Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is being replaced by his right-hand man, a politician so ruthless his nickname refers to one of the most brutal military rulers in Japanese history.
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.
For almost 150 years, the police could not—or would not—dismantle the intricate power structures of the Japanese mafia. In just five years, the yakuza have done it themselves.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in his second time at bat lasted longer than anyone before him but he leaves office unable to stomach the job with the public unable to stomach him.
A Japanese man armed with nothing but toy money and a lot of chutzpah bluffed his way into an expensive cabaret club—until it came time to pay the bill.
‘Chris was simultaneously the most glamorous and adventurous person who’d ever walked among us.’
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.