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    BBC, Yomiuri etc.: LDP now pushing revisionistic, jingoistic and militaristic agenda from above and below, with “Return of Sovereignty Day”, booths at Niconico Douga geek festival

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 30th April 2013

    You have to hand it to zealots in political power for their singlemindedness and clarity of message. The extreme-right leaders of the LDP are pursuing their agenda with messianistic fervor from both above and below, opening booths and putting in Prime Ministerial appearances at online geek festivals, and even enlisting the Emperor to push an overtly-politicized agenda of historical revisionism.

    BBC: Japan has for the first time marked the anniversary of the end of the allied occupation, which followed its defeat in World War II. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the “restoration of sovereignty day” would give Japan hope for the future and help it become “strong and resolute”. The event is seen as part of Mr Abe’s nationalist campaign. He is also pushing for a revision of Japan’s pacifist constitution to ease tight restrictions on the armed forces… “I want to make this a day when we can renew our sense of hope and determination for the future,” the 58-year-old said in front of officials gathered in Tokyo. “We have a responsibility to make Japan a strong and resolute country that others across the world can rely on,” he said.

    Yomiuri: Also behind the government’s decision to sponsor the ceremony is the perceived threat to the nation’s sovereignty, as well as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s pursuit of constitutional revision, observers said. Takeshi Noda, chairman of the LDP Research Commission on the Tax System… He believes it is necessary to give the people an opportunity to ponder why the nation lost its sovereignty by considering as a set the April 28 anniversary of the restoration of independence and the Aug. 15 anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II, the day the nation announced its acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration. He calls the Aug. 15 anniversary “the day of humiliation for losing [the nation’s] sovereignty.”… Abe … delivered a video message, saying: “[The nation’s] failure to thoroughly review the Occupation period right after sovereignty was restored has left serious problems. The next [task for us] is [to revise] the Constitution.”

    Yomiuri then suddenly opines: Yet the nation’s territory and sovereign power have been threatened daily. China’s maritime surveillance ships have repeatedly intruded into Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture. Meanwhile, the Takeshima islands have been illegally occupied by South Korea, and Russia has been intensifying its effective control over the northern territories off Hokkaido. The current situation, in which the nation’s sovereignty is in unprecedented danger, also appears to have fueled Abe’s desire to hold the latest ceremony.

    Comment: An even bigger surprise was that PM Abe found the time to put in an appearance at a local geek festival, sponsored by Internet snakepit of bullies and right-winger refuge 2-Channel’s corporate body, Niconico Douga a few days ago! Submitter JJS comments: “Wanted to point your attention to this as it seems like one of those things that will be passed up, glossed over, or completely go unseen by most people. I guess NicoNico video held some type of ‘Big Conference’ called 「ニコニコ超会議2」. It appears at first to be some gathering for tech-heads and geek culture of all kinds. But scroll down a bit to the section 自衛隊や在日米軍、各政党も参加 and you’ll see that Abe came to participate…essentially campaigning at the event. Nico Nico played a big role in one of the debates he proposed be put online, live. But to outright be campaigning at this event seems out of the norm and certainly a bending of the rules. Even more disturbing is the show of military hardware with tie-ins to cute “moe” characters, etc. There is something rotten in Nagatacho and it all seems to be going ‘according to plan.'”

    Quite. The zealots leading the LDP have melded nationalism, militarism, and naked political ambition. Something wicked is not only this way coming, it is already here. If the LDP gets its way and converts this tone of agenda into real public policy, Japan is heading for remilitarization all over again

    Posted in Cultural Issue, Hate Speech and Xenophobia, 2ちゃんねる, Japanese Politics, Media, 日本語 | 46 Comments »

    Wash Post: US teacher in Japan under attack from Internet bullies for lessons on Japan’s history of racial discrimination

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 22nd February 2013

    Wash Post: Miki Dezaki, who first arrived in Japan on a teacher exchange program in 2007, wanted to learn about the nation that his parents had once called home. He taught English, explored the country and affectionately chronicled his cross-cultural adventures on social media, most recently on YouTube, where he gained a small following for videos like “Hitchhiking Okinawa” and the truly cringe-worthy “What Americans think of Japan.” One of them, on the experience of being gay in Japan, attracted 75,000 views and dozens of thoughtful comments.

