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Tokyo Vice Audiobook

Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan

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Publisher's Summary

From the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police press club: a unique, firsthand, revelatory look at Japanese culture from the underbelly up.

At 19, Jake Adelstein went to Japan in search of peace and tranquility. What he got was a life of crime - crime reporting, that is, at the prestigious Yomiuri Shinbun.

For 12 years of 80-hour workweeks, he covered the seedy side of Japan, where extortion, murder, human trafficking, and corruption are as familiar as ramen noodles and sake. But when his final scoop brought him face to face with Japan's most infamous yakuza boss - and the threat of death for him and his family - Adelstein decided to step down...momentarily. Then, he fought back.

In Tokyo Vice, Adelstein tells the riveting, often humorous tale of his journey from an inexperienced cub reporter - who made rookie mistakes like getting into a martial-arts battle with a senior editor - to a daring, investigative journalist with a price on his head. With its vivid, visceral descriptions of crime in Japan and an exploration of the world of modern-day yakuza that even few Japanese ever see, Tokyo Vice is a fascination, and an education, from first to last.

©2009 Jake Adelstein; (P)2009 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Not just a hard-boiled true-crime thriller, but an engrossing, troubling look at crime and human exploitation in Japan." (Kirkus)
"A deeply thought-provoking book: equal parts cultural exposé, true crime, and hard-boiled noir." (Publishers Weekly,)

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    "A deep look into Japanese crime & society"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book although the subject matter is very dark. Most of the information was completely new to me and I gained a better understanding of the inner workings of the Japanese police, media and crime. I highly recommend it!

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    Jared 04-06-17
    Jared 04-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I had to read this book for a class, but wow!"

    I loved this book. Compelling and it kept me hooked. I learned much about Japan.

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    Jo Lexington, Cayman Islands 03-26-17
    Jo Lexington, Cayman Islands 03-26-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story"

    Parts almost unbelievable. It's very noir-like but real. Fascinating with a real Chinatown ending. I learned a bunch about Japanese culture.

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    t90 12-17-16
    t90 12-17-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great and fast paced book"

    Would be very interesting to fans of books on crime, gangs, and the seedier side of Japan

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    Jorge Rodriguez 10-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Riveting the whole way through"

    This work is presented in a down to earth manner but with enough detail to keep you going. I found it so easy to listen to I gave it another go immediately after finishing.
    The narrator will step on a few words, maybe rasp out the ends of sentences here and there but his work is still above average. I recommend this to anyone who takes investigative journalism seriously, wants to know an ugly side of Japanese society, or even wants a cop thriller experience. This work has me on the hunt for more.
    Side note: it even describes Saitama just as I remember it.

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    Jason 09-11-16
    Jason 09-11-16
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    "Amazing insight into Japanese crime and business."

    I wish this was a movie, it's a very interesting insight into the Japanese business culture, I learned so much and really wanted to know how it ended. Some people say his voice is a bit monotone, but honestly it adds to the story, it puts you in his thoughts. The story might end a bit abruptly to me, but I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it to anyone slightly interested in the Yukuza or how it is to be a salary man in Tokyo.

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    Teadrinker Newark, NJ, United States 08-17-16
    Teadrinker Newark, NJ, United States 08-17-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Amazing Story"

    Even though I cringed every time the author threw himself YET AGAIN into harm's way, I'm glad he did for the story that came out of it. I hope he's retired now . . .

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    Jeremiah 05-15-16
    Jeremiah 05-15-16
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    "An Amazing Accomplishment! Excellent Read!"
    Any additional comments?

    It's hard to describe this book. It's true crime. It's a memoir. It's a confession by the author who seems to be desperately seeking absolution...or at least just understanding. At first I was put off by Mr. Adelstein's narration. Truth be told, he's a fantastic writer, but not a great narrator, however, near the end of the book, I realized why he had chosen to take on what he had to know would be criticism (he's a writer, not a performer): this book is too personal to be narrated by someone else.

    This is a gritty, beautiful, and very, very real look at what will be an alien world to most westerners. I loved it and I thank Mr. Adelstein for taking the risks he has and doing the good work that he has done.

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    David 10-27-15
    David 10-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Intimate"

    Once I met him in a writers speaker session and wanted to read (listen) to his book as I have been living in Tokyo for 20 years now.
    I find it quite interesting on how one of the most safest places on earth is not perfect.
    The events described here, I still remember them and it adds intimacy knowing how they are describe by someone who either solve them or brought them up to light.
    Great for those foreigners who live in Japan

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    Michelle Stiles 09-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting view on Japanese crime"

    Not really kind of book as it was chosen for our Book Club..but scary how vicious organized crime can be.

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