True Crime Japan

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True Crime Japan

True Crime Japan

Thieves, Rascals, Killers and Dope Heads: True Stories From a Japanese Courtroom

  • Author: Paul Murphy
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • ISBN: 1462918972
  • Category: True Crime
  • Page: 256
  • View: 9384
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A middle-aged carpenter beats his 91-year old mother to death and goes to work the following day, leaving the body for his wife to find. An 82-year old woman is jailed for 10 months for stealing fried chicken. Like nearly all defendants in Japan, they both plead guilty. What happens between plea and sentencing is the subject of True Crime Japan. In this fascinating crime book journalist and longtime Japan resident Paul Murphy provides a glimpse of Japanese society through a year's worth of criminal court cases in Matsumoto, a city 140 miles to the west of Tokyo. The defendants in these cases range from ruthless mobsters to average citizens, often committing similar crimes in rather different ways, and for different reasons. Based on court hearings and interviews with the defendants, their families, neighbors and lawyers—Murphy explores not only the motives of offenders but the culture of crime and punishment in Japan. The resulting true crime book provides a lens through which to view this honor-shame based, conformist culture, and shows how, in its role within that culture, the court system reveals Japan to be, surprisingly to some, a land of true individuals.

Law and Justice in Japanese Popular Culture

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Law and Justice in Japanese Popular Culture

Law and Justice in Japanese Popular Culture

From Crime Fighting Robots to Duelling Pocket Monsters

  • Author: Ashley Pearson,Thomas Giddens,Kieran Tranter
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351470507
  • Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Page: 276
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In a world of globalised media, Japanese popular culture has become a signifi cant fountainhead for images, narrative, artefacts, and identity. From Pikachu, to instantly identifi able manga memes, to the darkness of adult anime, and the hyper- consumerism of product tie- ins, Japan has bequeathed to a globalised world a rich variety of ways to imagine, communicate, and interrogate tradition and change, the self, and the technological future. Within these foci, questions of law have often not been far from the surface: the crime and justice of Astro Boy; the property and contract of Pokémon; the ecological justice of Nausicaä; Shinto’s focus on order and balance; and the anxieties of origins in J- horror. This volume brings together a range of global scholars to refl ect on and critically engage with the place of law and justice in Japan’s popular cultural legacy. It explores not only the global impact of this legacy, but what the images, games, narratives, and artefacts that comprise it reveal about law, humanity, justice, and authority in the twenty-first century.

The Rough Guide to Japan (Travel Guide eBook)

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The Rough Guide to Japan (Travel Guide eBook)

The Rough Guide to Japan (Travel Guide eBook)

  • Author: Rough Guides
  • Publisher: Rough Guides UK
  • ISBN: 0241326109
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 880
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Explore Japan with the smartest and shrewdest guidebook on the market. Fully updated and expanded, this stunningly illustrated travel guide brings you superb coverage of all the country's unmissable experiences, from staying in a cosy ryokan and soaking in an onsen bath to climbing snow-capped Mount Fuji and watching a titanic bout of sumo. Get up-to-the minute tips on contemporary Japan, from Kyoto's burgeoning street-food scene to Tokyo's up-and-coming hipster hubs, and read expert background on everything from anime to Zen. Packed with advice on all the best places to eat, sleep, drink and party - on every budget - this new edition of The Rough Guide to Japan covers Japan with our trademark mix of candour, insight and practical advice. Full colour maps and Japanese characters are given throughout to help navigate this bewildering and bewitching country. Make the most of your trip with The Rough Guide to Japan. Winner of the Top Guidebook Series in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards 2017.

Crime in Japan

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Crime in Japan

Crime in Japan

Paradise Lost?

  • Author: D. Leonardsen
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 0230290310
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 248
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Japan is often described as an inclusive society, and yet the media reports record highs in crime and suicide figures. This book examines criminal justice in Japan, and questions whether Japan really is facing social malaise, or if the media are simply creating a 'moral panic'.

