‘Chris was simultaneously the most glamorous and adventurous person who’d ever walked among us.’
Jake Adelstein has been an investigative journalist in Japan since 1993. Considered one of the foremost experts on organized crime in Japan, he works as a writer and consultant in Japan and the United States. He is also an advisor to NPO Polaris Project Japan, which combats human trafficking and the exploitation of women and children in the sex trade. He is the author of Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan (Vintage) and the forthcomingThe Last Yakuza: A Life In The Japanese Underworld.
As the number of coronavirus cases and COVID-19 deaths in Japan are on the rise, the government continues to make saving face a priority over saving lives.
The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics were ill-conceived, won through bribes, and a health hazard to the athletes and the spectators. The pandemic postponement may have saved lives.
Symptoms of bureaucratic blindness: Tokyo embassy employees who visited infected America patients from the cruise ship Diamond Princess were told they didn’t need tests.
Fresh off his escape to Beirut, the former CEO was finally free to hit back against those he said conspired to put him in prison for life in a Japanese system rigged against him.
Even before the former head of Renault and Nissan slipped out of Japan, he was talking to a producer about a movie deal.