Jake Adelstein has been an investigative journalist in Japan since 1993. Considered one of the foremost experts on organized crime in Japan, he works as a writer and consultant in Japan and the United States. He is also an advisor to NPO Lighthouse formerly Polaris Project Japan, which combats human trafficking and the exploitation of women and children in the sex trade. He is the author of Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan (Vintage) and the forthcoming The Last Yakuza: A Life In The Japanese Underworld. He edits the blog, Japan Subculture Research Center. He is a good friend to have but a terrible person to date.
Interview with Jake
What is the weirdest or most inappropriate place you've ever made a social media post from?
In the middle of having one incredibly good bout of sex on a futon.
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
That it's a nervous system malady.
How long can you go without a tweet?
Days. Weeks. Minutes.
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
How do you or your organization use social media? What makes your use unique?
Jake Adelstein and the Japan Subculture Research Center use social media to collect information, re-examine and improve already published stories, and to let people know what we've written, so they can read it. We focus on Japanese organized crime, corporate malfeasance, the dark side of Japanese subculture, and what's admirable or interesting in Japan. We tweet in both English and Japanese and try to surf the information waves to places that are worth visiting. And then ride those waves back to share with our followers what we've found worth knowing. And we're very unique in our use of surfing metaphors