Magical Tux Speaks: An Interview with Mark Karpeles

Mark Karpeles prefers computers to people at times. Coding is his greatest joy. Cyber security--maybe not so much.

Ceci est la retranscription originale de l’entretien qui a eu lieu en septembre 2014 avec Mark Karpeles, le PDG de Mt. Gox, l’échange Bitcoin ayant fait faillite en février de la même année. Cet entretien a été effectué en partie dans le cadre de la publication du livre non-fiction Paye le Diable en Bitcoin, qui sera disponible d’ici un mois sur Amazon Kindle Japon en langue anglaise et japonaise. Le livre sera publié plus tard en langue française.

This is the original transcript of the interview conducted in September 2014 with Mark Karpeles, the CEO of Mt. Gox, the collapsed Bitcoin exchange. This interview was made partly as research done for the publication of a non-fiction book tentatively title, 地獄の沙汰もビットコイン次第 which will be available this year on Amazon Kindle Japan in both English and Japanese language. The book will later be available in French.

Scary Things You Never Knew You Didn’t Know About Japanese Halloween

The creators of the YouTube data-driven drama series, Nonalog which “tells the stories of young people finding each other in an overly-connected world” turns its attention to Halloween for a special omnibus episode. The series motto is “from search data, we look into what Japanese people are really searching for” and this time its applied to Halloween.

Ghost in the Shell: The Matrix of Sci-Fi Anime

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With the newest Ghost in the Shell film in theaters, and a live-action version on the horizon, it’s important to take a look back at what made the original so popular.

Android Festival Takes Over Roppongi Hills–Ends June 20th.

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From June 16-20, the Android Company is holding a festival they’re calling “Matsuri with Android” at O-Yane Plaza in Roppongi Hills.




Make It A Swinging Sunday Night: Pole Dance Tokyo Student Showcase

Getting down from the pole is easy. Getting to the top--hard work.

Pole Dance. It started as something sexy, turned into an art-form, a fitness boom, and it’s still as sexy as hell. From the people who made Pole Dance an International Event. I saw a sneak preview in January—was impressed. Worth the price of admission and maybe worth the price of lessons if you have the time and stamina.

Should Fuji-Sankei Group be red-faced over scheduled blackface music program in Japan?

This photo of two Japanese musical groups posing together in blackface, white gloves and costumes, gained attention when tweeted by several journalists and many others. Some consider it racist.

The Clear Skies Of Winter Tokyo Are Gorgeous.


The winters are cold; the skyline is ethereal.

Mrs. Rinko Goto releases a statement on behalf of husband and missing pilot.

Kenji Goto, freelance journalist captured by ISIS.

I fear that this is the last chance for my husband and we now have only a few hours left to secure his release and the life of Lt. Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh. I beg the Jordanian and Japanese Government to understand that the fates of both men are in their hands.

I thank the Governments of Jordan and Japan for all their efforts

Merry X-Mas Eve Panic

A Japanese Christmas tale of young love, confusion, and happy resolution.