Episode 011: Edward Shaw – The FBI in Japan, Fugitives and Dinosaur Fossils


Retired Special Agent Edward Shaw served 25 years with the FBI. Ed is fluent in Japanese and was appointed as the Assistant Legal Attaché (ALAT) in Tokyo, Japan from 1999 to 2004 and promoted to the Legal Attaché (LEGAT) from 2009 to 2012.  In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Ed talks about two cases he worked while in Japan. One focused on the capture of an American fugitive who had fled to Taiwan after murdering his wife in Vermont and the other involved the investigation of the theft of an Allosaurus dinosaur fossil illegally exported from the U.S. Each of these cases shows from beginning to end what a Legat does when handling the overseas aspect of an international FBI investigation. Ed’s blog Tokyo2020OlympicsSecurity.com provides insight in to how Japanese intelligence and law enforcement departments and security agencies handle terrorism investigations as they prepare to host the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. His most recent post comparing gun laws in Japan and with gun laws in the United States was quite thought-provoking.

Special Agent

Edward Shaw

4/3/1989 – 2/28/2014








The following are news articles containing more details about the two investigations Ed discussed during his about his assignments with the FBI in Japan:

Kimmick Will Return To Face Murder Charge

The Case of the Missing Dinosaur – How We Put the Pieces Together

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Ed as a new agent graduating from the FBI Academy receiving his credentials from Attorney General Dick Thornburgh and FBI Director Sessions.










Ed at the academy opening his letter assigning him to his first office.













Ed taught US law to Osaka International crime detective unit.









Ed with Mie Prefecture Police executives who invited him to make a presentation on US Criminal Investigations to Mie police officers – Dec, 2001.











Mie Prefecture police officers mesmerized with interest during one of Ed’s presentations.












Patch for Japanese Police Assault team








Ed conducting a seminar for Japanese police officers in Yokkaichi City (means city with the market on the fourth day).









This is the cover of a book written by Shinsaku Yamada, a Japanese fighter pilot from WWII who bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. He was 19 and the youngest pilot to participate in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Ed enjoyed a 2 hour talk with him in the 1980’s.



















Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.

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