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    Description"A fascinating look at some fascinating people who show how democracy advances hand in hand with crime in Japan."--Mario Puzo In this unorthodox chronicle of the rise of Japan, Inc., Robert Whiting, author of You Gotta Have Wa, gives us a fresh perspective on the economic miracle and near disaster that is modern Japan. Through the eyes of Nick Zappetti, a former GI, former black marketer, failed professional wrestler, bungling diamond thief who turned himself into "the Mafia boss of Tokyo and the king of Rappongi," we meet the players and the losers in the high-stakes game of postwar finance, politics, and criminal corruption in which he thrived. Here's the story of the Imperial Hotel diamond robbers, who attempted (and may have accomplished) the biggest heist in Tokyo's history. Here is Rikidozan, the professional wrestler who almost single-handedly revived Japanese pride, but whose own ethnicity had to be kept secret. And here is the story of the intimate relationships shared by Japan's ruling party, its financial combines, its ruthless criminal gangs, the CIA, American Big Business, and perhaps at least one presidential relative. Here is the underside of postwar Japan, which is only now coming to light.


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    Title
    Tokyo Underworld: the Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Whiting
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 372
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780375724893
    ISBN 10: 0375724893
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC E4L: CRI
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 364.1092
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.3
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPJ
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    BIC subject category V2: JKVM
    Ingram Theme: CULT/JAPANS
    BISAC V2.8: TRU000000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET110
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/JAPANS
    BISAC V2.8: POL011000, BIO024000, HIS021000
    LC subject heading:
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    Thema V1.0: JKVM
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    facsimiles, portraits
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Vintage Books
    Publication date
    01 May 2001
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Robert Whiting lives in Tokyo.
    Review quote
    "Excellent--. An irreverent, subversive and entertaining yarn that enlightens readers about important aspects of Japanese history and the shadowy world of power."--"The Japan Times" "[Tokyo Underworld] is an entertaining book that is far more than an entertainment."--"Washington City Paper"
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    "A fascinating look at some fascinating people who show how democracy advances hand in hand with crime in Japan."--Mario Puzo In this unorthodox chronicle of the rise of Japan, Inc., Robert Whiting, author of You Gotta Have Wa, gives us a fresh perspective on the economic miracle and near disaster that is modern Japan. Through the eyes of Nick Zappetti, a former GI, former black marketer, failed professional wrestler, bungling diamond thief who turned himself into "the Mafia boss of Tokyo and the king of Rappongi," we meet the players and the losers in the high-stakes game of postwar finance, politics, and criminal corruption in which he thrived. Here's the story of the Imperial Hotel diamond robbers, who attempted (and may have accomplished) the biggest heist in Tokyo's history. Here is Rikidozan, the professional wrestler who almost single-handedly revived Japanese pride, but whose own ethnicity had to be kept secret. And here is the story of the intimate relationships shared by Japan's ruling party, its financial combines, its ruthless criminal gangs, the CIA, American Big Business, and perhaps at least one presidential relative. Here is the underside of postwar Japan, which is only now coming to light.