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Jake Adelstein

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American born Jake Adelstein spent most of his adult life as a crime reporter for the Yomiuri Shinbun, Japan’s largest newspaper, prior to becoming chief investigator for a U.S. State Department study of human trafficking in Japan.

Author of Tokyo Vice: a Western reporter on the police beat in Japan, Adelstein is a recognised expert on Japanese organised crime gangs known as the yakuza. In this video, he explains key points about the yakuza, including how yakuza organisations are structured, how they operate, and the context in which they operate.

He also explains how he came to be accepted amongst Japanese, and expands on some of the subtleties of Japanese culture.

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