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The Strange World of Yakuza Fan Magazines

It figures that something like this would be coming, since he is such an avid collector of the things, but Jake has written a detailed rundown of magazines published by…

2 Channel Devotes A Thread to Jake and Tokyo Vice

In one of the mind baffling things to happen of late, the popular Japanese internet BBS and forum, 2 channel, devoted a thread to me and the book. I suppose…

Is Shibuya Tokyo's new sin city?

Since the tightening of regulations against fuuzoku sex industry businesses in Shinjuku’s Kabuki-cho last year, there have been voices of concern about whether or not the neighborhood will lose its…

Child pornography pulling profits?

“How can you crack down on child pornography in this country when it is not a crime to be posses it?” “When you are looking at child pornography, you are…

Read Page 99 of TOKYO VICE and know all!

The Page 99 Test is a blog that gives readers a peek at the 99th page of a book because it apparently holds the secret to some unlimited wealth of…

The Japan Times Reviews TOKYO VICE "classic newsprint noir"

Mark Schreiber, long time chronicler of Japan’s seamy side, weighs in on the book.  Shrieber has authored several books about crime in Japan and has been a denizen of  Kabukicho,…

On the road with Tokyo Vice

Jake Adelstein is currently traversing across the U.S. on a tour promoting Tokyo Vice. The New Yorker’s Book Bench gave two thumbs (and ten fingers) up to the book’s launch…

Review by Roland Kelts

Writer, good buddy and author of Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S., Roland Kelts, has posted a great review of Tokyo Vice. Check out his blog for…

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Getting up close with Jake

Reuters’ Isabel Reynolds gets up close and personal with Jake Adelstein about the sotry behind Tokyo Vice. In his English-language memoir, “Tokyo Vice,” which will be published in the United…