The Japanese police arrested Mark Karpeles, the CEO of Mt Gox, once the world’s largest bitcoin exchange on Saturday morning for inflating his US accounts. But what is he really guilty of?
“The Financial Times broke the story on the massive Olympus Accounting Fraud while Nikkei ignored it and was a mouthpiece for Olympus for the first week. Why should we believe you’ll protect the FT tradition of investigative journalism in Japan?”
Since that time Mark Karpeles, the former CEO has been the subject of mass scrutiny, accused of being the criminal mastermind of Silk Road, and even the victim on an attempted shakedown by rogue Federal Agents. As a gaggle of reporters gathers outside his door over the last week, as rumours of his arrest fly, Japan Subculture Research Center is at last prepared to an exclusive series on the Mt. Gox story and the world of Bitcoin in Japan.
Jazz and anime go together well in Japan—like mayo on Takoyaki. In both “Bebop” and “Kids on the Slope” there’s a visualization of the coolness of jazz that is rarely seen. Even though there are just a handful of anime jazz shows they are worth watching—and hearing.
It allows Japan’s 19 government ministries to designate certain information as state secrets. The state secret classification lasts five years, a period that can be extended to 60 years. Any civil servant that shares the classified secrets and any journalist that works with the leaked information could face up to 10 years of imprisonment. In simple terms, a government employee that leaks a classified secret can receive up to ten years in jail. A reporter or citizen that urges the official to release information or works with the person to do so can be sent to jail for up to five years. In other words, a reporter who aggressively asks about matters deemed secret can go to jail for questions alone.
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.
While heavily advertised in Japan, this facial exerciser seems unlikely to restore my youthful beauty or my dignity.
The Newspaper Columnist & Close Associate of Prime Minister Abe Who Wants to Bring Apartheid to Japan http://t.co/QugHdjlsK6 — Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 (@jakeadelstein) February 14, 2015
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.
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.