Not Worth Fighting Over

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All right, so golden week is over, but,

that means now I have
to reorganize my schedule

and just gonna get
everything back on track.

So we had a really busy time at work
and then family came over golden week

and now things maybe have finally settled
down to the way they’re supposed to be.

But here we are, in Japan,
with the news, for you.

Excellent, really chance.

She just does not go away.

She is in the news
constantly because she

thought, oh, she’d been
sentenced to prison.

She’s gonna go to prison.

Of course, she did the
smartest thing she could do.

She appealed.

She’s like, I don’t wanna go to prison.

Let’s appeal the sends.

I didn’t like the way they
talked about the fraud.

So the way the fraud
was mentioned in the

article was she induced
affection from three men.

So she committed fraud by
getting three men to fall in love

or I actually had a conversation
with this about my student.

I had a conversation
about this with my students.

And I found it very interesting that
they were all very dismissive of the men.

They were all like, all these guys,
they should have known better.

They should not have
fallen in love with her.

They should have known
what they were getting into.

And I was like, I know you
understand, like she’s picking.

She probably did mass
messages to hook the lonely men.

And those lonely men are suddenly convinced
that this is their dream girl in that.

They’re in love with her and she’s in
love with them and it’s all gonna work out.

And I have a lot of sympathy for the
men because she was choosing older men

who basically now probably have less
opportunities for relationships than this.

This really young, fairly
attractive girl comes in.

She falls in love with them.

She’s saying all the
things they wanna hear.

I mean, this was her guide.

Her guide was on the things you need to
say to keep them hooked, to give you money.

I read some excerpts
from it in an old episode.

It was very interesting
because she was right.

She was like, you don’t just
immediately ask for money.

That’s suspicious.

You have to like defer and
say like, “Oh, I got big problems.

” And then they go,
“Oh, what’s the problem?

” You go, “Oh, no, I don’t
wanna burden you with it.

” And then you try to defer and defer and
defer until they force you to tell them.

And then you go, “I owe
money or my friend owes money

“or money needs to be
owed and I need money.

” And then they
go, “I’ll offer to you.

” You go, “No, no, no, I
don’t wanna take it from.

” But then they’re more generous because
they’re like, “Here’s my opportunity

“to show this person how much I love
them “and support them and help them.

” And the thing is,
she’s playing on that idea

of if she refuses again
and again and again.

It doesn’t feel like a scam anymore

because they’re trying to
force her to take the money.

Anyways, that was in her
book that she sold online,

which is actually what got
her in trouble in the end.

I didn’t know this part.

She was also as part of her case.

She had failed to declare
40 million yen in income.

And again, the average salary in
Japan is four to five million yen.

So she’s talking like 10
years of an average salary.

She had not declared an income.

I assume that was in one year.

God, man, see, and this is it.

It’s the fiscal, I get
on this bit every time

because I’m like, she had so
much money available to her.

They’re not actually going
to make her give it back.

Or are they, I’m not
sure, that’s the thing.

She could have hidden a lot of that money

and once she got out of
prison actually been okay

or set up a new life or
something, she didn’t do it.

She filed her appeal on May 1st.

Today is May 7th.

This is when the story came out.

She’s finding ways to keep
herself in the news, which at

least is interesting because
I don’t know why it eats on.

I think the level of her scam, her ability,

and in the fact that
she worked really hard.

And then came to this
point where she got caught

and the whole collapse,
like that rise and

fall is the bit I’m
finding most interesting.

So I really want to see
where does she end up?

Does she end up going to prison?

How much time does she do?

What’s the punishment?

How far does it go?

And then I actually want to know
what happens when she gets out.

Like, does she rebuild her life or does
prison make her like more of a scammer?

Because, you know, there is the idea that
prison is supposed to rehabilitate people,

but I think we all know the reality that
it doesn’t really do that in most cases.

So where is she going
to end up after this case?

That is the bit I’m most interested in.

