Jake Adelstein latest to succumb to narcotics

Jake’s contribution to the debate starts with a Betteridge headline, and follows with his usual load of conspiracy theories and unnamed sources, and the occasional contradiction, such as:

She hasn’t been able to speak with the company directly because she has been in detention since her arrest.


Suspects are allowed one 20-minute visit per day, excluding their lawyer. 

These two statements are contradictory; Toyota may have decided not to send someone round to visit her, of course, but she is able to speak to the company while in detention.

Does anyone really believe that a high-paid executive of Toyota was smuggling oxycodone into Japan in an attempt to get high

Well, I could believe that, from what I know of oxy and that it seems to get handed out like sweeties in the USA.

The comments are quite, quite full of crazy, and I note that Mr Adelstein has taken to voting up some of the even more ridiculous conspiracy theories there.

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  1. Do I believe that people get addicted to addictive painkillers?

    Er…yes, yes I think I can believe that. I believe painkiller addiction may actually be a thing, given that it’s a thing. I believe that addicts might do stupid things to get hold of their fix. I think that’s not implausible.

    I can actually believe it’s possible that a defensive claim may have been made by someone along the lines of how things had been cleared with Toyota, hence police interest in what Toyota may have communicated to Hamp, hence the raid.

    In the end, it’s really not clear why the forces of darkness at the heart of Japan would want to cause such dramatic problems for one of their leading global companies. Surely the hivemind would have operated to hush this up, and have Hamp instead as some kind of token two-for-the-price-of-one symbol of internationalisation and gender equality. Or perhaps it’s one of those cases that no matter what happens, it can be spun into a story about the dark side.

    Fair enough, of course, that the detention rules and openness of the criminal justice system are problematic. But that’s for every case, not just this one.

    I have to say though, it’s funny to hear Jake appeal to the probity of members of the corporate executive class.

  2. Ken on another phone

    @VK: Jake has no problem imagining connections between the LDP, Zaitokukai and the Yakuza, but when it comes to the well-documented situation of middle-class, middle-age prescription drug abuse by non-Japanese, his powers of imagination just evaporate!

  3. Ken on another phone

    @VK: BTW, I am reliably informed that this blew up because The Powers That Be were disappointed with the low gaijin kill count by Toyota with their sudden acceleration and exploding airbags.

  4. Also, the most cursory of google searches suggests that Adelstein’s account of the Baker case is potentially wrong; the Belgian evidence was submitted but contradicted Baker’s account (in fact almost all of the evidence contradicted Baker’s account, apparnently).

  5. From the comments section. There are no words… Yes, the Jaoanese company was so conservative and risk-averse that they hired a foreign woman to handle PR for the head office. Sheesh.

    As I pointed out in my other comment, Japanese companies can be very tribal and factional, with many of these factions being extremely nationalistic and xenophobic. So, it is quite likely that either one of these factions inside Toyota, or someone influential with a nationalist and xenophobic agenda outside Toyota was out to get Julie Hamp. Clearly, they knew what a chilling effect such a high profile arrest would have on any other Japanese company contemplating bringing in outsiders into their management ranks (especially considering how conservative and risk-averse most Japanese companies are).

  6. Dedicated Whale Researcher

    LOL at not understanding that oxycodone is the Weed of rich white women.

    I never had much experience with it in the East Coast/Southern area where I lived in the US. But then I’d trip out to Cali to visit friends and family, and the stories of oxycodone-popping PTA moms flowed like Trader Joe’s (more catnip for white people) wine…

  7. Ken on another phone

    And she’s been released without being charged. Jake and Pesek will be disappointed!

  8. And Japan Times fails to mention that Ms Hamp didn’t have a prescription, and indeed tries its hardest to give the impression that she did. :headdesk:

  9. The Apologist

    Speculation on top of speculation on top of confirmation bias (‘We can reasonably assume the Japanese have done this because…because… well, just because that’s the way they are’).

    Someone should take Occam’s Razor to shave off the unkempt logic of the comments section.

    However, I am satisfied in my belief that any regular, neutral reader coming across this article and subsequent comments will immediately see that the followers are paranoid whackos and discount both the writer and the publication.

  10. Sadly, I don’t think that is the case at all. I think a lot of people will read articles and comments like that and find their existing prejudices confirmed (those existing prejudices having been fostered by a general tone of credulousness in the general media towards stories about crazy/racist/exceptional Japan).

    That is why people like Debito should not be given a platform to air their racist views.

  11. P.S. They ended up dropping the charges anyhow.

  12. Adelstein’s Angels — Tokyo Vice author and young women in Japan


    CJ is at it again

  13. I just like to pretend that CJ’s room consists of corkboards, one for each of his enemies full of scrawled diagrams like a coked-up football coach’s playbook trying to CONNECT THE DOTS MAN. IT ALL CONNECTS. Like a really petty Syriana.

  14. Is Aki-Baki Sr CJ? Either way, I look forward to following those links. One of the things that troubled me about the Vice documentary – and the reason I linked to it on here (in a comment in another thread), was the way the Vice reporter went all BrassEye when he spent an hour with some maid; he said something like, ‘Nothing happened, but it *could* have and I never felt so seedy so I had to leave early and if I hadn’t the whole thing probably *would* have ended up as child sex!’

