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.
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"A deeply thought-provoking book: equal parts cultural exposé, true crime, and hard-boiled noir." ( Publishers Weekly,)
Von Otto Ruthenberg Am hilfreichsten 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!