I’m unfortunately going to
have to wait a decade to find out.

Biden gave a speech.

And in that speech,
she said Japan, China,

Russia, and India are
xenophobic countries.

And Japan was like, what?

Well, why are you picking on me?

Why are you putting, you’re lumping me in
with these other guys, China and Russia?

There’s bad guys.

India, it’s been neutral.

It could flip the floor
back and forth on India.

Like, we work with them,
we sometimes we don’t.

But China and Russia,
you know, don’t do that.

And so they were very upset.

And his reasoning was Biden’s
reasoning was, Japan, China,

Russia, and India don’t want
immigrants, which is true.

Like I actually don’t know as much
about China and Russia and India.

India, I don’t think wants immigrants
because they’ve got a billion people already.

Maybe that’s enough people.

China, similar situation.

Also, I would say xenophobic
for political reasons.

Russia has its own issues.

I don’t claim to know anything
about those countries in any real way.

But Japan, I have lived
here for a long time.

I claim to know something
about the country.

And I would say xenophobia
is still a fairly accurate thing.

They don’t want a lot of foreigners
coming in and changing Japan as a country.

The Japanese embassy protested,
but also they didn’t change their policy.

They still don’t want immigrants.

So this is maybe the bit
that I find most interesting is,

is Biden has essentially
said something that’s true.

And then Japan’s been like, well,
that doesn’t make us look good.

You shouldn’t say that.

And then you should
apologize, but then it’s still true.

What Biden was actually
talking about was how immigrants

to America actually helped fuel
the economic growth of the country.

And immigration is a good thing.

And we should promote immigration.

And people should immigrate to countries.

And build those countries up Japan.

Billion times now, we’ve said
suffering and population decline.

I think some immigration actually
do the country a bit of good.

They are still resistant.

And apparently that’s not xenophobia.

That’s something else completely, which

has maybe a completely
different name that I don’t know.

I don’t know what else you would call it.

24-year-old attacked his
57-year-old father with a wooden sword.

And this is– we go through these trends.

I said in the last episode, we
do go through trends in news.

And so we had a trend of crossbows.

And then those crossbows
were actually made illegal in Japan.

Weirdly, near my train
station, I actually found a poster

that looked quite old, giving
information about crossbows.

I guess how you’re not
supposed to have them.

That’s interesting.

I’ll throw that up on the
Instagram after this episode.

If this happens a few more times,

they’re actually going to be like,
have wooden sword rules going to place.

They’re going to have wooden
sword ownership laws put in.

Because that’s what Japan does.

Like guns are illegal.

And then they’re like
bows and arrows are illegal.

Swords are illegal.

Crossbows, people started using those.

Crossbows are now illegal.

So wooden swords, man, if you go ape on
those, I bet they make wooden swords illegal.

It’s not legal to carry a knife
with you unless you have–

can explain why you’re carrying
that knife from 0.8 to 0.B.

So this is a classic.

I’ve actually talked about
this a bunch of times.

But it’s something people know.

You wouldn’t actually be allowed
to carry a Swiss army knife.

When I was back in Canada, I
used to carry a Swiss army knife

with me all the time, just
to my bag or something,

has a screwdriver, other stuff fairly
useful, randomly throughout the day.

If I could not– if I
would stop by the police

and they said, why do you
have the Swiss army knife?

And I couldn’t give
them a reason, a specific

reason, then that is
illegal for me to carry.

So if I was carrying a fish-gutting knife

and I was going fishing,
that would be illegal.

If I had a fish-gutting knife and I
was going to work, that would be illegal.

That’s– there’s a certain
level of interpretation

that comes with the
rules in Japan, which is a

very interesting thing,
but also very important.

And no, who’s interpreting those rules,

the guy who might be very angry at
you at the moment, who is a police officer.

His father was sitting in a chair
and just started beating them.

He was arrested.

They are still looking into the reason why.

But the only reason this
story caught my attention

is when he was being arrested, he
said, perhaps, I went a little too far.

