By Jake Adelstein
A riveting true-life story of newspaper noir and eastern prepared crime from an American investigative journalist.
Jake Adelstein is the single American journalist ever to were admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police Press membership, the place for twelve years he lined the darkish facet of Japan: extortion, homicide, human trafficking, financial corruption, and naturally, the yakuza. but if his ultimate scoop uncovered a scandal that reverberated the entire method from the neon soaked streets of Tokyo to the polished Halls of the FBI and led to a loss of life chance for him and his kin, Adelstein made up our minds to step down. Then, he fought again. In Tokyo Vice he grants an remarkable examine eastern tradition and searing memoir approximately his upward push from cub reporter to pro journalist with a cost on his head.
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Not bad,” he said politely. “It’s a good starting point. I’ll talk to the Chiba police and see what they think. ” When I came in the next Monday, Kaneko greeted me excitedly. “Adelstein,” he said, “great news! It’s a slow news day, so your article is going to make the national edition. ” He assured me that for a regional bureau reporter, getting a “scoop” to run in the national edition was a major accomplishment. He was almost as excited as I suddenly was. The headline read, “Organized Crime Targeting Non-Japanese Street Vendors.
The Inagawa-kai? The Sumiyoshi-kai? They’re cute compared to these guys. I don’t know what the frigging deal is with the liver transplant he got in the United States, but Goto has got to have big reasons why he doesn’t want the story to get out. Whatever he did, it’s a big deal to him. ” Then Sekiguchi tapped me on the shoulder to be sure I was paying attention. Looking me right in the eyes with a razor-edged intensity, he went on, “Retreat. But do not give up on that story. Find out what that bastard is afraid of.
Right away, I was being led into deep water. The angle was that yakuza were preying on foreign street vendors who couldn’t complain to the police and that this was a new form of revenue for organized crime. I tried my best, but I suspect I did a lousy job. I didn’t know much about the anti–organized crime legislation that was new to the country, and I didn’t have any police connections to add depth to the story. It was like Journalism 102. Hatsugai looked over the article. “Not bad,” he said politely.