Investigative Journalist / Author / Researcher / Risk Analyst / Editor
Jake Adelstein has been an investigative journalist in Japan since 1993. He was born in Columbia, Missouri and came to Japan in 1988. He lived in a Zen Buddhist for most of his time at Sophia University. After, graduating he became the first foreigner to work as a regular staff writer and police reporter, writing in Japanese, for the Yomiuri Shinbun, Japan’s largest newspaper. 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 Lighthouse Japan (formerly 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 forthcoming The Last Yakuza: A Life In The Japanese Underworld. Jake Adelstein is a foreign correspondent for The Daily Beast, The Los Angeles Times, Vice News, and has a monthly column in The Japan Times. He also continues to write in the Japanese language for ZAITEN and other publications. He is a regular guest on 外国人記者は見た! (Foreign Correspondents Discuss News in Japan) on TBS.