Book Review: PR Lessons Learned from Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan

“Either erase the story, or we’ll erase you and your family.” This is how Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan begins. Author Jake Adelstein is the only American who has ever worked as a reporter at Japan’s biggest daily newspaper, the Yomiuri Shinbun. In his book, he tells us the incredible story of how he started as a police reporter in Japan and how he descended into Japan’s underworld to explore their most notorious gangster organization, the Yakuza. At the peak of this amazing tale, he reveals how several Japanese Yakuza received liver transplants in the US. Before he wrote the book, he originally published an article on this in the Washington Post – a move that put his and his family’s lives at serious risk. [Read more...]