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


Hi Blog. 2-Channel’s Admin Nishimura Hiroyuki, now millions of dollars in the hole in terms of court penalties, just keeps the ball right on rolling. According to today’s Yomiuri, he won’t follow court orders unless there’s the threat of execution. Otherwise, he feels no compulsion. Is this a case of celebrity-status-induced insanity, or is this guy just a child when it comes to social responsibility?

Translating the Yomiuri article myself. The Japanese original is available at https://www.debito.org/?p=280
More background on how it connects with me at
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Yomiuri Shinbun March 20, 2007

Nishimura Hiroyuki, 30, administrator of 2-Channel Internet BBS, appeared in Tokyo District Court on March 19 for a civil case against him. His site has been the scene of many malicious email posters, and Nishimura has lost successive lawsuits for libel.

After the hearing, when asked for comment by a media contingent regarding his unpaid court penalities, he said: “If I would be put to death for not paying, I would. But nothing’s going to happen to me if I don’t pay, so I won’t.” He made very clear his intention not to pay in future.

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.”

Er, I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again:



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

  • Hello- i didn’t see any contact info on your site. Cheers for the activist activity. I have been stopped twice- each spring is open season on Gaijin. I was stopped in Roppongi in broad daylight and cornered by 3 police for no reason whatsoever. anyway it is very frustrating with my limited japanese. Of course when my Japanese wife and i were looking for an apartment we were rejected daily.

  • I know there are other issues here, but this case due to it’s high profile might highlight the glaring weaknesses in the Japanese legal system, it might just force change.


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