Tokyo Vice

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Tokyo Vice

Tokyo Vice

  • Author: Jake Adelstein
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1849016224
  • Category: True Crime
  • Page: 400
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From the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police press club: a unique, firsthand, revelatory look at Japanese culture from the underbelly up. At nineteen, Jake Adelstein went to Japan in search of peace and tranquility. What he got was a life of crime . . . crime reporting, that is, at the prestigious Yomiuri Shinbun. For twelve years of eighty-hour workweeks, he covered the seedy side of Japan, where extortion, murder, human trafficking, and corruption are as familiar as ramen noodles and sake. But when his final scoop brought him face to face with Japan's most infamous yakuza boss-and the threat of death for him and his family-Adelstein decided to step down . . . momentarily. Then, he fought back. In Tokyo Vice, Adelstein tells the riveting, often humorous tale of his journey from an inexperienced cub reporter-who made rookie mistakes like getting into a martial-arts battle with a senior editor-to a daring, investigative journalist with a price on his head. With its vivid, visceral descriptions of crime in Japan and an exploration of the world of modern-day yakuza that even few Japanese ever see, Tokyo Vice is a deeply thought-provoking book: equal parts cultural exposé, true crime, and hard-boiled noir.

The Public Interest on Crime and Punishment

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The Public Interest on Crime and Punishment

The Public Interest on Crime and Punishment

  • Author: Nathan Glazer
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Crime
  • Page: 282
  • View: 8746
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PEOPLE True Crime Stories

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PEOPLE True Crime Stories

PEOPLE True Crime Stories

PEOPLE Magazine presents Cults

  • Author: The Editors of PEOPLE
  • Publisher: Time Home Entertainment
  • ISBN: 1547845813
  • Category: True Crime
  • Page: 96
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The Editors of PEOPLE Magazine present True Crime: Cults.

The Last Yakuza

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The Last Yakuza

The Last Yakuza

A Life in the Japanese Underworld

  • Author: Jake Adelstein
  • Publisher: Pantheon
  • ISBN: 0307908399
  • Category: True Crime
  • Page: 336
  • View: 2366
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A riveting, behind-the-scenes look at the life and times of yakuza mob boss Makoto Saigo, aka Tsunami, by America’s foremost expert on Japanese organized crime. Makoto Saigo could have been a rock star. Instead he became a yakuza. Born in Japan, but the son of an American-born Japanese woman—who moved back to Japan to avoid internment camps—Saigo was never a typical Japanese boy. As a child, other children referred to him as “a damn American,” or simply a “non-person.” He was always an outsider, but as a teenager in 1970s Tokyo he found his tribe in Japan’s notorious motorcycle gangs—the Bōsōzuko. His life was full of speed, whether synthetically through crystal meth, mechanically from the engine of his bike, or rhythmically as he played guitar for Japan pioneering punk-rock group Gedo. But a chance encounter—and perhaps a bit too much lust for life that kept leading him to Toyko’s notorious red light district—placed him on a different path of becoming a boss in the Inagawa-kai, the country’s third largest organized-crime group. Full of swordfights, gun battles, finger amputation, rock ‘n’ roll, financial crimes, gang wars, tattoos, and personal vendettas, Saigo’s story is one of a kind. But it is not the only story told here. The Last Yakuza also tells the history of the yakuza since World War II, and explains how the yakuza became so entrenched in Japan. Saigo’s life is the axis around which tales of yakuza life and their role in Japanese society are told. It is the story of one yakuza boss—not a good man, but a man with a code of honor—and the history of the rise and fall of Japan’s underworld as it is almost literally tattooed on his body and charted by his missing finger. (With 8 pages of black-and-white illustrations.) From the Hardcover edition.

Policing in Japan

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Policing in Japan

Policing in Japan

A Study on Making Crime

  • Author: Setsuo Miyazawa,Frank G. Bennett
  • Publisher: SUNY Press
  • ISBN: 9780791408919
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 267
  • View: 1893
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An observational study of the Japanese detective.

Strange But True Stories from Japan

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Strange But True Stories from Japan

Strange But True Stories from Japan

  • Author: Jack Seward
  • Publisher: Tuttle Pub
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 240
  • View: 933
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This collection of bizarre and fascinating true tales from Japan includes the infamous story of the woman who strangled and emasculated her lover - the basis for the classic film In the Realm of the Senses. These and other amazing tales are sure to startle even the most jaded of readers.