10 episodes

What if someone close to you just … vanished one day? That happens to tens of thousands of families a year in Japan, and it happened to Jake Adelstein, too, back in 2018 — when his accountant disappeared, just before tax day. Adelstein, the author of Tokyo Vice, and co-host Shoko Plambeck go in search of that missing accountant, and take us on a journey into the fascinating and bizarre world of Japan’s johatsu, or “evaporated” people.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 243 Ratings

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What if someone close to you just … vanished one day? That happens to tens of thousands of families a year in Japan, and it happened to Jake Adelstein, too, back in 2018 — when his accountant disappeared, just before tax day. Adelstein, the author of Tokyo Vice, and co-host Shoko Plambeck go in search of that missing accountant, and take us on a journey into the fascinating and bizarre world of Japan’s johatsu, or “evaporated” people.

A Campside Media & Sony Music Entertainment production.

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    Episode 1: The Missing Accountant

    Episode 1: The Missing Accountant

    Morimoto is Jake’s trusted accountant and friend.  So when Steve and Becky need an accountant, Jake is more than happy to recommend Morimoto. But as time goes on, Steve and Becky start to realize their new accountant might be hiding something. Just when the truth starts to show itself, Morimoto…evaporates.



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    • 52 min
    Episode 2: Queen of the Night Movers

    Episode 2: Queen of the Night Movers

    Jake and Shoko aren’t meeting the CEO of your average moving company.  This is Miho Saita, the owner of a yonige–or, night moving–company. Night fleeing, to be precise.



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    • 48 min
    Episode 3: Sugimoto! You Bastard!

    Episode 3: Sugimoto! You Bastard!

    Sugimoto-san is a driver for Saita-san’s yonige company. But he’s also a former client. Who built a huge golf course … and got in way over his head.



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    • 49 min
    Episode 4: Pay or Sink

    Episode 4: Pay or Sink

    Morimoto’s former boss tried to do him a favor, and got into a whole lot of trouble instead. We're talking about angry yakuza clients and charges to his credit card from sugar daddy websites. No sign of Morimoto since.



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    • 37 min
    Episode 5: Vanishing By The Book

    Episode 5: Vanishing By The Book

    Japan has some very strange –and dark– instructional manuals. Some of them can help you vanish…or commit the perfect crime.





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    • 54 min
    Episode 6: Sakura Sachiko Does Not Exist

    Episode 6: Sakura Sachiko Does Not Exist

    Jake and Shoko leave Tokyo to go to a big-shot detective school in Sapporo. They learn how to solve missing persons cases — from some of the best detectives in Japan.



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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
243 Ratings

243 Ratings

A.strantia ,

The question now is:

Will there be more? It was been by far one of the best podcasts I have listened to in a long time.

shanghaishaman ,

Fascinating tastefully done

Very interesting exposition of the dark underbelly of the Japanese culture and psyche. Haunting and disturbing at times, but respectful and tastefully done.

emmteeemm ,

Japanese culture

I love to learn about culture, and this podcast does a wonderful, nuanced job shining a light on the heartbreaking way Japanese people cope with shame. I especially enjoyed when the hosts enrolled in detective school, so good!

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