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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tokyo Vice

Reporter Jake Adelstein recently released memoir Tokyo Vice is an account of his 12 year stint working the crime beat for the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan`s largest newspaper. The extortion, racketeering, prostitution and gambling rings associated with Japan`s yakuza criminal organizations have been written up in books and glorified in films numerous times before. Yet a substantial first hand peek inside this insidious underworld by a foreign journalist has not existed before. Tokyo Vice is written in a fast paced, acerbic and sometimes humorous style. Tokyo Vice recounts Jake Adelstein`s investigations into serial rape, pornography, murder and his greatest scoop: providing details on how four gangsters were able to travel to the US over several years to receive liver transplants.

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