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  • #16
    警視庁記者クラブ The home of Tokyo Police Reporters

    Gotta give the guy credit for doing his best to discredit anyone who opposes him. It's hard to read but look closely at the card.
    The club Adelstein has on the card is the press club for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. 警視庁記者クラブ
    In other words, CJ just provided great evidence that Adelstein really was a police reporter. Good god, does the man ever fact check himself?
    Watch him remove the photo.

    Originally posted by thefan View Post
    That doesn't prove anything either way, it's just terminology.

    社会 news includes murder



    You don't print your own business card, the company does, and the English side usually involves huge amounts of teeth sucking and hand wringing before arriving at some tortured conclusion. He probably wrangled a cool English side and they agreed knowing the Japanese side is the one that matters. I doubt they would put "警察部” on a card.

    Well done Jake, another gaijin who re-invented himself in Japan, what's wrong with that?

    Let's break out the pop corn and watch round three of celebrity gaijin internet meltdown.

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    • #17
      Not according to his old 2000 posts on 2ch imploring evacuees from Miyakejima to provide him with information as a reporter for shakai-bu:

      53 名前: 名無しさん@1周年 投稿日: 2000/06/28(水) 14:10

      三宅島さんの住民様へ。取材のご協力をお願いします
      投稿日 2000年6月27日(火)09時36分 投稿者 ジェーク・アデルステイン


      読売新聞の社会部記者のジェークと申します。外国人だが、本紙の記者を七年間やって います。
      災害に直面している皆様の心配は、火山のない国から来 た私は想像もつきません。きっと大変だと思います。
      先日夜から災害に関する情報をまとめたりしていますが 、こちらの報道は役立っているのかどうか教えてくださ い。どんな情報の掲載
      を望んでいるでしょうか。また、避難所での生活や状況など についてご意見や要望も教えていただけたら幸いです。お電話、またはメー
      ルなどでのご連絡よろしくお願いします。可能な限り、 それを記事作成の参考にします。よろしくお願いいたし ます。
      なお、現況をデジタルカメラで撮影した写真があれば、 ご提供をお願いいたします。可能なら紙面に活用します 。

      読売新聞社会部記者
      JAKE ADELSTEIN

      137 :名無番長:2010/10/13(水) 21:28:01 0
      ジェイク•エーデルスタインか。「後藤組長に命を狙われてる」と嘘を 言って
      売名行為をしてる元記者だな。そうか、ヤクザの記事は 書かないで自然災害の
      ニュースを追っかけてただけか。馬鹿な奴だ。ま、外人向けの ホラ話しの本を
      書いたが内容が嘘っぽくて笑えた。フェイク偽物エーデルスタイン


      138 :名無番長:2010/10/13(水) 21:36:48 0
      ジンガイだってこのチンカスの嘘はお見通しや。このジ ンガイ向けの
      掲示板にフェイクの作り話は暴露されとるで。

      140 :名無番長:2010/10/13(水) 22:30:36 O
      後藤のオッサン、この前四人で、清水さかな市場で飯喰 ってたど!

      三十過ぎのケバい雌を連れて!

      141 :名無番長:2010/10/14(木) 00:05:43 0
      フェーク・アデルステイン~!

      142 :名無番長:2010/10/14(木) 00:42:16 0
      投稿日 2000年6月27日(火)09時36分 投稿者 ジェーク・アデルステイン [tkycc-09p36.ppp.odn.ad.jp] 削除
      読売新聞社会部記者 :

      JAKE ADELSTEIN
      電話:03-3242-1111(社会部へと話してつな いでもらいます)
      jakey2@pop11.odn.ne.jp
      Actually, it would be nice if someone were to do what happens in business all the time, and make a call to the Yomiuri Shimbun to determine whether Jake Adelstein was from 1993 ...assigned to cover the "...organized crime task force of the Saitama Police Department." as he claims. Or, was he Mr. Shakai-bu for most of his time there and only managing to file one or two "crime-related" stories b/c he squealed so loud?

      And, even the stories he cites himself such as the 2004 "cocaine being cut with heroin" story were wrong from the start.
      Last edited by NorthByNorthwest; 2012-05-02, 04:43 PM.