And I think, yeah, once
you pick up a wooden sword

and start hitting another
human being with it,

I think, maybe, yeah,
you went a little too far.

There was a guy who owns an izakaya.

And is a guy who owns– it’s a bar.

That’s food.

And often, they’re
very small and very local.

It’s a very authentic Japanese experience.

Foreigners really enjoy
enjoying the izakaya’s.

They, of course, do
have trouble with English,

because not every
Japanese person to be English.

The reason a lot of
people like me have jobs

is because we come to
Japan and teach English.

And the reason we teach
English is because the education

system in Japan is so
poor at teaching English.

So really, the whole reason
I am able to live in Japan

is because the Japanese education system
has failed so miserably at teaching English.

This bar owner went and had some trouble.

He had a white couple of what he said.

Come in and asked for an English menu.

And he said, no, we
don’t have one of those.

And then, basically,
he said it was really

troublesome to have this
foreign couple in his bar.

He went online.

He decided to complain online,
which is always the best idea.

I mean, if you’re going to complain,

you really want to go on
the internet and complain,

because that’s going to
make everything better.

He said, I’d learn
English if I came to an

English-speaking country,
which I bet is not true.

I bet if you went to either of that,

or he’s actually just
saying, I would not travel.

This is Japan.

If I went to an English-speaking
country, I’d speak

English, make the effort
to speak Japanese in Japan.

If that’s a hassle, bring an interpreter.

It’s one of those things
where he’s not wrong,

but he’s also not
right, because if you’re

running a bar, your bar
runs on customer service,

you should be trying to accommodate
as many customers as possible.

This is a case where if you had someone

with a fairly good smartphone
or a laptop or something,

you could actually just have them speak
into it, and it could do the auto-translate.

So I think we’ve now
hit a level of technology

where you’re not having deep
political conversations with customers.

It’s like, hey, what do you want to drink?

Hey, have you enjoyed your stay in Japan?

How is things?

How are things?

Do you want anything else?

Stuff like that.

These are not really hard
phrases for someone to learn.

So you went on, which of course, because he
goes on, you know, again, very good idea.

Indigenous Japanese might not know
this, but if you go to another country,

speaking that country’s
language is taken for granted.

Like back in the day in
Barcelona, you couldn’t not only

get away with English, you
couldn’t speak Spanish either.

Everyone’s both Catalan.

Can stupid Japanese
people finally stop with this?

We lost the war mentality?

Now, that is giving me a lot
of insight into this gentleman’s

politics when he uses the
we lost the war mentality?

Because it’s something
that right wingers say

that, you know, we
should stop sort of cow

towing to other countries
and bending our back.

Because yes, we lost the
war, but we lost the war

with so long ago, we could
still be proud of ourselves

and live up and, you know, be proud
of being Japanese, that kind of stuff.

This had some trouble.

He ended up closing his
restaurant for a short period of time.

The threads taught posts generated
over 65,000 likes and 10,000 retweets.

So that is showing you that
there is a large segment of Japan

that is on board with
this kind of attitude.

Or the retweets could just be sharing,

but the 65,000 likes, I
think it’s actually clear.

They’re saying they
actually like this as a concept.

This doesn’t seem like something
worth fighting over a question mark.

I’ve been rescued myself,
I’ve been rescued myself

going overseas and finding
an English menu available.

You don’t have to know English,
but currently it’s the spreading.

It’s spreading at the, let me start again.

This doesn’t seem like
something to worth fighting over.

This doesn’t seem like
something worth fighting over.

It’s a question mark is actually
putting it hard for me to say.

This doesn’t seem like
something worth fighting over.

That’s a statement, not a question.

I’ve been rescued myself going
overseas to find an English menu available.

You don’t have to know English,

but currently it’s spreading
as the words lingua franca.

And knowing it brings big benefits
for both companies and individuals.

