May General Meeting

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Loose Park Garden Center

The presenter: Jake Adelstein

Jake Adelstein (born March 28, 1969) is a Jewish-American journalist, crime writer, and blogger who has spent most of his career in Japan. He is the author of Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan. 

Adelstein grew up in Columbia, Missouri and moved to Japan at age 19 to study Japanese literature at Sophia University.  In 1993, Adelstein became the first non-Japanese staff writer at the Yomiuri Shinbun newspaper, where he worked for 12 years.

After leaving the Yomiuri, Adelstein published an exposé of how an alleged crime boss, Tadamasa Goto, made a deal with the FBI to gain entry to the United States for a liver transplant at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). In 2009, Adelstein published a memoir about his career as a reporter in Japan, Tokyo Vice, in which he accused Goto of threatening to kill him over the story. 

Adelstein was subsequently a reporter for a United States Department of State investigation into human trafficking in Japan, and now writes for the Daily Beast, Vice News, The Japan Times and other publications. He is a board member and advisor to the Lighthouse: Center for Human Trafficking Victims (formerly Polaris Project Japan).

The topic: His experiences in Japan.

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