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      • #18
        I was working a lot for France 24 before you came along, and now I am not. The only thing that changed is your presence. You are responsible for this, and you can’t jam out of it like TEPCO. Firstly, you act like you are the only one in the world, and no other freelancer else matters. Like you can just rock into anybody’s yard and eat the fruit off their trees, and to hell with who was working for France 24 in the past or future. Reality is, you are the freelancer’s equivalent of a scab laborer crossing a picket line in Detroit, and you won’t last.I was clearly in line for the gig, (reporting for the network since July 2007) and was negotiating my status with top brass..
        from the Japan Subculture link above, an angry missive from an angry reporter to someone who has stolen his gig.

        He obviously doesn't understand the meaning of freelance. He seems to expect the security of a regular employee.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by NorthByNorthwest View Post
          Not according to his old 2000 posts on 2ch imploring evacuees from Miyakejima to provide him with information as a reporter for shakai-bu:
          Look at the range of news stories listed under "shakai" on any Japanese newspaper website.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by thefan View Post
            Look at the range of news stories listed under "shakai" on any Japanese newspaper website.
            I know, but look how Adelstein tries to deride a fellow gaijin reporter for being in shakai-bu while implying that he was in some 'higher' division:

            http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/tokyo...ake-adelstein/

            3:AM: You entered one of the most hermitically-sealed and jealously guarded professions in Japan, but in Tokyo Vice you seem to put this down to luck and a little guile. Was this really so and did you come across any other ‘lucky’ gaijin reporters while you were working?

            JA: It wasn’t all luck but luck had a lot to do with it. The newspaper entrance exams, while slightly varying from company to company, are standardized tests and it is possible to study for them. I studied for almost a year, while finishing up college and that definitely helped. The Yomiuri topic for that year (1992) was “Gaikokujin” or “Foreigners” and it was a topic I’d written about before and could discuss from a first-hand perspective. It also didn’t hurt that one of the HR guys was a graduate from my university, Sophia, and that created a kind of bond. Allison Backham, from Canada, was hired by NTV (Nihon Television) after taking the regular test and worked as a reporter for the Metro Beat (社会部)for a while. Blond haired, pale, thin, and always smiling–she seemed very much like Alice in Japanland.

            I’m guessing it was around 1999 but my memory is shaky. She was very good on camera, and spoke Japanese very well. They kept sending her on wild-goose chases, or in Japan’s case, wild-monkey chases–stories about wild animals lost in the city, including a monkey in the fancy Azabu neighborhood, and we’d run into each other now and then on offbeat stories like that. I wrote about her in the Monkey Business chapter which never made it into the book. I think she’s handling intellectual rights for the company now. A brilliant woman and her spoken Japanese is much better than mine. I never have quite gotten rid of my monotone accent.
            More than likely, Jake was also following the exact same "wild-monkey chase" stories (eg. "wild-monkey chases–stories about wild animals lost in the city, including a monkey in the fancy Azabu neighborhood") as he indicates Allison Backham was doing. But but but ... maybe the monkey was in a gang and there were police involved ... yeah, hardcore, man. All the way. Hoorah! Semper Fi!

            It's the same creative reinvention disease that turns former English teachers into McKinsey-type 'management consultants', former E2 Army privates into former Army Green Berets or Delta, and former fill-in-the-blanks types claiming to be "CIA", "MI6", "Mossad" (if they're Jewish).
            Last edited by NorthByNorthwest; 2012-05-02, 05:02 PM.

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            • #21
              http://vodpod.com/watch/2523327-tokyo-vice-author#