So they’re saying that, yes, while
you don’t have to learn English,

it’s kind of like what
I’m saying, making small

accommodations in English
will actually help your business.

Another poster concurred
saying it’s been spirited

to reply the way the
shopkeeper did 10 years ago

when I asked foreigners what
they thought of Japanese people.

They uniformly say they’re pretty gentle.

I probably mean they kind.

But now I’m hearing
some say they’re so cold.

I guess the over capacity of tourists.

The over capacity of tourists is
a very recent phenomenon though.

So that’s really just a
post-COVID phenomenon.

So that is one why question
the veracity of that statement

only because this clearly
has to be a trend over time

for people to be changing their
opinions not just a very recent thing.

Although they could just be
talking to very recent tourists.

On the 21st, so the last month,
they were temporarily closing the store

due to mental and physical
stress from the controversy.

But of course, they did not
back down from their stance.

In their closure message
they said, I don’t know when

we’re opening again, but it’ll
be a bar that doesn’t depend

on the also precious white
personages who can’t read Japanese.

So this guy is decided to take a stand

and that stand is, I don’t
want foreigners in my bar.

They goes on, this is very good article.

This is from Unseen Japan,
which is a very good website.

So if you are interested in Japanese stuff,

Unseen Japan by J.
Allen, he actually goes on,

he does the article, which I
read most of it to you just now.

Then he goes on to go
further with our tourists

driving out the regulars, walk-ins or
challenge, strategies for handling the influx,

and then it gives you
some other stuff to read.

It’s a very good website.

I would highly recommend
it if you have the time

you could subscribe there
and enjoy some Unseen Japan

because they do have
very similar feeling

news to what we do
here at Ninja Ninja Japan.

Lawyers, everyone knows.

Lawyers is very lovable, fun-loving people.

But the bar association
thinks that you know what?

People don’t think people
love lawyers as much

as they could, so let’s
do something about that.

So they decided to make
some cute mascots and logos

to offset the image that lawyers
are strict and unapproachable.

I actually, if I wanted a lawyer, I
would want my lawyer to be fairly strict

and fairly unapproachable because I would
want him to be that way in the courtroom.

They’ve created a
character called Ben Tota.

Tora is tiger and Ben is the
kanji in Bengoshi, which is lawyer.

So on the top of his forehead is a
kanji, sort of built into the stripes.

It’s actually very subtle, it’s quite good.

So it’s a cute tiger character who is
supposed to soften the image of lawyers.

Tigers famously cute
and approachable animals

that everyone would think of as
first of you, say cute and approachable.

Everyone goes, oh yeah, you know, tigers.

It is a very cute-looking tiger.

500 designs were submitted from
the public and other organizations.

So basically, this is actually,
this kind of put me off the lawyer.

‘Cause companies
do this, they do like an

open call for designs,
but and they pick one.

But what they’re actually
getting is free samples and

they can pick the sample of
like best and reward that one.

But those other people
have still done the work.

And those other people don’t get paid.

There was another character in the article,

which is a big purple dog
with weird leaves on its head

and a symbol for lawyers on it,
which I did not understand at all.

So there were some pretty
like out there design choices.

I think the tiger was the
best one, probably of the

ones I saw, but I only saw
a few and of the ones I saw.

I don’t see how this is actually gonna,

like if you have a very
strict serious looking lawyer

having this mascot in
the same vicinity as him

is not going to make him
seem more cuddly and friendly.

I think, I don’t know.

Or maybe they’ll just make
it like we can talk to lawyers

and they can hold the
plushie of the tiger next

to them and be like, you
know, don’t talk to me.

Talk to, what was this name?

Ben Tota, talk to Ben
Tota and tell him your issues

and then I will go to court
and fight on your behalf.

Kyoto district legal affairs bureau staff,

another very strict
sounding group of people.

So we got a group of
lawyers and then these guys

who are the district legal affairs
bureau for the city of Kyoto.

So they’re gonna be pretty serious stuff.

