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

Working harder to end death by overwork

| Dec 3, 2016

Working harder to end death by overwork

“When you’re in the office 20 hours a day, you don’t understand what life you’re living for anymore. (It’s so pathetic) you come to laugh.” — Twitter post by Matsuri Takahashi, as reported in the Mainichi Shimbun A week after the above message, Matsuri ...

The dubious cost of sexual assault in Japan

| Nov 5, 2016

The dubious cost of sexual assault in Japan

Two recent domestic cases involving sexual assault illustrate just how far the land of the rising sun is from dealing with crimes against women. Many Americans expressed outrage when former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner was released from prison after spending three months behind ...

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. ...