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For Jake Adelstein's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Legal reform may start rooting out gangsters

| Jun 4, 2016

Legal reform may start rooting out gangsters

Lawmakers in the Diet approved reform to the country’s criminal justice system last month, mandating the recording of police interrogations in certain circumstances, revamping the existing wiretap law and introducing a plea bargain system for the first time. While it’s hard to imagine the ...

The drug problem that keeps getting older

| Apr 2, 2016

The drug problem that keeps getting older

Former pro baseball player Kazuhiro Kiyohara was released from police custody on ¥5 million bail last month following his arrest and subsequent indictment for alleged possession and use of stimulant drugs. It’s a sad fall from grace but Kiyohara’s been in freefall for sometime. ...

| Oct 31, 2015

'Obsolete' gangsters proving problematic

Organized crime syndicates are not fading away, they’re just becoming obsolete. Lawyer Hideaki Kubori and journalist Atsushi Mizoguchi, the country’s leading expert on the powerful Yamaguchi-gumi gang, held a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo on Oct. 20. While ...