There was a manager in his 50s

and he grabbed one of his
subordinates in his 20s by the chest.

I don’t know what that means.

By the chest, I would
assume the lapels of his jacket

if he was wearing a suit
jacket, but maybe he grabbed

his shirt, but grabbing by
the chest actually means,

like it sounds like he grabbed
two giant handfuls of peck.

I hope, I don’t know if that’s a sound
that peck’s make when you grab them.

So you grab those.

Actually, there’s no way it
would have been that powerful.

We knew, we know this
from the rest of the sentence

and then he started
kicking him around the

waist, which is a very
awkward way to do it.

It’s like, so tie boxing, they
grab the back your head

and they kind of like
knee you in the stomach.

This guy grabs your chest, your pecs.

Again, I think it must have
been the lapels of a jacket

and then he starts like
kicking you in the waist.

So he’s not getting a lot of leverage to
kick him very hard, which is a good thing

’cause I don’t actually
want people to get hurt,

but I’m also on the like, if you’re
gonna bother to hurt someone,

you might as well follow
through and do it right.

The reason he was grabbing this man
and doing very awkward kicks to his stomach

was that the man was discussing spoilers
from a recent manga called Oshino Ko.

I don’t read a lot of manga, so I
don’t actually know if this was good,

but apparently it’s a very plot-heavy story,
so the spoilers would be very important

to the kind of people who
actually read this comic.

The manager has been
transferred and the subordinate

reported no injuries, but
he did report it to the police.

There have been no charges yet.

When the supervisor was being
spoken to, he said, I don’t like spoilers.

Now, I personally don’t care about
spoilers, but I know other people do.

So I try not to give too many spoilers,
but the reason I don’t care about spoilers

is because I found out
there was a scientific study

that found that spoilers
don’t actually ruin

the value of entertainment of different
things, which is very interesting.

‘Cause they found what
happens when there is

information that you know,
your brain can then process

the information of the
story as it unfolds faster,

and you actually can at
times get more enjoyment

out of it, so let’s say a
very complicated story.

Having spoilers in the back of your
head actually simplifies the story,

and means you can follow
along more efficiently.

Now that isn’t a reason to
actually start spoiling things

for people, again, like I don’t
think spoilers are a big deal,

but other people do, and I
don’t wanna ruin their pleasure.

I think maybe the
internet has grown spoilers

into something that
it didn’t used to be.

So that is fair, don’t
spoil for things for people

who don’t want it spoiled for them,
but if you are the spoily in this case,

don’t grab people by the pecs
and start awkwardly needing

them in the stomach,
because that’s not any better.

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Number 2 best Japan News Podcast

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So you’re on the train in Japan.

When you see a man with
knives, what do you do?

You call the police.

That actually is not the
most unreasonable response.

I think people need to understand
that in Japan, carrying a knife is illegal.

Just straight up.

If there was a story, and it’s
the one that bugs me the most,

’cause there was a tourist,
and he went in to get to it,

like these little police
stations called Koma,

went into a coma, and
he talks to the cops,

he’s like, “I’m trying
to find this place.”

Basically, he’s just
trying to get directions.

And the police, given directions,
they talk to him and they

chat and they have him and they
go, “Hey, do you have a knife?”

And he goes, “Yeah.”

And he’s carrying a Swiss army knife,

little Swiss army knife, and
they arrest him right there.

And something people forget is
when they come from their country

to another country, the laws of
their country don’t come with them.

Actually, a lot of people
seem to be confused about the

rules in another country,
’cause they don’t look into it.

They just assume that my rights
and my freedoms are the same.

So, search and seizure rules.

You probably don’t know what
they are in different countries.

What’s legal to carry?

The reasons for it, you
probably don’t know it.

Japan has very strict
weapon cultures, not just guns.

Gun control, very high.

Anything that could be a weapon.

We had last couple of years
crossbows were made illegal.

Airsoft guns are tightly controlled.

