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A riveting true-life tale of newspaper noir and Japanese organized crime from an American investigative journalist.
Jake Adelstein is the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police Press Club, where for twelve years he covered the dark side of Japan: extortion, murder, human trafficking, fiscal corruption, and of course, the yakuza. But when his final scoop exposed a scandal that reverberated all the way from the neon soaked streets of Tokyo to the polished Halls of the FBI and resulted in a death threat for him and his family, Adelstein decided to step down. Then, he fought back. In Tokyo Vice he delivers an unprecedented look at Japanese culture and searing memoir about his rise from cub reporter to seasoned journalist with a price on his head.

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Tokyo Vice
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Unique Perspective Into Japanese Culture
November 13th, 2014
If you've ever been interested in how the Yakuza does business in Japan (their relationship to the police, the media, and the government) or just interested in Japan in general, this book is for you. Written by Jake Adelstein (the first ever foreign journalist to work in Japan's largest newspaper), the biography flies by, leaving you increasingly shocked and amazed at each new twist in the true-life story.
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