    Dezaki didn’t think the reaction to his latest video was going to be any different, but he was wrong. “If I should have anticipated something, I should have anticipated the netouyu,” [sic] he told me, referring to the informal army of young, hyper-nationalist Japanese Web users who tend to descend on any article — or person — they perceive as critical of Japan. But before the netouyu put Dezaki in their crosshairs, sending him death threats and hounding his employers, previous employers and even the local politicians who oversee his employers, there was just a teacher and his students…

    COMMENT: Miki Dezaki contacted me last week for some advice about how to deal with this (I watched the abovementioned video on “Racism in Japan” and found it to be a valuable teaching aid, especially since it reconnected me with “Eye of the Storm”, the original of which I saw in grade school four decades ago); the only major problem I have with it is that it neglects to mention current stripes of racism against immigrants and Visible Minorities in Japan), and told him to stand his ground. Now the “Netouyo” (Netto Uyoku, or Internet Right-Wing, misspelled throughout the article above) have stepped up their pressure and attacks on him, and authorities aren’t being courageous enough to stand up to them. Now that his issue has been published in the Washington Post, I can quote this article and let that represent the debate.

    The focus of the debate is this: a perpetual weak spot regarding bullying in Japanese society. We have loud invisible complainants cloaked by the Internet, who can espouse hateful sentiments against people and shout down historical and current social problems, and they aren’t simply ignored and seen as the cowards they are: anonymous bullies who lack the strength of their convictions to appear in public and take responsibility for their comments and death threats. People in authority must learn to ignore them, for these gnats only get further emboldened by any attention and success they receive. The implicit irony in all of this is that they take advantage of the right to “freedom of speech” to try and deny the same rights to those they merely disagree with. I hope that sense prevails and the debate is allowed to proceed and videos stay up. Miki has done admirable work making all this information (including translations into Japanese) on uncomfortable truths accessible to a Japanese audience. Bravo, Miki. Stand your ground. Readers, please lend your support.

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Bad Social Science, Education, Hate Speech and Xenophobia, History, Human Rights, Ironies & Hypocrisies, 2ちゃんねる, Japanese Government, NJ voices ignored, discounted & discredited, 日本語 | 34 Comments »

    NYT: “New Dissent in Japan Is Loudly Anti-Foreign”

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 1st September 2010

    NYT: The [xenophobic] protests also signaled the emergence here of a new type of ultranationalist group. The groups are openly anti-foreign in their message, and unafraid to win attention by holding unruly street demonstrations.

    Since first appearing last year, their protests have been directed at not only Japan’s half million ethnic Koreans, but also Chinese and other Asian workers, Christian churchgoers and even Westerners in Halloween costumes. In the latter case, a few dozen angrily shouting demonstrators followed around revelers waving placards that said, “This is not a white country.”

    Local news media have dubbed these groups the Net far right, because they are loosely organized via the Internet, and gather together only for demonstrations. At other times, they are a virtual community that maintains its own Web sites to announce the times and places of protests, swap information and post video recordings of their demonstrations.

    While these groups remain a small if noisy fringe element here, they have won growing attention as an alarming side effect of Japan’s long economic and political decline. Most of their members appear to be young men, many of whom hold the low-paying part-time or contract jobs that have proliferated in Japan in recent years.

    Though some here compare these groups to neo-Nazis, sociologists say that they are different because they lack an aggressive ideology of racial supremacy, and have so far been careful to draw the line at violence. There have been no reports of injuries, or violence beyond pushing and shouting. Rather, the Net right’s main purpose seems to be venting frustration, both about Japan’s diminished stature and in their own personal economic difficulties…

    Posted in Hate Speech and Xenophobia, 2ちゃんねる | 8 Comments »

    Mainichi: Supreme Court defamation ruling sounds warning bell over online responsibility

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 3rd April 2010

    Take that, 2-Channel. Mainichi: Just because a piece of information is published on the Internet, viewers do not necessarily deem it to be of low credibility. So ruled the Supreme Court recently in a defamation suit in which a man was accused of slandering a restaurant operator on his own Web site, saying that the company was affiliated with a cult.

    The top’s court’s ruling secures a guilty verdict that ordered the man to pay 300,000 yen in compensation. It was the first ruling to confirm that the conditions for establishing defamation were not relaxed on the Internet.

    Considering that people are often slandered, have their privacy violated, and sometimes even suffer human rights violations on the Internet — where users can post comments anonymously — the Supreme Court’s decision can be deemed appropriate.