The, in here we have
a guy carrying a knife.

And it’s just, where I
just lost that sentence.

We have a carrying a knife is illegal.

Unless you have a reason
for carrying the knife.

So, you see a man on the train in
Japan, he’s carrying multiple knives.

It makes sense to call the police.

Now, was he brandishing the knife?

Was he doing anything with it?

This is actually interesting
because I’ve ended up finding,

when I do an engine news Japan story, I
try to do like proper research to a degree.

I try to find multiple articles about the
same story so I can see what is consistent.

So that’s probably true.

I’m not gonna say factual.

And I can see if there’s
any inconsistencies.

One story said he had basically a knife
case, like one of those things you put,

you slide the knife into slots
and you roll it up and tie it up.

And one said he had
knives wrapped in a towel.

And the ends were poking out.

And one story said he
was brandishing a knife.

So somewhere in there is the truth.

These are supposed to be reporters.

I’m an engine news Japan.

I’m a guy who does this on his day
off with his dog sleeping on the bed.

For fun.

This is a hobby, it’s entertainment.

And I put more work into making
sure my stories are factually accurate.

Then major news sources.

You may have seen a
tweet or an Instagram post

I’ve put up recently on the
top 25 news in Japan list.

The first thing that gets
me is how specific that list is.

It’s not like, it did say the
little, “Oh, let me pull it up.”

So it’s the 25 best Japan news podcast.

Very specific category,
if we’re being honest.

The best Japan news podcast from
thousands of podcasts on the web.

Now that actually is a misnomer because
yes, there are thousands of podcasts,

but there are not thousands
of Japan news podcasts.

Ranked by traffic, social
media followers and freshness.

The engine news Japan.

That is okay traffic
for a podcast for sure.

And it’s absolutely fresh.

I mean, you’re tasting
it smelling it right now.

It’s fresh.

Social media followers, not so much.

That is, I admittedly might be as weakness.

You’ll see on the screen,
it Japan news podcasts.

Number one, deep dive from the Japan times.

Japan times is a national
newspaper in Japan.

And their little tagline is looking
beneath the surface of Japan.

We hear from Japan
times journalists and guests

about current events
and trends in Japan.

Number two, little podcast
called the engine news Japan.

All the news from Japan, there is no ninja.

Little, I guess, self-congratulatory
little, boop, boop, boop.

I don’t know what the
criteria was for that, really.

I bet an engine news
Japan is just the most

consistent Japanese news
podcast release schedule

because it is basically every
week I get one of these out.

So back to our knife man story.

So you call the police, you see guy,
oh, this is a happy end of the rules.

So you’re allowed to carry a knife.

You’re not allowed to
carry a knife in Japan.

You’re allowed to carry a
knife if you have a reason.

So let’s say I’m going fishing
and I am carrying with me a knife

for de-boning fish or scaling
fish or something to do with fishing.

The police would say, hey,
why do you have that knife?

Well, I’m going fishing and I’m going
to do some fish stuff with my fish knife.

There would be all right on your way.

I have a machete, be pretty rare in Japan.

They say, why do you have the machete?

Well, I’m a intense
gardener, extreme gardening.

That’s my job and I’m going to the
jungles of Japan and I’m going to machete.

Now that also would be
acceptable under Japanese law.

So I can’t just carry around a knife.

So this tourist who probably just
carried around a Swiss army knife

all the time, primarily, probably not
for the knife, but more for the screw.

The screwdriver was always
the thing I ended up using

the most or picking my
nails, that kind of thing.

That is not acceptable because
there’s no reason for you to carry a knife.

So this guy on the train, I
almost said there were it.

I got to keep the tension high.

So he sees the tension
that you have to build

so that people stay
for the whole podcast.

That end of the dirty story is
I always put them at the end.

At the next station, someone,
someone sees this guy, he’s got knives.

It calls the police, police rush
the train in the next station.

He’s a chef.

Now, he says he had adjusted the knife.