              00:19:03 My guest tonight he was a reporter for japan’s largest newspaper for 12 years and was the only american ever admitted to the tokyo metropolitan police press club.
              00:19:13 His new book is called “tokyo vice” an american reporter on the police beat in japan.
              00:19:20 Please welcome to the program jake adelstein.
              00:19:21 What is up, brother.
              00:19:23 Nice to see you.
              00:19:24 Come to sit.
              00:19:24 [Cheers and applause] I caught that.
              00:19:28 I caught that culturally irrelevant bow.
              00:19:33 >> It was just a reflex.
              00:19:35 >> Jon: I see.
              00:19:36 How long have you been in japan?
              00:19:38 >> 20 Years.
              00:19:39 >> Jon: You’re kidding me.
              00:19:41 And do you think ― is the yakuza and those kinds of crime stories why you went there?
              00:19:47 >> I went there like many young children that go to japan looking for enlightenment at addhist temple.
              00:19:56 T most of college living ina ― >> Jon: You weren’t in to get high.
              00:20:00 >> You don’t get high in a buddhist temple.
              00:20:03 >> Jon: Is that true?
              00:20:04 >> Yes, yes, you couldn’t even have chicken at a ― >> Jon: Is that true you went for enlightment?
              00:20:12 >> This was before aninae, japanese animation, I was going to learn karate and become spiritually enlightened.
              00:20:25 Didn’t work out very well.
              00:20:26 >> Jon: This is an amaze storingism you are therefore ― for the people who don’t know the story there was a japanese crime lord who a lot of yakuza their livers are not in good shape.
              00:20:38 >> It’s the number one cause of death other than being shot or beheaded.
              00:20:44 [ Laughter ] >> Jon: They get ― >> they get hep-c from doing the tattoos.
              00:20:56 The original tattoos used an ink that was carcinogenic and they drink a lot.
              00:21:02 Everything you want to crash your liver they tend to do.
              00:21:04 >> Jon: And they get beheaded.
              00:21:07 >> Stricter gun laws have made the samurai sword as a killing instrument have kind of a comeback there.
              00:21:14 I’m not making this up.
              00:21:14 >> Jon: I don’t think you are making this up.
              00:21:17 >> About six months ago a jaw cleaves off in the middle of the town.
              00:21:24 Very exciting.
              00:21:24 A guy in the number three organized crime group.
              00:21:27 >> Jon: That’s not yakuza.
              00:21:30 >> It is.
              00:21:31 There’s so many of them.
              00:21:32 >> Jon: There rankings?
              00:21:34 Like a bcs for yakuz.
              00:21:37 >> There’s the wal-mart of it which is 40,000 people.
              00:21:42 >> Jon: Is it considered like when you retire you work for them like wal-mart, same thing?
              00:21:46 >> I don’t think so but they have an incredibly good retirement plan.
              00:21:50 If you go to prison they’ll take care of your family, too.
              00:21:53 >> Jon: The police don’t bother them?
              00:21:56 Eae kind of like the boyscouts.
              00:21:58 [ Laughter ] >> Jon: I feel like we’re on weird territory.
              00:22:06 [ Laughter ] >> imagine you had boy scouts and some of them engaged in extortion and blackmail and every time they would get caught the headquarters would say we kicked them out, they are not part of the group anymore.
              00:22:18 That would be the existence of the yakuza in japan.
              00:22:23 There are laws regulating them but the organizations themselves are legal.
              00:22:26 >> Jon: What merit badge would you get for extortion.
              00:22:29 [ Laughter ] so, the yakuza you have this guy who is in the yakuza, one of top groups.
              00:22:40 >> He is in the richest and most powerful.
              00:22:43 He had 1,000 people working for them.
              00:22:45 At one time he was the largest shareholder of japan airlines.
              00:22:49 He had a lot of money.
              00:22:50 >> Jon: He had a lot of money and legitimate businesses as well.
              00:22:53 Now his liver is failing.
              00:22:54 This is where we catch up to him with you.
              00:22:57 What happens?
              00:22:57 >> In the year 2001 ― this is before 9/11.
              00:23:00 He goes to the local f.b.i.
              00:23:03 Bureau chief in tokyo and says I’ll make you a deal.
              00:23:06 I’ll give you all the information about our front operation to the united states, the banks we use, the casinos we loaned our money at and I’ll throw until information on north korea and how they are making counterfeit notes as well.
              00:23:19 All I want is a visa to go to the united states.
              00:23:22 >> Jon: He didn’t mention the liver?
              00:23:24 >> No, no, no the liver transplant was all ucla.
              00:23:28 Ucla was so tpaoeus.
              00:23:30 >> Jon: This is to (bleep).
              00:23:32 Ucla the boy scouts.
              00:23:33 Imagine a campfire girls of beating and killing old ladies.
              00:23:38 >> With lovely tattoos.
              00:23:39 >> Jon: Exactly.
              00:23:41 [ Laughter ] he gets the sraoez yark give goods up some of his friends.
              00:23:44 >> Gives up his friends.
              00:23:46 >> Jon: He comes here and gets a liver transplant.
              00:23:48 >> It goes so well, later three other friends come.
              00:23:51 >> Jon: They all get livers.
              00:23:54 >> Miraculously the right liver materializes.
              00:23:58 It’s amazing.
              00:23:59 >> Jon: A little of this for a liver.
              00:24:01 >> I couldn’t say that.
              00:24:02 >> Jon: Wave and say something in japanese and we’ll do the whole thing.
              00:24:06 Then you write a book about it and they get mad at you.
              00:24:11 >> The tried to write about it.
              00:24:13 They said if you write about this we’ll erase you and your family.
              00:24:18 I said I don’t think I’ll write about it right now.
              00:24:20 Then a couple years latedder i excited ― at the time in 2005 the first time I was threatened by him and his cronies I didn’t know they had made a deal with the f.b.i.
              00:24:33 How did a yakuza get in the united states and get a liver without doing soming ― something illegal.
              00:24:41 said come on in, all we need is a couple names.
              00:24:47 >> Jon: Somebody vouched for him.
              00:24:50 After that he got kicked out.
              00:24:52 >> Yeah, that’s the sequence.
              00:24:55 He threatened to kill me again.
              00:24:57 It’s a battered marriage between me and this guy.
              00:25:00 [ Laughter ] it’s not inappropriate.
              00:25:06 >> Jon: I think maybe your sense of scale may be off.
              00:25:09 I believe your sense of scale may be off.
              00:25:11 [ Laughter ] >> but anyway it boils down to this.
              00:25:16 I got put under protection again.
              00:25:19 The police officer said write it out somewhere public and he will have less incentive to kill you.
              00:25:24 I said that’s a great idea.
              00:25:26 So I ended up writing it for “the washington post” thanks to howard rosenberg who was at abc at the time.
              00:25:35 >> Jon: Here it is this is your life insurance plan.
              00:25:37 >> This is my life insurance plan.
              00:25:39 >> Jon: At this point are they mad at you are or are we square?
              00:25:44 >> Goto is allegedly a buddhist priest.
              00:25:49 Did he what I tried to do so there’s a success story for you.
              00:25:52 [ Laughter ] >> Jon: Isn’t that the moral of the story?
              00:25:54 >> Let’s all forgive each other.
              00:25:57 >> Jon: If you behead your enemies and come to the country and get another liver, you can start again.
              00:26:04 [ Laughter ] really very sweet.
              00:26:07 “Tokyo vice” son the shelves now that’s our show.
              00:29:17 Join us tomorrow at 11:00.
              00:29:19 Vice president joe biden will be our guest.
              Since then, Jake has been astute enough to modify his stories without anyone pointing the finger and calling Bvll____!! He is a very slippery eel bent on self-promotion.

