classic screw up, rude, clumsy, never on time A barbarian.I can see that, Aoyama said Actually, he could still hunt and peck But in terms of a career, I dont think yakuza is it for him, even if he does look nice in a black suit.So what am I supposed to do Buy another suit, they said in unison.I dont have the cash.Inukai looked thoughtful Hmmm Maybe you can get away with it because youre a gaijin Maybe someone will think its cute if they dont just decide youre an idiot.So thats what I did.Funeral suit and all, on May 7, I dragged Groundbreaking reporting on the yakuza Adelstein shares juicy, salty, and occasionally funny anecdotes, but many are frightening Adelstein doesnt lack for self confidence but beneath the bravado are a big heart and a relentless drive for justice The Boston GlobeGripping Adelsteins vividly detailed account of investigations into the shadowy side of Japan shows him to be enterprising, determined and crazy than most In some of the freshest pages of the book, our unlikely hero tells us about his initiation into the seamy, tough guy Japan beneath the public courtesies, Adelstein builds his stories with as much surprise and grit as any Al Pacino or Mark Wahlberg movie, blurring the lines between the cops, the crooks and even the journalists Tokyo Vice is often so snappy and quotable that it sounds as if it were a treatment for a Scorsese movie set in Queens Yet the facts beneath the noirish lines are assembled with what looks to be ferocious diligence and resourcefulness For even as he is getting slapped around by thugs and placed under police protection, Adelstein never loses his gift for crisp storytelling and an unexpectedly earnest eagerness to try to rescue the damned.Pico Iyer, Time A journalist s memoir unlike any I ve ever read Dave Davies, Fresh AirMarvelous Tokyo Vice offers a fascinating glimpse into Japans end of last century newspaper culture as seen from a gaijins perspective Its filled with startling anecdotes and revelations Adelstein writes of his quest for scoops with sardonic wit, and his snappy style mixes the tropes of detective fiction with the broader perspective of David Simons books as he makes a careful account of his journalistic wins and losses The authors gallows humor bleeds into even darker, serious hues once Adelstein starts covering the Japanese mafia Astonishingly proves that no matter how weird and perverse Japan may seem in fiction, the real thing never fails to exceed our most violent expectations.Sarah Weinman,Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind Tokyo Vice succeeds on several levels as gripping journalism, as a ragged crime tale, as culture shock memoir Stakes are raised in its third act as the yakuza exercise increasing pressure on Adelstein, but he pursues the story anyway Obviously, he lived to tell his tale and thank goodness, because its a fascinating one BOOKGASMEngrossing fast paced The Atlanta Journal Constitution Exposes Tokyos darkest, seamiest, most entertaining corners A gritty, true to life account of 12 years on the news beat as a staffer for a Japanese daily and it is exceptional Its classic atmospherics rekindle memories of Walter Winchell and Eliot Ness Its a tale of adrenalin depleting 80 hour weeks, full ashtrays, uncooperative sources, green tea, hard liquor, and forays into the commercialized depravity of Shinjukus Kabukicho Definitely raises the bar A classic piece of 20th century crime reporting The Japan Times A gripping story Pulls the curtain back on a sordid element of Japanese society that few Westerners ever see In addition to his clash with a yakuza boss, Adelstein details the notable cases from his 12 year career at the Yomiuri, including The Chichibu Snack mama Murder Case and The Emperor of Loan Sharks No less fascinating is the view Adelstein provides into Japanese society itself Adelstein s Tokyo is a veritable Gomorrah where nearly every act of intimacy is legally bought and sold San Francisco Examiner Debut author Adelstein began with a routine, but never dull, police beat before long, he was notorious worldwide for engaging the dirtiest, top most villains of Japan s organized criminal underworld, the yakuza Thanks to Adelstein s immersive reporting, readers suffer with him through the choice between personal safety and a chance to confront the evil inhabiting his city Adelstein also examines the investigative reporter s tendency to withdraw into cynicism when a reporter starts to cool down, it s very hard ever to warm up again but faithfully sidesteps that urge, producing a deeply thought provoking book equal parts cultural expos, true crime, and hard boiled noir Publishers Weekly, starred review Not just a hard boiled true crime thriller, but an engrossing, troubling look at crime and human exploitation in Japan Kirkus Terrific With gallows humor and a hardboiled voice, Adelstein takes readers on a shadow journey through the Japanese underworld and examines the twisted relationships of journalists, cops, and gangsters Expertly told and highly entertaining George Pelecanos Sacred, ferocious and businesslike This is the Japanese mafia that Adelsteindescribes like nobody else Roberto Saviano, author of Gomorrah A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples Organized Crime System A gripping and absorbing read Very few foreigners ever come close to discovering what s really going on in Japan s closed society Adelstein chases two major stories that pull him into a vortex of destruction, threatening his friendships, his marriage and even his life As he battles with profound issues concerning truth and trust, Tokyo Vice approaches a heart pounding denouement This is a terrifying, deeply moral story which you cannot put down, and Adelstein, if occasionally reckless, is an extremely courageous man Misha Glenny, author of McMafia A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld A tale of a gaijin who stumbled onto a story so important and so dangerous that it put his life at risk A yakuza offered him half a million dollars not to tell it He wrote this book instead Peter Hessler, author of River Town Two Years on the Yangtze In this dark, often humorous journey through the underworld ofTokyo, Jake Adelstein captures exactly what it means to be a gaijin and a reporter Whether he is hunting for tips in Kabukichoor pressing yakuza for information, it is an adventure only he could write For anyone interested inJapanor journalism, this is a must read Robert Whiting author of Tokyo Underworld The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan Anyone interested in tattooed yakuza, soapland brothels, and the various other aspects of Japan s lurid underbelly is guaranteed to be electrified by Tokyo Vice Why is a manual on the perfect way to commit suicide a Japanese bestseller Who goes to sexual harassment clinics What s it like to spend a night in a male hostess bar Tokyo Vice reveals all this and It s a story of lust and profit a chronicle of fear and determination most of all, a modern bildungsroman that simultaneously illuminates the soul of its narrator and that of modern Japan through the underside of Tokyo, the world s most fascinating city I loved this book for many reasonsits humor, its pathos, its insight, its honestyand maybe most of all, for reminding me of how lucky I am to live here Barry Eisler, author of Fault Line Jake Adelstein s razor straight reporting from the mean streets of Tokyo is a coming of age story that reveals than it pretends tobecause he has the guts to find the truth, and the gall to tell it Roland Kelts, author of Japanamerica How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S. Vivid, insightful, and totally revealing of the decadent, seedy and sexual parts of Japanese society, Tokyo Vice is ripping fun Karl Taro Greenfeld, author of Speed Tribes Days and Nights with Japan s Next Generation Jake Adelstein writes in the classic hard boiled Dashiell Hammett mannercomplete with stubbed out cigarettes and a shot of whiskey shared with his cop informantbut this is not San Francisco or New York, it s Tokyo, and it s not fiction Those who live and work in Japan will recognize reality on every page It s at times a harsh and ugly reality, but depicted humorously with whimsical details of Japan s twilight world that we only dreamt of A guaranteed page turner Alex Kerr, author of Dogs and Demons Tales from the Dark Side of Japan Tokyo 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    • Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
    • Jake Adelstein
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    • 08 June 2016

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