So maybe he has one
of those against sleeves

where all the knives
are in it and you roll it up.

Maybe they were wrapped in
towels in the ends or poking out.

So he was trying to make sure it was safe.

He was not brandishing,
according to this story that

seems the most reasonable,
he was not brandishing it.

He was probably making an
adjustment, probably for other

passenger safety because he
knew he was carrying knives.

But this stopped one of
the major lines in Tokyo,

which affects hundreds
of thousands of people.

So I don’t know.

It’s not unreasonable for the
person to have called the police.

The guy was not threatening anyone, though.

I’m going to assume I’m going to,
because if he isn’t actually a chef,

I think if he wasn’t a
chef, they would have said.

If he’s actually a chef, he’s
carrying his knives, carrying for work.

He’s being responsible.

And there’s no reason to
call the police on him, but

then we have all the crimes
in Japan or knife crimes.

I don’t know.

It’s a really tough situation because
I don’t know who’s in the wrong.

Maybe if you’re a chef
carrying your knives,

put the knives wrapped
up into a backpack.

or something else, just because you
can avoid this and not freak people out.

When making threats in any country, in any
scenario, it is important to be accurate.

There’s a man who felt it was completely
appropriate for him to make threats.

And so he’s unhappy about
the situation with Russia and the

aggressive nature of the
Russian Federation at the moment.

So he sent some emails and he
said, “I’ll put all workers through hell.”

Don’t really know what that means.

So all the workers in Russia, how are
you going to put them all through hell?

Why are you talking about
the workers specifically?

It seems like the government
is what you should be targeting.

He said, “Please kill the president.
Who are you sending that to?

Sending that to Russia?
Just please kill the president of Russia.”

I think he actually means Putin.

Russia has a president and Putin,
who is sort of the actual leader.

So I think this man maybe
doesn’t have it all together.

Let’s make Squzkiji a sea
of blood without any contact.

So let’s, as in you, people of Russia and
me, some a 50 year old man from Japan,

let’s go to these
disputed islands and fight.

I don’t know.

Now the problem was he thought he
was sending these to the Russian embassy,

but instead he sent the emails to the
Asahi Shimbun, which is a newspaper.

So he was inadvertently
threatening to make the

lives of every worker in
the Asahi Shimbun, hell.

He was threatening for them to kill
the president of the newspaper, the Asahi

Shimbun and he was saying, “Hey guys,
who are from the same country as me?

Let’s go to these disputed
islands and make a sea of blood.

So let’s kill everyone else together.
I’m not sure.”

He did say, “Okay, their
articles did not match my beliefs.”

And I thought I emailed the Russian
embassy, but instead I sent emails to the

Asahi Shimbun. So basically they
were writing articles about Russia.

He was saying, “The
Russian beliefs, I do

not agree with, so I
started sending emails,

probably clicked a link on
the article and started sending

emails to the Asahi Shimbun,
it’s retin making various threats.

It is obstruction of business.”

That’s clear.
I mean, that’s almost a given.

And I mean, think about it or be careful.

I don’t know. If you’re going to go
through the effort of threatening people,

at least making sure you’re
threatening the right people.

Russia is as an international
politics as a high school drama.

Russia used to Mark the end of
World War II as a day of military glory.

Okay, so basically we have
Remembrance Day, we have several days.

Each country has so to
their own version where

they remember the
horrors of World War II.

Japan has recently, like many
countries, sanctioned Russia.

And Russia seems to have taken that poorly.

So the lower house and Russian
parliament, I think it’s parliament.

Anyway, the lower house and Russian
government has voted to rename

the Day of Military Glory
to Day of Victory over

militaristic Japan in
the end of World War II.

That is some high school shit right there.

So we’ve invaded Ukraine.

A lot of Western countries don’t like it.

Japan doesn’t like it.
We’re somehow particularly

pissed that Japan has
taken the stance on this.

So we’re going to change the
day that World War II ended, our

celebration of that, and make
it specifically about Japan.