              For example, he used to claim:

              00:20:26 >> Jon: This is an amaze storingism you are therefore ― for the people who don’t know the story there was a japanese crime lord who a lot of yakuza their livers are not in good shape.
              00:20:38 >> It’s the number one cause of death other than being shot or beheaded.
              00:20:44 [ Laughter ] >> Jon: They get ― >> they get hep-c from doing the tattoos.
              00:20:56 The original tattoos used an ink that was carcinogenic and they drink a lot.
              00:21:02 Everything you want to crash your liver they tend to do.
              And, even in his book, he claimed "... tattoos almost kill the sweat glands." However, nowadays he more accurately describes the Hep-tattoo connection (Hep is very very contagious and even using new needles won't prevent transmission if you do not disinfect the mats, handles and all equipment)

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              • #22
                Originally posted by coolgaijin View Post
                I have read it and doubt the veracity of most of it. But there are elements of truth in it. The police here do let the Y get away with a lot. Fear of foreigners and discrimination in Japan is alive and institutionally accepted in a way most Western countries cannot begin to imagine both at the levels of housing, employment and on a national social level. The 天下り is very real and the super rich barely pay taxes. Japan is safe because the bad guys get dealt with behind the scenes in a very unpleasant way. Murder and human trafficking here are quite common. Peace comes at a price that few people are able to understand.
                There is a lot of stuff going on that we are, as outsiders, never aware of. There's also a lot of stuff that is so blatantly and ineptly pulled off that we immediately know it's BS.

                Originally posted by coolgaijin View Post
                Gotta say there are some seriously naive Japan lovers here if they think things like drug crime, extortion and slave trade magically don't exist here in Japan. It's too easy to live with your eyes shut.
                There's a sucker born every minute and half of them must be working as eikaiwa teachers in Japan.

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                • #23
                  Yeah I hear that. I worked at an eikaiwa and there is a serious amount of self-loathing going on there. People that really think they don't deserve fair wages, paid holidays, sick days, paid training or transportation and so forth. It's a messed up sub-culture of Japan I guess.

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                  • #24
                    Japan is filled with gaijin bull____ters and if Chris Johnson can make a few yen off some drivel he`s published more power to him.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by harroharrojapan View Post
                      LOL! You are an illiterate idiot. You must be Chris in disguise. ....
                      Not Chris Johnson. Definitely not with my posting history. Definitely not a Canadian either.

