My writing is atrocious, you are forewarned. And if this needs to be moved, by all means do.
He kinda looks like a Jewish CoCo. Maybe...
Tokyo Vice is an interesting and insightful read into Japan's subculture of drugs, prostitution, and the yakuza. Written by Jake Adelstein, a Jewish-American citizen who was hired by the Yomiuri Shimbun (the biggest newspaper in Japan) and who worked for them for more than a decade. Adelstein takes us into his police beat covering dog breeding serial killers, Japan's sex industry, and yakuza crime bosses.
Between the main story of how he became a journalist in Japan and being threatened by a yakuza crime boss, there's plenty of looks into Japan's society. I found the particular bits of hostess and host clubs interesting, as that seems to be going on more and more in America as well, not clubs, but the services. Mainly host/hostess clubs sell services that equate to giving affection and intimacy, or GFE, the girlfriend experience. Customers who frequent such places are usually looking to stave off loneliness, or to find someone who will listen. You might say hosts are part friend, therapist, psychologist while looking good and lavishing attention on you. But it's an unstated fact that when your money runs out, so does the service.
Insights like that were where I had the most fun. Adelstein, being a journalist gives us a look into places of Japan we normally could not see. His workings with the police and yakuza were also very informative and had me feeling very lucky at times to be living in America. If your a bit of a Japonophile, or you like learning about the underbellies of some cultures this will be a great read for you.