- Osaka teacher fired for posing as student and asking 200 women about their sex lives
- Pro player reaches top 8 in Dragon Ball FighterZ competition using piano keyboard as controller
- Japanese Twitter artist creates emotional anime advertisement posters, leaves netizens in tears
- “Winny Incident” movie wins huge crowdfunding support
- Japanese mascot malfunction gives hilarious look at what it’s really like inside a costume【Video】
- Mismatched drain cover or real-life RPG puzzle to solve? One Japanese netizen investigates
- Informative video condenses everything about Japan into sixteen minutes of pure gold【Video】
Posted: 11 Feb 2018 07:00 PM PST
While polling can be an informative hobby, there are some lines you shouldn’t cross.
A teacher at Osakafu Ristumisaki High School was dismissed for posing as a high school student online and direct messaging women with questions of a sexual nature. The incidents totaled around 200 and included two students from his own school.
While the ages of the other victims wasn’t disclosed, the fact that he was pretending to be a student implies that he wasn’t prowling for women his own age. When investigated, he is reported as saying, “I wanted to satisfy my sexual desire, and I thought it would be okay if I was anonymous.”
Some might argue that he never pursued these women, simply resorting to asking them about their sexual experiences to get his own kicks, but according to comments online, very few were willing to go down that road.
As someone who can barely maintain a Twitter account, it’s baffling that he could engage, or at least attempt to engage, with around 200 women over the course of a few months. The amount of time it must have consumed would imply that he was probably a pretty crappy teacher to begin with… so good riddance.
This news comes in the form of a report by the Osaka Prefectural Government listing disciplinary actions that have been taken against high school teachers in recent months. Other lowlights include a 24-year-old teacher fired (and arrested) for filming up the skirt of a woman at a train station, a 30-year-old instructor given a six-month suspension after he was caught shoplifting a pair of women’s underpants valued at 800 yen ($7), and a 56-year-old vocational school teacher who was suspended for one month for slapping a cop.
Teaching is without a doubt a thankless and demanding job, and those who rise to the challenge deserve respect. But if you’re an educator who finds yourself creeping on women, stealing panties, or smacking cops around to cope, it may be best to consider a change of employment for the sake of yourself and those around you.
Posted: 11 Feb 2018 05:00 PM PST
Tap that C, D sharp, and F sharp to unleash Goku's ultimate!
Dragon Ball FighterZ is the latest entry to the growing list of Super Saiyan fighting games, pitting characters throughout the series in high-speed battles. All-time favorites like Trunks, Piccolo and Vegeta make a return, including the often ridiculed Yamcha.
At a Dragon Ball FighterZ competition in Ontario, Gregory “Gono” Chow whipped out a piano keyboard meant for playing the music game Rock Band 3 as his choice of controller, much to the amusement of his rivals.
▼ Never underestimate the Daigo Umehara of keyboards.
Gregory's hard-hitting combination of Cell, Goku and Trunks advanced him to the quarter-finals before getting sent into the losers round, where he landed a clean 2-0 victory against opponent Keir2Fast.
Our keyboard-wielding gamer held his ground against rival JCT's unrelenting offense, but a few mistakes cost Gregory dearly, who still managed to secure a place in top 8 despite using a controller clearly not meant for fast-paced fighting games.
▼ “Is that what I think it is?”
This isn't the first time Gregory used his keyboard controller in tournaments, as he was spotted back in the Evolution Championship Series 2016.
▼ He was competing in Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax back then.
Gregory is unaccustomed to the traditional arcade sticks commonly used in fighting games, and has stuck with using his unique staccato playstyle for years now. His odd choice of controller has certainly left an impression on everyone, and if we're lucky enough, we just might see Gregory again in Evo 2018.
With characters full of crazy interesting backstories and over-the-top explosive combat, Dragon Ball FighterZ in Evo 2018 will truly be a tournament of champions.
Posted: 11 Feb 2018 09:30 AM PST
A tribute to the most touching moments in manga and anime.
Anime and manga can move our hearts, and as one animated story of a bullied deaf girl shows, they can be quite uplifting as well.
Japanese Twitter user @tomoyanandayo loves drawing, and as someone who has been inspired by various anime, he has taken the liberty of drawing some of the most powerful scenes in manga history.
▼ “I’ve drawn some manga scenes that hit close to
▼ "A person only dies when they are forgotten."
A defining moment in One Piece, the image depicts the scene where Portgas D. Ace, foster brother to Luffy, sacrificed his life to protect his younger brother from the imposing Akainu. His death spurred Luffy to train even harder to protect those close to him.
▼ Luffy loses his brother.
▼ "When you wish to protect something important,
Naruto's incredible journey from low-level ninja to Hokage was fraught with perils and deadly foes, but early adversary Zabuza Momochi and his fierce affection for teammate Haku remained fresh in his mind to this day.