    Posted in Human Rights, Injustice, 2ちゃんねる, 日本語 | 5 Comments »

    Weekend Tangent: 2-Channel BBS downed by Korean cyberhackers

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 6th March 2010

    As a Weekend Tangent, we have the lair of bullies and libelers, Internet BBS “2-Channel”, getting something back for their nastiness — a hack attack taking them down. Sometimes when legal channels are ineffective to stop illegal activity (such as libel), there is no choice but to use extralegal means, as the Koreans did below. Compare it with the Right-Wing J sound trucks that went after Brazilians at Homi Danchi, and got firebombed for their trouble. Couldn’t have happened to nicer people, even though the big, big fish, Nishimura, has long since jumped ship. Here’s hoping the Internet nits are stupid enough to attack some real domestic powers and finally have some laws against their activities created. More of my opinions about 2-Channel here.’s complete archive here.

    Posted in 2ちゃんねる, Shoe on the Other Foot Dept., Tangents | 5 Comments »

    Yomiuri: NPA finally cracking down on Internet BBS threats and defamation

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 1st April 2009

    Yomiuri: Police on Friday sent papers to prosecutors on six people suspected of defaming or threatening to physically harm comedian Smiley Kikuchi in messages they posted on his blog after groundlessly concluding he was involved in the murder of a high school girl in 1989…

    It is the first time a case has been built simultaneously against multiple flamers over mass attacks on a blog. The police’s reaction represents a strong warning against making online comments that cross the line from freedom of expression to defamation or threats.

    COMMENT: Now if only Japan’s police would only enforce past pertinent Civil Court decisions…

    Posted in 2ちゃんねる, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Media | 3 Comments »

    NYT on “The Trolls among us” and measures against trollery

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 7th February 2009

    Here’s an excerpt of an excellent (if overlong) article from the NYT about Internet trolls, the world they inhabit, and the logical games they employ. For many, this will be a rude awakening, for if they tried to deal with trolls like this reasonably (when trolls had no intention of ever being reasonable) or (heaven forbid) empathize with them, this is what they got for their trouble. For the trolls themselves, it’ll be more like, “WTF, it’s your own fault for ever taking us seriously! What took you so long to figure us out?” It’s a good read and will convince people who care overmuch about what other people think to stop doing so if the other person is anonymous or pseudonymous. It’s about time the earnest people on the Internet took some measures against the intellectual gamers and malicious life wasters.

    Posted in Bad Social Science, 2ちゃんねる, Tangents | 7 Comments »

    Japan Today & Yomiuri: Criminal charges against Internet bullies

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 6th February 2009

    Further to my Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE column earlier this week, here is somebody else who is finally taking action against Internet stalkers and bullies. Smiley Kikuchi, a comedian (whose name is listed in today’s Yomiuri), has finally gotten the NPA to get off their asses and actually prosecute people criminally for posting threatening messages.

    Good for him. I get death threats all too frequently. The first time I got a major death threat, the police did nothing except take the threat letter, hold it for six years, and send it back with “inconclusive results”. The second time, much the same. In Kikuchi’s case, the messages were posted directly to his blog, by fools who didn’t realize that (unlike 2channel) their IP addresses would be visible.

    Given how inept I consider the NPA to be about enforcing its own mandate, or even court decisions, I usually just delete messages to my blog that are malicious or threatening in tone. Now, thanks to Smiley, they just might be legally actionable.

    Posted in 2ちゃんねる, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Lawsuits, Tangents | 4 Comments »

    Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Feb 3, 2009: “2channel the bullies’ forum”

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 4th February 2009

    Excerpt: Some salute [2channel’s coordinator] Nishimura as a “hero” and an “evangelist.” He’s also a willing abettor in the pollution of cyberspace, legitimizing an already powerful domestic bully culture with a worldwide audience. He had his day in court to explain himself. He didn’t show. He lost. Now he must pay up.

    If not, there will be blow-back. Our government has already made reactionary overtures to limit “illegal or harmful content” (whatever that means) on the Internet. Be advised: Once you give the unsophisticated Japanese police a vague mandate over anything, you’ll have random enforcement and policy creep, as usual. Kaplooey goes cyberfreedom of speech.

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Bad Business Practices, Cultural Issue, Injustice, 2ちゃんねる, Japanese Government | 6 Comments »

    2-Channel’s Nishimura sells off his golden goose

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 24th January 2009

    After years of online threats against me (by people who can neither do research or demonstrate any reading comprehension) for apparently either bankrupting their beloved 2-Channel, or taking it over through lawsuit victory (both untrue, but anonymous Netizen bullies never held truth or fact in high regard), 2-Channel founder and coordinator Nishimura Hiroyuki sold off his golden goose. One which he claimed made him a comfortable living — and a safe haven from libel lawsuits.

