Jake Adelstein


Jake Adelstein is the first foreigner to have integrated the Yomiuri Shimbun. For over ten years, he covers human trafficking and organized crime. After having investigate on Yakuzas, his family was placed under FBI protection for several years. He also worked for The Daily Beast, The Japan Times and Vice News.

Autobiography for Quais du Polar

People get killed on rainy days. The yakuza, Japan’s mafia, know rain obscures visibility, muffles sound & washes away trace evidence. Cops don’t like the rain. Crime reporters get excited: means work. I am neutral but I carry a very solid umbrella.

Crime favorites

Noir novel: Trouble is my business, Raymond Chandler

movie: Miller’s Crossing, Joel and Ethan Coen

Noir writer: Lawrence Block