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Tokyo Confidential: Titillating Tales From Japan's Wild Weeklies Paperback – April 26, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 259 pages
  • Publisher: The East Publications (April 26, 2001)
  • ISBN-10: 4915645193
  • ISBN-13: 978-4915645198
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,101,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chronicling the post-bubble years, "Tokyo Confidential" is a showcase of the best of the weeklies' tabloid-style investigative reporting. -- Daily Yomiuri, July 29, 2001

Funny, juicy and highly instructive, the stories are a great guilty pleasure--just like the weeklies themselves. -- The East magazine, May 2001

About the Author

The editor/coauthor is an American who makes his home in Tokyo. He has worked as a free-lance journalist and translator, as well as in such fields as retailing, advertising, and market research. He is author of "Shocking Crimes of Postwar Japan" (Yen Books, 1996) and "The Dark Side: Infamous Japanese Crimes and Criminals" (Kodansha International, 2001)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. CHOI on October 3, 2003
I read the book in one sitting after I got it in the mail. The stories are gathered from the sensational sections of various Japanese daily newspapers. There are stories about mothers who sexually satisfy their sons so the sons will focus on schoolwork, insurance sales ladies that have sex with clients so they can meet their monthly quotas of sales, etc., This book shows that Japan has nuts - albeit of a different flavor - just like the rest of the world.
A guilty pleasure to read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 2002
As one of the gee-whiz, rocket eyebrow types who has lived in Japan nearly 20 years, I really appreciated Schreiber and his cohorts explaining what is going on with Japanese high school girls and their thigh-high uniform skirts, compensated dating, etc. There's lots more in this book than that, certainly, as the various seedier and "oh my!" parts of (mainly) Tokyo are parsed from the vernacular tabloids by these witty and perhaps *too* informed writers. They translate not only the words, but the titillating currents that buffet the "impenetrable" Japanese people and help give this society some of its excitement and spice. Thanks, Mark et.al, for opening up the bamboo curtain a whole lot wider!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jim Richards on March 20, 2004
This collection of magazine articles, translated and re-written in English come from the Mainichi Daily News, who have sourced them from Japan's weekly tabloid magazines. Each article exposes a truth about Japan that most would be surprised to hear. Stories about old age people and their sex lives, schoolgirls and their "compensated dating," or selling their used underwear. About Tax Officials and exclusive hostess clubs, stay at home loners and bored housewives, of corruption, perversion and down right weirdness.
This is the real Japan. Not the Japan of Kyoto, Geisha or high-tech, but of real people and their perversions. It is a highly entertaining read.
Although now a little dated, they all ring true and are all still happening somewhere in the Land of the Rising Sun.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 2002
Forget kimonos, samurai and ninja. Find out what"s really happening on the streets of the Land of the Rising Sun. A fantastic book that digs deep into a land with an underbelly as big as its sumo wrestlers. A must read for anybody interested in a no-holds-barred look at the REAL Japan.
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