    No longer. If he ever sets foot in the real world, with a real salary and a real traceable bank account, he’ll never earn money again. There are dozens of people who have an outstanding lien on his assets thanks to court rulings against him. I am among them. He knows that. Let’s see how many steps this abetting polluter of cyberspace can keep ahead of the authorities.

    Posted in Bad Business Practices, Ironies & Hypocrisies, 2ちゃんねる | 4 Comments »

    AP article proffers cultural reasons for keeping Internet denizens anonymous

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 17th October 2008

    Here’s an article about a subject I hold a bit dear: a valuable source of information and even social movement being subverted into a source of bullying and character assassination.

    At the heart of it is the denial of a fundamental right granted in developed fora such as courtrooms and (until now) the court of public opinion: the right to know who your accuser is. But by allowing near-absolute online anonymity, it makes the arena for discussion, fight, or whatever you want to call the interaction, unfair — when people become targeted by irresponsible anons who can say what they want with complete impunity. I’ve faced that firsthand these past three months just dealing with the snakepit that is a Wikipedia Talk Page.

    In the article below, we’re having justifications for it being dressed up on the guise of “Japanese culture” and increased communication “without worrying about whoever’s talking”. That’s all very well until you’re the one being talked about. That issue is very much underdeveloped in the article about Mixi et al. below, even though it applies to Japan (and to other online societies, such as the one connected to the recent celebrity suicide in Korea) as well. Knock off the silly argument that infers that “Japanese are naturally shy so they need a cloaking device in order to speak freely”. That’s precisely the argument that BBS 2-Channel’s Nishimura makes as he promotes his own impunity.

    Posted in Bad Social Science, Cultural Issue, 2ちゃんねる, Media | 3 Comments »

    2-Channel’s Nishimura again ducks responsibility for BBS’s excesses

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 28th August 2008

    Yet another interview with BBS 2-Channel’s Nishimura, where he claims that what goes on at 2-Channel is not his responsibility.

    Love the section below where he says, “Unless there is a court order, we will not delete any messages.” That’s a lie. He’s had a court order since January 2006 to delete the posts on me judged by a court to be libelous. More than two and a half years later, they’re still there…!

    I don’t think this guy realizes that sooner or later, there’s going to be legislation passed that will ultimately deprive the Internet of the privacy he allows his BBS to so wantonly abuse.

    Posted in Bad Business Practices, Injustice, Ironies & Hypocrisies, 2ちゃんねる, Lawsuits, Media | 4 Comments »

    First Waiwai, now Japan Times’ Tokyo Confidential now in Internet “Japan Image Police” sights

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 5th August 2008

    Here we have an article talking about how the sights are turning from the Mainichi Waiwai to the Japan Times “Tokyo Confidential” column–in the same spirit of making sure outsiders don’t “misunderstand” Japan (by reading potentially negative stuff already found in the domestic press). The Japanese language is only supposed to be for domestic consumption, after all, right? How dare non-natives translate the secret code? Anyway, it’s one more good reason why you don’t deal with anonymous Internet bullies–giving in to them only makes them stronger–and more hypocritical given press freedom and the freedom of speech they wallow in. Let’s hope the Japan Times has the guts to stand up to them.

    Posted in 2ちゃんねる, Media, 日本語 | 7 Comments »

    The Sydney Morning Herald on death of Mainichi Waiwai column

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 29th July 2008

    Hi Blog. One more article on how the Internet has turned nasty: The campaign by anonymous posters to get rid of the English translation service of Japan’s weekly magazines, the Mainichi Shinbun Waiwai column, has been effective. Instead of standing up to anonymous hotheads making death threats, and suppressing the free speech they hold so sacrosanct, they talk about Japan’s image being besmirched internationally (when the information comes from Japanese sources in the first place). By suppressing this media outlet, all they are achieving is keeping the debate domestic and covering up the issues the Weeklies are bringing to the fore. However disgusting the topics the Weeklies can bring up are, the contents are the Weeklies’ responsibility, not the Mainichi’s and not editor Ryann Connell’s. Attack the Weeklies for their contents, not the people who merely translate them.

    I find this form of bullying disgusting, and the Mainichi’s caving in appallingly irresponsible. When are people going to learn that this is not a fair fight, and ignore people who won’t make themselves public in the media and open themselves up to the same scrutiny they demand other media? You have the right to know your accuser. Those who won’t reveal their identity should be justly ignored themselves.