▼ Even a heartless killer feels something when he loses his partner.
▼ "Someone, somewhere out there is waiting for a hero's rescue today."
This scene from My Hero Academia sees school bully Katsuki Bakugo being suffocated by the Sludge Villain. Despite main protagonist Izuku Midoriya not having any powers, he rushes forward without thinking in order to save him.
▼ You don't need to be superhuman to be a hero.
▼ "Stained hands can be washed clean.
The last picture sees Edward convincing Winry Rockbell from Fullmetal Alchemist from exacting revenge on antagonist Scar, who was in turn responsible for her parents' deaths.
▼ Hands free from guilt are meant to protect.
The artist @tomoyanandayo regularly churns out bite-sized servings of emotional inspiration in the form of impactful drawings accompanied by powerful words. If such sentimental trips hit you in the right spot, then be sure to give them a follow on twitter, and maybe check out this manga of a mother's loving message to her daughter.
Source, images: Twitter/@tomoyanandayo
Posted: 11 Feb 2018 07:00 AM PST
After its crowdfunding target is smashed, writing begins on the story of how Japan stifled its own IT development in the name of combating file-sharing.
Although it feels almost like yesterday, a lot of young people may not even be familiar with the name Winny in Japan. At around the turn of the millennium, when the file-sharing craze was in full swing, a university instructor came up with Winny — fully anonymous peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing software.
Although somewhat lost in the crowd of WinMXs (Winny’s namesake), Bearshares and eDonkeys overseas, Winny was the go-to file sharing app for Japan shortly after its release in May of 2002. However, most of those users would ultimately get it to transfer music and other copyrighted media to each other, spelling bad news for its creator.
● Project Winny
This February, IT entrepreneur Satoshi Furuhashi began a crowdfunding campaign to begin writing the script for a movie about the rise and fall of Winny and its creator Isamu Kaneko. In a matter of days it surpassed its 100,000 yen (US$919) target and as of this writing has surpassed 700,000 yen ($6,400).
The movie will try to put a human face on the creation of Winny and also show how its technology led to current trends like cryptocurrency. More importantly though, it will show how the legal system in Japan strangled visionaries like Kaneko and created a poisonous environment for innovation.
On his crowdfunding page, Furuhashi describes the project as a Japanese Social Network, referring to David Fincher’s 2010 movie following the creation of Facebook along with the involvement of Napster co-creator Sean Parker.
While that’s a great pitch for producers, considering how things went for Kaneko, “Anti-Social Network” would be a more apt description.
● The Bizarro Sean Parker
By the time Winny was released, the American pioneer of file sharing, Napster, had already jousted with music associations and was dissolved after filing for bankruptcy. And as its cofounder Sean Parker was already free to venture into the future jackpot of social networking services, the file-sharing controversy continued to swirl over Napster’s successors.
Eventually it wafted over to Japan’s shores and Winny became public enemy number one. However, unlike Napster’s unabashed promotion as a music file sharing network, Winny never publicly endorsed sharing copyright protected media. Also unlike America’s sue-first-settle-then-ask-questions-later approach to the matter, Japan took an even harsher stance by filing criminal charges, leaving little to no room for negotiation.
▼ It’s really hard to leverage your tech prowess with a court of law.
Parker had to deal with paying off settlements to the music industry, but Kaneko was carried off in handcuffs for his engineering prowess. In trial, lawyers debated over whether simply creating a P2P platform is tantamount to accessory to copyright infringement. It was a case that went to the Supreme Court and took seven years to resolve with Kaneko finally being judged innocent.
At the end of 2011, Kaneko was cleared of all charges against him. At that same time, Parker had been president of Facebook and just watched Spotify launch after investing $15 million into it. He is currently estimated to be worth over $2 billion.
Kaneko spent his time tangled in court consulting another digital content distribution platform and also doing some lecturing and research in high speed computing at Tokyo University. However, the legal system was locked in a standoff with P2P in Japan causing any serious development to grind to a halt. Two years after his innocence was declared, he died of a heart attack in 2013.
● A country where nail that sticks up isn’t hammered down
The stories of Parker and Kaneko are a pretty stark example of the difference in environment and opportunity that the U.S. and Japan provide for their technological pioneers and the results they each lead to.
▼ Furuhashi provided a timeline following the two file sharing
Furuhashi sees the Winny incident as a pivotal moment in the business climate of Japan, and one that had set it back greatly just as IT technology was expanding at an alarming rate. As an entrepreneur himself, he feels the environment in Japan is still too constraining and conservative to foster the growth of new ideas. “I want Japan to be a country,” writes Furuhashi on his crowdfunding page, “where the nail that sticks up isn’t hammered down.”
