Jake Adelstein has been a journalist in Japan since 1993, covering a wide range of stories: from Japanese subculture, to social issues, and even Japan’s mafia, the yakuza. He recently co-authored a book, Pay the Devil in Bitcoin, which tells the story behind the collapse of popular cryptocurrency exchange, Mt. Gox.
In this interview, we speak to Adelstein to get the inside scoop on the writing of the book, his thoughts on the case against Mark Karpelès and his views on cryptocurrency.
You and co-author Nathalie Stucky were roped into this story when you were sent internal documents pertaining to the Mt. Gox implosion by an anonymous source. What was it like writing a book that drew you into a detective tale of this level of involvement?
For a number of reasons, I suspect the…