Jake Adelstein

Jake Adelstein came to Japan in 1988 and is a graduate of Sophia University. He has been working in Japan as a reporter since 1993, first for a major Japanese newspaper, writing in Japanese, covering everything from crime, court cases, to high school baseball, but much of it devoted to covering Japan’s mafia, the yakuza. He is author of a true-crime memoir Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter On the Police Beat in Japan and co-author of the forthcoming Pay The Devil In Bitcoin. He’s also a low-ranking Zen Buddhist priest, far, far, far from enlightenment (satori). He currently covers Japan’s popular culture (products, fads, new businesses), the shady subculture, crime, politics, social issues and gadgets for The Daily Beast, Forbes, and other publications.