Check out this week’s super-interesting new podcast from Two Nice Jewish Boys: Episode 31 – ‘Tokyo Vice: A Jewish Journalist Against the Yakuza’ with Jake Adelstein. For more podcasts check out their website.

Episode 31 – ‘Tokyo Vice: A Jewish Journalist Against the Yakuza’ with Jake Adelstein

To many of us, Japan is still a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Mysterious of all is the Yakuza, Japan’s notorious crime organization, which has been growing and spreading dread for decades.

When Jake Adelstein, a nice Jewish boy from Minnesota, decided to leave everything behind and follow his passion and fascination to Japan, he didn’t know much about the Yakuza either. But soon enough, he learned more than he’d ever imagined he would. Pursuing a career as a Tokyo investigative crime reporter, he wrote in Japanese for one of the country’s most prestigious newspapers.

Jake visited Israel recently for the first time, as a guest of Penn Publishing, who just printed his 2010 book Tokyo Vice. The book tells the mind boggling real-life incidents that took place throughout Jake’s impressive and dramatic career. 2NJB sat with him to talk Japan, Yakuza, and journalism.


About Two Nice Jewish Boys

Two Nice Jewish Boys is a weekly podcast in English about life in Israel. Naor Meningher and Eytan Weinstein offer you a glimpse of Israel and some of the interesting people who live here.

Naor Meninger is an independent filmmaker. He’s obsessed with Italy and runs the Israeli parmesan black-market.

Eytan Weinstein is an interactive scriptwriter. He grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and pronounces the word “drawer” funny.

Check out their website.

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