    Here’s an article from The Sydney Morning Herald. Further links and a letter to the Mainichi follows it.

    Posted in Bad Business Practices, Ironies & Hypocrisies, 2ちゃんねる, Media | 16 Comments »

    Wired Magazine on 2-Channel’s Nishimura Hiroyuki

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 23rd May 2008

    Wired Magazine on Nishimura and 2-Channel: “Nishimura has lost about 50 lawsuits and owes millions of dollars in penalties, which he has no intention of paying. “If the verdict mandates deleting things, I’ll do it,” he says. “I just haven’t complied with demands to pay money. Would a cell phone carrier feel responsible when somebody receives a threatening phone call?”” Those silly arguments taken apart on this blog.

    Posted in 2ちゃんねる, Lawsuits, Media | 8 Comments »

    IHT: GOJ to “govern influential, widely read news-related websites”. Like 2-Channel

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 8th March 2008

    Hi Blog. Here’s another development in the pipeline: the regulation of Internet speech, to stop “illegal and harmful content”. Libel, sure. But you know it’s just not going to stop there. I have very mixed feelings about this issue. I am of course an advocate of freedom of speech. But I have also been the […]

    Posted in 2ちゃんねる, Japanese Government, Media, Tangents | 5 Comments »

    Gyaku on upcoming GOJ regulations of the Internet: Online content, keitai, and file sharing

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 1st January 2008

    Happy New Year, everyone. Let’s kick off the new year with a post on our future as bloggers here: Internet info site Gyaku on Japan’s future regulation of the Internet. If enacted, we’re going to see widespread regulation of online content, cellphone use, and file sharing in Japan. Have to admit–places like 2-Channel (with whom I have an unrequited libel lawsuit victory against) have brought this down upon all of us.

    Posted in 2ちゃんねる, Japanese Government, Media | 1 Comment »

    Global Voices Online on Japan’s proposed regulation of the Internet

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 13th July 2007

    While nobody was watching, an interim report drafted by a study group under the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has set down guidelines for regulation of the Internet in Japan which, according to one blogger, would extend as far as personal blogs and homepages. In the report, this “Study group on the legal system for communications and broadcasting”, headed by Professor Emeritus at Hitotsubashi University Horibe Masao, discusses the possibility of applying the exising Broadcast Law to the sphere of the Internet to regulate, under government enforcement, what gets on the web. The report also suggests that public comments be sought on the issue, in response to which the ministry has opened a space on their webpage for the public to submit comments, available in the period between June 20th and July 20th…

    Posted in 2ちゃんねる, Media | 1 Comment »


    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 12th June 2007

    2ちゃんねるの西村氏に対する強制執行の件につきまして、札幌地方裁判所岩見沢支部において間接強制の決定がでました。芝池弁護士からの連絡です。The latest motion against BBS 2-Channel.

    Posted in 2ちゃんねる, Lawsuits, 日本語 | No Comments »

    Asahi on 2-Channel BBS: “Criticism mounts against forum”

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 2nd June 2007

    Another (rather pedestrian, but something for the uninitiated; even the GOJ comments–albeit flacidly–this time) article about the rolling controversy that remains 2-Channel, the world’s largest BBS, and a hotbed of anonymized libel (the “den of criminals” comment is not mine).

    As always, 2-Channel adminstrator Nishimura gets quoted. Wish they’d asked more comments from the victims.

    Posted in 2ちゃんねる, Lawsuits | 1 Comment »

    Yomiuri on 2-Channel’s Nishimura: “I’ll pay court damages only if sentenced to death”

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 20th March 2007

    Yomiuri: Nishimura has up to now been the defendant in more than 50 civil suits nationwide, and the great majority of them have been losses for him. Unpaid damages and penalties assessed for not following injunctions and court rulings have now amassed to around 5 million dollars US. However, Nishimura has hardly ever paid up. Justifying this, Nishimura said, “If you turn deadbeat, nobody’s going to make you pay. With rules as stupid as this country has, it would be idiotic to pay up.” Huh?

    Posted in 2ちゃんねる, Lawsuits, Media | 3 Comments »


    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 20th March 2007


    Posted in 2ちゃんねる, Lawsuits, Media, 日本語 | No Comments »

    Yomiuri: 2-Channel’s lost lawsuits pile up; now 43!