                      However, it's pretty obvious that you - "harroharrojapan" - are Joshua Lawrence "Jake" Adelstein:

                      http://forum.gaijinpot.com/member.ph...arroharrojapan



                      It also fits a pattern on other sites where you impulsively sign on as a new member (in your case .. today)... snipe, obfuscate and try to defend yourself ... sometimes post a few non sequitur posts to feign sincerity ... and then disappear forever.

                      I noticed this after following the link to this thread:

                      http://www.bigdaikon.com/board/viewt...1977&p=2197610

                      And, sure enough, this little dag calling himself "anotherjapandude" pops up ... newly registered, full of fight and spewing angry talk in defence of Jake Adelstein: http://www.bigdaikon.com/board/viewt...97610#p2198551



                      And, then disappears again.

                      Phew! Trolling must be hard work!

                      Then, in yet another link I followed on this thread, we get this:

                      http://hoofin.wordpress.com/2012/04/...-with-a-quote/

                      .. with this time "Harold" and "jane grey" (smart! use a woman's name to throw 'em off!) posting comments to hoofin.

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                      • #26
                        It's clear to me that both Jake and Chris need to make up and go find a hotel room.

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                        • #27
                          Hmmmm

                          Originally posted by NorthByNorthwest View Post
                          Not Chris Johnson. Definitely not with my posting history. Definitely not a Canadian either.

                          However, it's pretty obvious that you - "harroharrojapan" - are Joshua Lawrence "Jake" Adelstein:

                          http://forum.gaijinpot.com/member.ph...arroharrojapan



                          It also fits a pattern on other sites where you impulsively sign on as a new member (in your case .. today)... snipe, obfuscate and try to defend yourself ... sometimes post a few non sequitur posts to feign sincerity ... and then disappear forever.

                          I noticed this after following the link to this thread:

                          http://www.bigdaikon.com/board/viewt...1977&p=2197610

                          And, sure enough, this little dag calling himself "anotherjapandude" pops up ... newly registered, full of fight and spewing angry talk in defence of Jake Adelstein: http://www.bigdaikon.com/board/viewt...97610#p2198551



                          And, then disappears again.

                          Phew! Trolling must be hard work!

                          Then, in yet another link I followed on this thread, we get this:

                          http://hoofin.wordpress.com/2012/04/...-with-a-quote/

                          .. with this time "Harold" and "jane grey" (smart! use a woman's name to throw 'em off!) posting comments to hoofin.
                          Wow. You must be Christopher Johnson. Because only CJ would spend that much time digging up stuff because some dissed them in a post. And your posting gets very irregular around the time CJ was deported. So you must be him. Nice try, Chris.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Hijinx View Post
                            It's clear to me that both Jake and Chris need to make up and go find a hotel room.
                            It would work if Jake was a little boy.

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                            • #29
                              ????

                              Where is that supposed to be deriding a fellow reporter? It sounds like he's being nice.

                              Can you read Japanese? It doesn't seem that way but you know how to google. So you must be a journalist.
                              So Adelstein claiming to have been a Shakaibu reporter which he was and a police reporter which he was was is like he claiming to win the Pulitzer Prize of Japan for journalism.
                              What creative reinvention! i can really see the amazing exaggerated claims there.

                              Good night, Chris.

                              Originally posted by NorthByNorthwest View Post
                              I know, but look how Adelstein tries to deride a fellow gaijin reporter for being in shakai-bu while implying that he was in some 'higher' division:

                              http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/tokyo...ake-adelstein/



                              More than likely, Jake was also following the exact same "wild-monkey chase" stories (eg. "wild-monkey chases–stories about wild animals lost in the city, including a monkey in the fancy Azabu neighborhood") as he indicates Allison Backham was doing. But but but ... maybe the monkey was in a gang and there were police involved ... yeah, hardcore, man. All the way. Hoorah! Semper Fi!

                              It's the same creative reinvention disease that turns former English teachers into McKinsey-type 'management consultants', former E2 Army privates into former Army Green Berets or Delta, and former fill-in-the-blanks types claiming to be "CIA", "MI6", "Mossad" (if they're Jewish).

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Hijinx View Post
                                It's clear to me that both Jake and Chris need to make up and go find a hotel room.
                                With luck they'll give each other an incurable STD.

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