In addition to monetary support, moral support for this story is strong online:
In addition to the film itself, Furuhashi hopes to incorporate related technologies in its development, such as incorporating virtual currency into its production and ticket sales as well as a P2P distribution system.
But the project is mainly the message that needs to be heard. As one user commented, there are too many cases of stunted growth such as the fact that as of 2017 only 16% of Japanese people use an on-demand video service.
Then there’s also Japan’s mobile phones, once lauded as the greatest in the world, that were swiftly trumped by the relative flexibility and freedom of foreign-developed smartphones. Examples are, sadly, too easy to come up with.
Posted: 11 Feb 2018 05:00 AM PST
Spoiler alert: it’s filled with one human, 10 pounds of sweat, and at least a year’s worth of back pain.
Asian mascot characters can range from cute pink and poopy to horrifying licking monsters that you’d never want anywhere near you. But no matter the mascot, each one has the same thing in common: there’s a human underneath bringing it to life.
And thanks to Japanese Twitter user @karin_yui57, we finally get a glimpse inside one of the mascot characters… though unintentionally so. Watch the video below to see how Don-chan, the mascot from the Taiko no Tatsujin drum rhythm game, is actually operated:
▼ “That awkward moment when you accidentally see the inside of Don-chan.”
I’m not sure what it is about that video, but as soon as Don-chan’t butt fell off, I couldn’t stop laughing. Maybe it was the woman screaming “Oh no! Don-chan!” or the mascot’s quick thinking to lean back and squat, or the fact that its bright shining face stared right at us as he was being repaired, but there was just something magical about it.
And then, of course, there was seeing the poor human inside of the costume. I don’t know what I expected (maybe two small people, one in front and one in back?), but it just looked extremely uncomfortable to be walking around like that. It reminds you that inside of every mascot costume is another human being, making the ultimate sacrifice to make children happy.
Japanese Twitter reacted by posting their own favorite mascot mishaps:
▼ The infamous Doraemon Decapitation of 2015.
▼ Rilakkuma, we know you’re lazy,
▼ “How about a Don-chan like this?”
▼ No thank you on this one either!
▼ The infamous shot, captured forever. And possibly perfectly
I don’t know about you, but I think some of those mascots are even giving the top fifteen most disturbing Japanese mascots a run for their money!
Posted: 11 Feb 2018 01:00 AM PST
Solve the puzzle to unlock a door, surely! …what do you mean “maybe we should take a break from gaming?”
But this latest one is a little different. This time, a photo from Twitter user @yunyundetective tugs at both the gaming-obsessed and the logical parts of our brain in which patterns just have to conform, lest the laws of physics be broken and chaos descend.
▼ “Must… resist… urge… to… fix….”
I like to think that I’m fairly carefree when it comes to things lining up, except for an irrational fear of setting a volume level to an odd number (one reason I never turn life up to 11), but this innocuous-enough photo of the ground flares up both my game-based puzzle solving compulsion and my need for things to be just right.
It seems from Japanese Twitter that I’m not the only one:
Thankfully one netizen stepped in to fix the travesty and solve the puzzle:
▼ Suddenly, all’s right with the world; passing pedestrians can breathe a sigh of relief.
Except that it seems that rather than tapping X or using specialized tools, the above photo simply employed Photoshop-wizardry to alter the photograph. Which means that somewhere out there in Japan, a drain cover is still out of sync. A key item is still waiting to be retrieved.
To the streets, without delay! Although, it’s dangerous to go alone, so maybe we should summon Epona to get there quicker.
Posted: 10 Feb 2018 09:00 PM PST
Whether you’re new to Japan or a resident, this easily digestible video will fill you in on the country's facts faster than any other.
Plenty of videos offer glimpses into Japan's beautiful scenery or vibrant culture, with some even letting viewers take a cool virtual 360-degree tour around popular sightseeing spots.
But for those who want more than just tourism, and crave history or insights, those videos are harder to come by.
But one YouTube channel, Geography Now, does an excellent job. They create videos that provide in-depth information on different countries without turning into hour-long encyclopedias. They've even created one about Japan, discussing almost everything under the sun from religion to society.
▼ We wish this sixteen-minute video could be longer.
The host, Paul “Barby” Barbato, talks at a rapid pace to keep the production as short as possible, so we recommend turning on captions so viewers can catch the location names and Japanese terminology being thrown around.
▼ Barby covers some lesser-known geographical facts
▼ He even goes into a brief lesson on indigenous ethnic groups in Japan…
▼ …the important people throughout Japanese history…
▼ …and diplomatic relations between countries.
Kudos to the channel for creating a fantastic video introducing Japan to the world. Regardless of whether you have yet to step foot in the country or are already actively living here, there's bound to be some interesting facts in there for everyone.
Perhaps the only thing missing is the stunning variety of delicious Japanese foods, but fortunately, Hatsune Miku already has got that covered.
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