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 6th March 2007

    Hiroyuki Nishimura, the operator of the nation’s largest Internet message board, 2channel, has lost at least 43 of more than 50 civil lawsuits filed against him in Tokyo and elsewhere over defamation and other charges, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey.

    Posted in 2ちゃんねる, Lawsuits, Media | 1 Comment »


    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 6th March 2007

    ブロクの皆様、こんにちは。日本語でお久しぶりです。2ちゃんねるはここまで誹謗で被害を起していますが、責任者は責任を取らぬ。いつごろ日本は司法府をきちんと拘束力を与えられますか。 いきさつは 有道 出人 =========================== 2ちゃんねる管理者、敗訴43件も制裁金4億円不払い 読売新聞 2007年3月5日14時30分 インターネット掲示板「2ちゃんねる」への誹謗(ひぼう)中傷の書き込みなどを巡り、管理者西村博之氏(30)を相手取り、名誉棄損などを訴える民事訴訟が全国で50件以上起こされ、少なくとも43件で西村氏側の敗訴が確定していることが読売新聞の調べでわかった。 この結果、西村氏に命じられた賠償額は約5800万円、仮処分命令などに従わないことによる「制裁金」が1日当たり約88万円、累計約4億3400万円に上るが、西村氏が自ら支払いに応じたケースはほとんどないと見られる。原告側は勝訴にもかかわらず賠償を得られない状態で、ネットの無法状態と司法の限界が露呈した形だ。 西村氏に対する訴訟は2001年以降、東京地裁だけで50件以上が起こされ、うち40件の敗訴が確定。ほかにも札幌、大阪、神戸の各地裁で計3件の敗訴が確定している。 訴えの内容は、〈1〉書き込みの削除請求〈2〉プロバイダー責任法に基づく、書き込んだ人の発信者情報の開示請求〈3〉書き込みを放置した管理者責任を問う損害賠償請求——がほとんどだ。このうち、01年7月に東京都内の動物病院経営者が「えげつない病院」などと書き込まれたとして提訴した訴訟では、400万円の賠償命令が確定。昨年1月にも、北海道の大学助教授が「人種差別者」「精神異常者」などと書き込まれたとして賠償を求めた訴訟で、110万円の賠償を命じた判決が確定している。 西村氏は多くの裁判で弁護士を付けず、裁判を欠席しているため、原告側請求を認める判決がほとんど。また西村氏は控訴などを余りしないため、敗訴確定が相次いでいる。 読売新聞の調査によると西村氏は、書き込み削除請求のうち11件、開示請求のうち3件には、裁判所の命令に応じた。 しかし賠償金支払いを命じられた21件で自ら賠償金を支払ったケースはなかった。このため9件の原告側は、西村氏の財産を差し押さえようと強制執行の手続きを取った。しかし回収できたのは、4件計三百数十万円にとどまっている。 差し押さえがうまくいかないのは、西村氏名義の銀行口座を突き止めても残高が少なかったり、西村氏が取締役を務める会社から「役員報酬は払っていない」と回答されたりしたため。 書き込み削除や情報開示については、当事者が仮処分を申し立てることが多い。被告が判決や仮処分命令に従わない場合は、裁判所が原告側の請求に基づき、命令に従うまで1日当たり一定額の制裁金支払いを義務付ける「間接強制」を行うことがある。 西村氏に間接強制が適用されたケースは確認できただけで5件。現在、1日約88万円の支払い義務が発生しており、3月1日現在の累計は4億3400万円に膨らんでいる。 読売新聞は西村氏に対し2月下旬以降、電子メールで取材を申し込んでいるが、返答がない。 (2007年3月5日14時30分 読売新聞) ENDS

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    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 2nd February 2007

    有道 出人:「2ちゃんねるは有意義なサイトだと思いますよ。でも、こんなに名誉毀損の温床になってしまっては…。私はウソを書いた発言者の情報を掲示し、責任をとってほしいだけなのです。」

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    Zakzak:2ch マルサ動く…国税局職員の父親を直撃

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 2nd February 2007


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    NEWSFLASH: 2chan Comments in Wake-Up Plus TV and Sunday Mainichi

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 19th January 2007

    Some comments from me re the 2-Channel issue will be appearing Sat 8AM 1/20 on NTV’s “Wake Up Plus”, and also in Sunday Mainichi’s issue on sale Tues 1/23.

