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.

Kono Makes A Discomforting Statement on The Comfort Women And Japan Diplomacy

Yohei Kono, former Foreign Minister of Japan, sets the record straight on comfort women, security bills, and Japan's diplomacy

The comfort women existed through very wide area through out all of Asia, and this is something which I, myself do acknowledge. We have seen, for example in the case of the Netherlands, who conducted various independent studies into this issue and even went so far as to have court cases and also judgements in relation to this….but at the very least what can be said is that Japan should be treating these former comfort women who went through such cruel difficult situations in a more sincere way

Your red dress is waiting. love and leukemia and coming home


Michiel “Mimi” Brandt passed away on July 9th 2012, from complications of her third bone marrow transplant. She was thirty years old. She was one of the founders of this blog and my BFF (Best Friend Forever). If you’ve read Tokyo Vice, you’ll find the following acknowledgement: “Michiel Brandt, the most cheerful researcher and two time leukemia survivor in the world. She’s inspirational”.

I’ll have to correct that.

“She was the most cheerful researcher and four-time leukemia survivor in the world. She was inspirational and the best friend I have ever had.”

Renowned Diver Visits Japan to Remember Lost Turkish Ship and Swim with the Whales

Sahika Ercumen

From countless tsunami-related disasters to lopsided naval losses, the Ocean has been the setting for many of Japan’s darkest moments. It’s even been unkind to those who visit it with the best intentions. Recently, Turkish world-record holding diver Sahika Ercumen has been visiting Japan to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the sinking of the Turkish […]




US citizen dies after being taken in to protective custody in February/赤坂警察署の説明が正しい模様

Akasaka Police holding down the 29 year old English teacher who had been reportedly acting wildly in Akasaka. He had a heart attack on the scene and was taken to a hospital after ambulances arrived.

On February 2nd, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Agency announced the death of an American national who allegedly went on a rampage in the street of Akasaka,  was taken into protective custody and then was carried to a hospital, where he died. According reports in the Japanese press, the Akasaka Police Station, said the autopsy on the dead body did not reveal the cause of his death.

Rest in Peace, Kenji Goto. A journalist who fought for peace & was killed in war.

Journalist and humanitarian, Kenji Goto worked to educate and better the lives of people wherever he worked. Humanitarian journalism.

Kenji Goto, a freelance journalist, known for his dedicated reporting on the atrocities of war and humanitarian activities, was killed by the Islamic State circa February 1st, 2014 (Japan Standard Time). He wasn’t a war reporter; he was an anti-war reporter.

Reporters Without Borders urges Japanese government to rescue journalist

“It is vital that the Japanese government should seek the help of all the ‘strategic’ states in the region and their diplomatic networks. Efforts must be pooled to end Islamic State’s barbaric hostage industry. Following last year’s execution of journalists, we must accept that all options should be envisaged in order to save lives.”

What’s really obscene in Japan? It shouldn’t be the vagina.

Is the vagina boat so obscene that that creator should go to jail for two years? Is a plaster cast of a vagina art or obscenity?

A vagina shaped boat. A blueprint for printing a vagina on 3D printer you have to download to see. Is it more obscene than these replicas of porn star vaginas known as 女ホール (women holes) sold on Amazon, and made of silicone? They are openly displayed on the internet and in stores.

Reposted: The high price of writing about anti-social forces–and those who pay. 猪狩先生を弔う日々

Is writing a book exposing the corruption in your society worth risking your life? For Toshiro Igari, it was.

Igari-san wasn’t an investigative journalist and he wasn’t a saint. But he fought for justice and for truth, and as an investigative journalist, I’ve always believed that’s what our job entailed. Forgive me if that sounds naive. I believe that, if no one stands up to the anti-social forces in the world, then we all lose.