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Jake Adelstein

Jake Adelstein was a police reporter for the Yomiuri Shinbun, Japan's largest newspaper, from 1993 to 2005. From 2006 to 2007 he was the chief investigator for a U.S. State Department-sponsored study of human trafficking in Japan. He is currently the public relations director for the Washington, D.C.-based Polaris Project Japan, which combats the exploitation of women and children in the sex trade. His book Tokyo Vice: An American on the Police Beat in Japan was published in paperback this month. He is also the assistant editor for www.japansubculture.com which covers the anti-organized crime movement in Japan.

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The high price of writing about the Japanese mafia

"In life, we only encounter the injustices we were meant to correct."
-Igari Toshiro, ex-prosecutor, leading lawyer in the anti-organized crime movement in Japan (1949-2010)

Igari Toshiro was my lawyer, my mentor, and my friend. In the sixteen years I've been covering organized crime in Japan, I've never met anyone more courageous or inspiring--or anyone who looked as much like a pit-bull in human form.

October 8, 2010 11:05 AM ET

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