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    From the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police press club: a unique, firsthand, revelatory look at Japanese culture from the underbelly up.

    At 19, Jake Adelstein went to Japan in search of peace and tranquility. What he got was a life of crime - crime reporting, that is, at the prestigious Yomiuri Shinbun.

    For 12 years of 80-hour workweeks, he covered the seedy side of Japan, where extortion, murder, human trafficking, and corruption are as familiar as ramen noodles and sake. But when his final scoop brought him face to face with Japan's most infamous yakuza boss - and the threat of death for him and his family - Adelstein decided to step down...momentarily. Then, he fought back.

    In Tokyo Vice, Adelstein tells the riveting, often humorous tale of his journey from an inexperienced cub reporter - who made rookie mistakes like getting into a martial-arts battle with a senior editor - to a daring, investigative journalist with a price on his head. With its vivid, visceral descriptions of crime in Japan and an exploration of the world of modern-day yakuza that even few Japanese ever see, Tokyo Vice is a fascination, and an education, from first to last.

    ©2009 Jake Adelstein (P)2009 Random House

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    "Not just a hard-boiled true-crime thriller, but an engrossing, troubling look at crime and human exploitation in Japan." ( Kirkus)
    "A deeply thought-provoking book: equal parts cultural exposé, true crime, and hard-boiled noir." ( Publishers Weekly,)

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    • Steven
    • 07/02/2010

    Memoir, crime story and travelogue in one package

    Perhaps I am predisposed toward this author because I am also a Jewish guy from Missouri. However, I have nowhere near the temerity that the author has, who became so fluent in Japanese that he became a reporter in Japan and ultimately winds up taking on the Yakuza, the Japanese mafia.
    This book has the elements of a confessional memoir, with crime stories woven within, and an in-depth look at Japanese life and culture, all in one package. On the latter, it centers mostly on the seamier side of Japanese life and culture in its criminal and sex trade arenas.
    Unlike another review I recall that did not like the author reading the text, I found it a very authentic reading that added something a professional reader may not have accomplished.
    It is a riveting read and I highly recommend it.

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    • Munenori
    • 12/12/2009

    Great book that reveals the underground of Japan

    This book is a full of surprises and wonders even for a Japanese like me, exposing the details of all the hidden aspects of Japanese underground cultures like sex industries, organized crimes, foreign workers, and so many others. These things you only hear from rumors, low profile weekly magazines or yellow evening news papers. Now they are all uncovered by a former prestigious Yomiuri reporter Jake Adelstein, who I would like to call "Henna gaijin (a weird foreigner)" with a sense of great respect as he dared to stick into the things that most Japaneses try to avoid even mentioning.
    I have lived in/near Tokyo in most of 90's and 00's, and am kind of familiar with most of the news stories covered in this book through TVs and newspapers. But, I learned they are totally different from inside. For example, in the case with Saitama dog-lover serial murders, the connection between the breeder and an organized crime group was barely mentioned on Japanese TVs and major newspapers. Other things as well.
    The narration by the author gives vividness to the scenes and to the tone of the voices of the people in the book. Although it is not of professional, I found I am kind of fond of it.
    Great work, no doubt.

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    • Sean
    • 22/02/2010

    Excellent, gripping and introspective

    Jake Adelstein has written and narrated a tremendous book detailing his time as a newspaper crime reporter and freelance crime journalist in Japan. He is probably one of the most knowledgeable Westerners on topics like the Yakuza and Japanese red-light districts, and to listen to a book which 1) expounds in great detail on such interesting subjects and 2) is quite entertaining is a sheer pleasure.

    The author's narration is also excellent, not at all "over the top" as I have had to suffer through with many other audiobooks. In the end, it is Adelstein's honesty (both about his own inner thoughts and actions and the identities and places featured) that caused me to rate this book 5+ stars.

    Out of 20 books in my Audible library, a handful deserve 5 stars. Only three deserve 5+ (the others are Snowball and The Greatest Trade Ever) because I was compelled to listen for 1+ hours/day.