    I mean, it is literally the ‘it’s as easy as that!’ line from the Brasseye sex special.

    But the broader problem I have with this is the same that I outline above: this is a report by a media outlet that has an established reputation for truth and reliability, exaggerating an actual (I presume, but really, who knows?) problem, and because it plays up to existing stereotypes about Japan being crazy and especially weird about sex, many readers/viewers are not going to question this account. And so these damaging stereotypes persist. It is just irresponsible.

  15. Here’s how this went down.

    Meiji Gakuin grad Nito-san (former Shibuya street girl who joined NGO in Philippines) contacts Asahi. She charges them 6000 yen for a “nocturnal tour” along with academics, politicians, students. Asahi does this:



    Japan Times reporter Tomohiro Osaki reads Asahi, does this:


    Osaki, a Sofia U grad, is kohai lackeyboy of Jake Adelstein, also Sofia U grad (along with JT chief Sayuri Daimon, JT writer Dave McNeill, and their favorite anti-Abe source Koichi Nakano).

    Osaki had done this piece hyping Jake’s movie Tokyo Vice.


    Jake wants to do VICE piece to hype himself and his book Tokyo Vice, and because people are accusing him of partaking of the illegal sex trade.

    Jake pitches it to VICE, who send out their ace war reporter Simon Ostrovsky, who has just been kicked out of Russia.

    So Osaki tells Jake to contact Nito at Colabo.

    Note that Osaki’s story quotes “Momo” a suicidal schizophrenic girl who became a fortune teller in Akihabara.


    So, VICE pays Nito 6000 yen for the tour, and she takes them to “Momo”, the schizophrenic girl who tried to overdose.

    VICE claims they got her “consent”, but she doesn’t realize she’s going to become world famous face for underage sex in Japan.

    VICE also somehow tricks “Akishibu Project” band member into doing an interview with them. She probably thinks a gaijin journalist-o is going to promote her band, which isn’t big in Japan yet — only a few hundred hits on youtube.

    Daily Mail and even New York Times pick up the story and hype it, talking about “protection of children”. They run a photo of the Akishibu Project girl under the headline, making her look like a child sex worker.

    Result: “Momo” might become suicidal again after seeing herself on this world famous video, and reputations of Akishibu Project girls ruined by Jake, VICE and New York Times.

    If they don’t kill themselves, they always have an alternative: the sex trade and/or porn industry.

  16. I am sure there is an underage sex problem in Tokyo, especially with runaway girls. I daresay there are probably a lot of runaway boys who fall into trouble as well, but they are not going to talk about that.

    Adelstein actually touches on an interesting point re the lack of infrastructure for runaways, which would be interesting to investigate. But that is not really salacious enough, so they stick with the narrative of Japan as weird sex place.

    Also the live show he went and watched was held in the morning, which obviously does not quite mesh with the seedy image people have of those events. To me this is just more of the same mediocre journalism we see from most foreign journalists. Touch on some interesting things, but stick to the sex angle. But I am sure people loved it over at Vice.

  17. Censored again by the Japan Times. Original comment (at the time the highest upvoted comment):


    I think I am in a position to compare myself to Debito Arudou, as I also was born and raised in America and moved to Japan post-university and acquired Japanese nationality and relinquished U.S. citizenship — exactly his situation. And I agree with def ‘s comparison and explanation, as well as many others I know with a “naturalized born in America now Japanese national” background.

    I think most hāfu (and naturalized Japanese) are bothered more by Debito Arudou attempting to hold a flag on our behalf — “think of the children”? Uh, work on raising your own kids properly before you attempt to speak on behalf of others’ kids, pal. Based on his writings on the blog advertised in the footer — he needs to work on this.

    My children certainly do not want him speaking or acting on their behalf. And I know they are not alone. In fact, I suspect that Arudou’s own children don’t want him fighting their battles — real or imagined inside his head.

  18. Steve Jackman on top form as ever though: “What happened in this instance is an excellent example of how countries like Canada and the U.S. successfully integrate these immigrants by teaching them about liberal Western values and about the types of behaviors that are unacceptable in their new countries.”

  19. Is it really such a big deal to ask about someone’s ancestry/family background?

    Can someone talk me through why this is a thing?

  20. @Taurus:

    Pretty sure “Steve Jackson” is not a single person; a group controls the account for the lulz. That is how “he” can be so prolific regarding commenting, and how the style can sometimes fluctuate from being “Fight Back”-ish over-the-top obsequious to just America-good-Japan-bad angry.

  21. Ken on another phone

    @havill: Sometimes, I find Steve not just cute, but downright sweetandloveable.

    PS: I’ll have an article up tonight on this matter.

  22. @Ken on another phone: Heh, I was starting to think a similar thing. Sometimes, it’s almost like “he” personally eye-witnessed the whole bank incident.

  23. @Ken on another phone: While you’re at it, Ken, there’s some garbage a little up the thread that needs to be taken out.

  24. @Ken on another phone: Actually I thought that was blondeintokyo.

    Then again, perhaps not – blondeintokyo does not use enough exclamation marks, nor write like she is channeling Moon Unit Zappa.

  25. Some people genuinely are mad like this. I think your credulity needs to be a little more elastic. The English-teaching fringes of my Facebook feed are like a Victorian freak show.


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