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Japan Subculture Research Center

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Jake Adelstein

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Yakuza University: It’s a hard knock education

 Le monde criminel possède souvent son propre langage et ses propres expressions. Les yakuza ne font pas exception à la règle. Par exemple, plutôt que de dire « aller en…

AKB48: A Microcosm Of Dark Corporate Japan. Sexual exploitation of child labor is sooo cute. (Book review)

Shohei Sakakura has linked Black Companies with the nation's most famous and lucrative girl group AKB 48. "AKB48 and the Black Companies," and his indictments make Walmart look like a…

Nikkei buys the Financial Times: Have The Lunatics Taken Over the Asylum?

"The Financial Times broke the story on the massive Olympus Accounting Fraud while Nikkei ignored it and was a mouthpiece for Olympus for the first week. Why should we believe…

Japan’s Secrecy Bill: Designed by Kafka & Inspired by Hitler?!!

Legal experts note that even asking pointed questions about a state secret, whether you know or don't know it's a secret, could be treated as "instigating leaks" and the result…

Economics 101: The Yakuza Barometer

A look at why the yakuza hitting the books is a sure-fire sign that the economy is hitting rock bottom, by Bloomberg’s William Pesek, with added flavor from Jake Adelstein.…

"Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation in Japan. The New Victims: Japanese Teenagers"

Japanese female teenagers are being used to replace foreign women in the sex-trafficking industry, possibly as a result of crackdowns by the Japanese government against the exploitation of foreign women…

Tokyo Vice featured in South China Post Sunday Book Section

The stories Jake Adelstein wrote as a crime reporter for a Japanese newspaper have earned him and his family a death threat from one of the country’s most notorious and…

Jake Adelstein Featured on BBC World Service

The BBC's International Radio Station did a story on Wednesday's program on Jake Adelstein becoming an "accidentally intrepid" crime reporter. The information on the July 16th Program can be found…