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    • Zap Smith
    • 11/03/2020

    One of the best news/true crime experiences

    Jake Adelstein's Tokyo Vice is one of the best non-fiction pieces on the life of a foreign reporter working the Tokyo crime beat in the 1990s-2000s. As a bonus, he also happens to be a great narrator, delivering the book in a conversational tone that makes it easy to follow and comprehend Japanese vocabulary. For fans of "People Who Eat Darkness" this offers another perspective on the Lucy Blackmon case from someone who was on the ground covering it when it happened. A fascinating journey. Hopefully, Adelstein will do more narration.

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    • Blankley,
    • 04/11/2010

    Like the Japan I see

    Many Japanese consider Japan to be the safest country in the world. This myth is apparently part of the social consciousness. Yet as Adelstein shows, the reason for this is the police activity itself is narrowly defined and police powers very limited. This gives the impression that Japan has a low crime rate. Other reviewers said that the narration was a problem. This made me think twice about purchasing this title. Don't! The narration is fine and the are only a few places in the 9 hours where the author speaks at speed but I would not have preferred a voice actor.

    Adelstein's achievements as a reporter in the context of Japan are noteworthy in themselves. But he has achieved much more than just reporting as this work will tell. I also found some useful clips on Youtube to look at with the author.

    I gave it five stars as it is a great true story, well told, but has social impact that really makes this an ongoing tale.

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    • Richard
    • 01/07/2010

    Engrossing

    A highly enjoyable audiobook. The author really captures what it's like being an American reporter at a Japanese newspaper. The stories Adelstein writes about are always fascinating, scary and heartbreaking. A terrific read. My one complaint would be that the author sometimes reads the text too quickly and isn't really trained in voicing audiobooks. Once you get used to his cadence, though, it's just fine.

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    • Sam
    • 27/12/2009

    half org. sociology, half crime story

    Tokyo Vice starts off as a dry, but fascinating organizational study of the Japanese media and work culture, appealing to any amateur sociologist. Slowly it ramps up to a shocking survey of Japan's seedier side: Yakuza crime, murder, and human trafficking. Mr. Adelstein's vivid portrayal both drew me closer to, and alienated me from, the Tokyo I thought I knew. His reading is compelling. Though he isn't a professional it was a treat to hear the real emotion in his voice as he discussed the events that happened to him as his life was endangered by the type of reporting he was conducting. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Japan, crime reporting, and the Yakuza mythos.

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    • Marina
    • 07/07/2021

    Fantastic Listen!

    Jake Adelstein does a wonderful job of transporting the listener/reader to Tokyo. I felt immersed and invested within the first hour! I finished it within a week and didn't want it to end. When the ending arrived, I couldn't help but think about what a good TV show or film this would make, I was pleasantly surprised to find that such a production is in the works and I can't wait to see it. This is a book I will most certainly revisit again.

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    • G. Wright
    • 16/06/2021

    Great insight on the Japanese culture

    I rest enjoyed listening to the author and learning about the Japanese culture. It really puts things into perspective. Great listen.

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    • Justin Palacios
    • 23/04/2021

    Excellent book for aspiring journalists

    Recommend this book to anyone interested in the underworld of Tokyo and any aspiring journalist. One of the greatest I’ve ever read. Can’t wait for the HBO Max show adaptation of this to premiere now that I’ve read it.

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    • Saeid Kheirandish
    • 08/05/2019

    Fact vs. Fiction

    The title and its underlying stories promise an exciting account of the Japanese crime underworld, but the author's elaborate narrative of his personal exploits mostly get in the way of delivering a more accurate acvount.

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    • Otto Ruthenberg
    • 08/06/2011

    brave and instructive on japan

    this guy really sneaked into japanese society and crime to tell a fascinating story, it helps to know something of japan to put his bravery into the right perspective, eminently hearable!