There are several reasons why I like Jake Adelstein. He always brings cool omiyage. He has a contagious laugh. He’s also the only person I know who has the balls and the connections to solicit three yakuza bosses to play a video game about the yakuza and evaluate it for a story.
Please read this hilarious, insightful special Boing Boing feature in which Jake joins three yakuza as they play Yakuza 3, Sega’s popular action game.
It’s a Thursday afternoon in Tokyo, and I’m sitting in the reception area of a real estate rental agency playing a video game. The real estate agency is actually a front company for the yakuza — the reception area doubles as a mini mob office, and on the same floor are the living quarters for young yakuza in training. The young yakuza come in and out of the room on occasion to empty the ashtrays and pour us tea. A security camera gazes down at us from the door.
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