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    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 19th January 2007

    NEWS FLASH 1/19(土)の読売テレビ(NTV)の「ウェクアッププラス」(午前8時から放送)とサンデー毎日(1/23)をご覧下さい。2ちゃんねるの件についてコメントが報道されます。

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    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 18th January 2007

    東京スポーツ新聞2007年1月17日より。Dave Spectorさまに感謝。(イメージが読みにくければどうぞクリックして下さい。)有道 出人

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    2ちゃんねる:16日NTV放送(youtube), debito.orgがサイバーテロ標的

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 17th January 2007

    1)1月16日 23:05より、NTV「ニュースゼロ」で
      2ちゃんねるについて有道 出人とのインタビューが放送
      違う裁判の原告の有道 出人はヘートメイルの標的となり

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    Mainichi: Criminal complaint re slander of school on 2-Channel

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 16th January 2007

    The operator of a school in Odawara where dozens of children who have dropped out of other schools are enrolled in has filed a criminal complaint with law enforcers over 2-Channel messages slandering the school.

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    毎日:2ちゃんねる:書き込み者を名誉棄損で告訴 神奈川の学校

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 16th January 2007

    2ちゃんねる:書き込み者を名誉棄損で告訴 神奈川の学校  インターネット掲示板「2ちゃんねる」の書き込みで中傷されたとして、神奈川県小田原市で不登校の子供が通う学校を運営する学校法人「湘南ライナス学園」(吉崎真里学園長)が、書き込んだ人物を被疑者不詳のまま名誉棄損などで県警小田原署に刑事告訴していたことが分かった。  告訴状は、05年12月〜06年10月、不特定多数が「学園長は精神異常者」「ライナスでは学力が低下する」などの中傷やうその書き込みをし、同学園の信用や吉崎学園長の名誉を損なった−−としている。同学園によると、中傷の書き込みは2000件以上に上り、退学者や入学予定者の辞退が相次いだという。同署は4日に告訴状を受理し、書き込み人物の特定を進めている。同学園は、2ちゃんねる運営者の西村博之氏に書き込みの削除を求めたが、削除されていない。吉崎学園長は「不登校など事情のある子供の居場所としてようやく設立された学園なのに、根拠のないことを書き込まれ運営に支障が出ている」という。  同学園は、構造改革教育特区認定校に指定されたことを受け、05年4月に不登校やLD(学習障害)などの児童生徒向けに小・中・高一貫校として開校した。計43人が通っている。【堀智行】 英文を読む 毎日新聞 2007年1月16日 3時00分

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    ZAKZAK: 2ch管理人に破産申し立て…35歳被害者が手続き

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 16th January 2007


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    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 16th January 2007 website got zapped today by cyberspace elements in apparent retaliation for internet BBS 2-Channel being taken offline after a lawsuit. Even though I had nothing to do with it (I support 2-Channel’s existence; it should just honor court decisions) and 2-Channel DIDN’T go down after all.

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    NEWSFLASH: NTV interviews Arudou Debito re 2-Channel Lawsuit

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 16th January 2007

    NEWS FLASH I got interviewed earlier tonight with Nippon TV (Ch 5 in Sapporo, Ch 4 in Tokyo). Details as follows: ///////////////////////////////////////////// 2-CHANNEL INTERNET BBS LIBEL ISSUE INTERVIEW WITH ARUDOU DEBITO, PLAINTIFF “NEWS ZERO” NEWS PROGRAM STARTS FROM 11:05 PM TONIGHT, JANUARY 16, 2007 ///////////////////////////////////////////// I’d send you a link for background on the issue […]

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    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 12th January 2007

    ネット界激震!! 賠償命令を無視し続けてきた日本最大の掲示板「2ちゃんねる」(2Ch)の管理人、西村博之氏(30)の全財産が仮差し押さえされることが12日、分かった。債権者が東京地裁に申し立てたもので、対象となるのは西村氏の銀行口座、軽自動車、パソコン、さらにネット上の住所にあたる2Chのドメイン「」にまで及ぶ見込み。執行されれば掲示板の機能が一時停止するのは必至だ。

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    ネット君臨:第1部・失われていくもの/1(その2) 「エサ」総がかりで暴露

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 3rd January 2007


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    ネット君臨:第1部・失われていくもの/1(その3止) 2ch管理人に聞く

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 3rd January 2007


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    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 14th November 2006

    and finally

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    Interview Thurs on Thurs Nov 18 lunchtime on TBS show “Pinpon”, re 2-Channel (with updates)

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 14th November 2006

    Was going to be on TV briefly Thursday Nov 16 on a lunchtime talkshow, talking briefly about 2-Channel libel lawsuits as a thwarted plaintiff, but it got bumped by news on Fujiwara Norika, then put on hold because Defendant Nishimura didn’t respond to requests for a reply (of course he didn’t!). Ah well. Anyhoo, links to three more articles on 2-Channel, one courtesy Dave Spector.

