When tackling a new job or task, many of us have probably felt like Jake Adelstein, the central character in new drama Tokyo Vice.
“The truth is, I don’t know what I’m doing,” he claims during an early episode.
The thing is, that while it’s a feeling we’ve probably all experienced, few of us have been trying to expose the machinations of the yakuza while working for a Japanese publication at the time.
But that’s the position the real Adelstein found himself in when he became the first non-Japanese reporter for Yomiuri Shimbun, one of the country’s biggest newspapers. He must have done alright, because he was employed there for 12 years before writing the memoir Tokyo Vice, in which he detailed his experiences.
The book was very well received, and the only mystery is why it took so long for it to be adapted for the screen.
Earlier this year, the eagerly awaited series made…