Jake Adelstein

Contributor

asia & pacific

Tokyo Police Are Cracking Down on Businesses That Exploit Underage Girls

A new law laying down penalties for operators of Japan's so-called JK businesses, which have long operated with virtual impunity, should go into effect by the end of the year.
Jake Adelstein
1.12.16
asia & pacific

The Sexual Exploitation of Children in Japan Is Condemned by UN After Investigation

A United Nations investigator found that the sexual exploitation of children in Japan takes many forms, and is often tolerated or punished very lightly.
Jake Adelstein
10.27.15
asia & pacific

A Yakuza War Is Brewing in Japan — And the Police Are Taking Sides

Japan’s largest organized crime group, the Yamaguchi-gumi, has officially split, creating the potential for a gang war on a scale unseen in Japan for decades.
Jake Adelstein
9.22.15
asia & pacific

Photos Allegedly Linking an Olympic Official to the Yakuza Keep Causing Him Problems

A member of Japan's Diet has called for an independent investigation into the vice chairman of the country's Olympic Committee and his alleged ties to organized crime.
Jake Adelstein
4.15.15
japan

This May Be the Most Dangerous — and Most Costly — Photo in Japan

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will cost at least $5 billion, much of it in the form of lucrative construction contracts. And a single photo threatens to freeze out a powerful crime syndicate.
Jake Adelstein
1.2.15
japan

Video Emerges of Man Setting Himself on Fire to Protest Japan’s Move Toward Remilitarization

He protested efforts to reinterpret Japan’s constitution to allow Japan Self Defense Forces to participate in combat missions and war.
Jake Adelstein
6.29.14