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    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 14th November 2006


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    Zakzak and Sankei on 2-Channel libel (thanks Adamu)

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 9th November 2006

    Translations of articles regarding libelous BBS 2-Channel and administrator Nishimura Hiroyuki, from Zakzak Nov 7 and Sankei Sports Nov 5. Shows how carefree Hiroyuki is towards ignoring court orders and the damage caused people’s lives by unfettered Internet libel.

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    2ちゃんねるの西村ひろゆき:早稲田にて「強制的に(賠償金を)払わせる法律がない」(追加:ZAKZAK 記事)

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 7th November 2006


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    2-Channel’s Nishimura speaking at Waseda Nov 4 2ちゃんねる管理者「ひろゆき」講演

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 26th October 2006

    Nishimura Hiroyuki, the administrator and owner of internet BBS 2-Channel, currently on the lam after not paying several court losses, will actually be making a public appearance on Saturday November 4 at Waseda University, Tokyo. Details send me by a friend available here if you want to attend.

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    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 24th October 2006


    Posted in Articles & Publications, Human Rights, 2ちゃんねる, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Labor issues, Lawsuits, Newsletters, Otaru Onsen Lawsuit, Problematic Foreign Treatment, Speech materials | Comments Off on DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER OCT 24 2006

    Mainichi Oct 10 06: BBS 2-Channel’s Nishimura still on the lam

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 11th October 2006

    2-Channel’s Defendant Nishimura: “I’ve been sued in the north as far as Hokkaido and the south as far as Okinawa. It’s simply not possible to attend every court case where I’ve been named as a defendant. I figure if I can defend myself in every case, it’s exactly the same as not turning up in my defense,” he tells the weekly indirectly. Nishimura also strongly denies suggestions that he’s gone bankrupt, which many have speculated may be the main reason nobody seems able to find him

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    Temple U Prof: “Japan’s Criminal Libel Laws vital for police intervention and arrest” (???)

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 1st October 2006

    A Temple University professor is publishing a paper in the University of Colorado Law Review asserting that, quote, “In Japan, however, criminal libel laws have become vital tools in policing injurious speech on the Internet. Defamatory posts lead to police intervention and even arrest.” Not according the 2-Channel Lawsuit, which I think proves Dr Mehra’s assertions quite inaccurate.

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    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 22nd September 2006

     皆様、きのう送った2ちゃんねるのことについて追加文ですが、新聞記事によると、2ちゃんねる管理者被告西村博之氏は失踪状態になったようです。  出典はこちらです。新聞記事の原稿は テキストを以降に書き直します。 ーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーー  インターネットの巨大匿名掲示板「2ちゃんねる」の管理運営者「ひろゆき」こと、西村博之氏(29)が失踪状態にあることが22日までにわかった。同掲示板は西村氏個人が管理しちえる。当局が不適切な書き込みの削除や投稿者の情報を求めようにも行方知れずで放置され、裁判所からの呼び出しにしも応じていない。ネット会社の象徴的な存在でもある「2ちゃんねる」は、最悪の場合、「掲示板閉鎖」という事態まであり得る情勢だ。 ーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーー  ご参考まで、宜しくお願い致します。  2ちゃんねる名誉毀損勝訴した原告 有道 出人 ENDS

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    プレスリリース:2ちゃんねる名誉毀損勝訴アップデート(Sep 21 2006)

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 21st September 2006

    プレス リリース
    2ちゃんねる訴訟 アップデート
    原告 有道出人が本年1月に勝訴したものの、
    被告 西村博之氏は未だに判決に従わず、

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    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 14th September 2006

    ====== 2-CHANNEL WEBSITE LAWSUIT UPDATE =========== DEFENDANT STILL REFUSES TO PAY COURT-ORDERED DAMAGES FOR INTERNET LIBEL. LIBELOUS STATEMENTS REMAIN ONLINE TO THIS DAY ============================================== By Plaintiff Arudou Debito September 14, 2006 Freely Forwardable Table of contents: ============================================== 1) QUICK RECAP OF THE CASE 2) WHAT IS 2-CHANNEL? REFERENTIAL LINKS 3) THE ISSUE 4) THE UPDATE […]

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