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Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein
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Mar 11, 2011

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This book left me feeling kinda angry. It started off as a frivolous read about a foreign country with strange practices (the used underwear vending machines! hilarious!) but the more I read, the less I liked Jake. His ambiguity and "information whorishness" really went above and beyond what a normal person would consider reasonable. But perhaps I'm saying that because I'm not a journalist. Maybe they are all like Jake. If so, maybe I don't have much respect for the media in general in that case.

How anyone can put the lust of a story before the lives of people they care about astounds me. And as I said, I went into this thinking, oh, its kinda funny, but by the end I was shocked. I felt sick. I don't want to be too spoilerish, but wow, just when you think Jake couldn't get any lower, he surprises us!

Kudos on being a strange, morally ambiguous man. I find it ironic that you're judging Goto when you yourself, as one of your "sources" pointed out, is not that different from Goto himself.
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