Oh yeah. Well, you don’t like
that we’re invading Ukraine?

Well, we’re going to
take the Day of Military

Glory and change it to
the Day of Victory over

militaristic Japan in
the end of World War II.

Technically speaking,
World War II is not ended.

This is something I’ve brought up before.
It’s interesting. It’s a little side fact.

There are disputed islands
at the North part of Japan.

And those islands are disputed between
Russia and Japan at the end of World War II.

Since they have not
come to a resolution,

they have not signed
an official peace treaty.

They’ve just kind of stopped fighting.

So because that peace
treaty has not been signed,

World War II very
technically is still ongoing.

No one’s going to say that seriously, but
until a peace treaty is signed in those,

that those islands are
resolved, like who actually owns

those islands, as long as
those claims are standing,

World War II is still happening.

So you’re cheating on
your partner. Your side

piece, they’re into it.
So they give you a hickey.

You go home. I got a
big hickey on my neck. My

partner is going to
find out I’ve been having

an affair. So what do
I do? There’s only one

solution I can think
of. Okay, realistically,

I had a girlfriend and I
gave her a hickey the

day before she had a
job interview and she was

losing her mind. So I went
online and looked, what

you’re supposed to do,
I don’t know if this was,

is take a cold spoon
and push it against the

hickey and that’ll
help it. So basically put

ice on it will help it heal
faster. She put makeup

on it, probably the
most reasonable solution

for being honest. This
person came up with

the non-reasonable
solution, which is great,

because that’s how it
becomes an engineer’s Japan

story. The number two
news on Japan podcast.

After people who are paid
to do this, so I mean, all right,

she calls the police. She calls 110
and she reports a sexual assault.

She says, it’s 6.30 am the
intercom in her apartment

or house rang. She opened the door and a
man came in, took off her top, touched her

inappropriately, gave
her a hickey and left.

Now, if I am reporting
a sexual assault, more

happens. A guy is not
going to grab you, touch your

boobies, give you a
hickey and leave. So that’s

where actually the first
drop of suspicion would

come into it. That is a
very strange sexual assault.

If you were walking
down the street and a guy

grabs you, there’s
other people rounding and

runs away, that makes
sense. He’s got you in his

your apartment. It’s private.
No one’s going to walk in on you, probably.

I don’t know. So the
police were obviously

suspicious, or they were
just taking her seriously.

Actually, pretty fair,
they probably just took her

at a word. She says she
was sexually assaulted.

Let’s go try to find the
guy. They find out she

wasn’t at home at 6.30.
There’s footage of her

coming home quite casually after 7 o’clock
in the morning. I also have a thing about

very early morning
crime. I think once you get

after 4am, no one’s
really at their best. So

if I was going to commit
crime, any crime, it

would be in the, like
around the 1am period,

maybe 2. I’m not
functional at 4 or 5, 6 in the

morning, which is when
you’d have to get up and

get ready to do these
crimes that happened at

6.30 in the morning. The
police looked at security

footage. The woman was
not home. They found footage

of her coming home.
That is when they started

talking to her more
seriously and she admitted

that she had not been
sexually assaulted. She was

just trying to hide the
fact that she was having a

fair and explained the
hickey that was on her neck.

She could have just stuck
a vacuum on when her

boyfriend came home and
been like, “Hey, look what I

did. Ha ha ha ha.” There
you go. I’m just a weird

quirky lady doing weird
quirky things giving

myself hickey’s. I think
I actually just found

a better solution like
as making a stupid joke,

I think it’s more reasonable
than calling the police.

Nintendo is a big company.
They have an annual

shareholder meeting where
they talk about business

stuff with business people
who have shares. These

are not gamers. These
are business people and

all they care about is numbers go up. It’s
going to be the theme for the next C-McB.

You should look out
for that later this week.

C-McB podcast is my
other podcast where I

talk about not news
from Japan, but honestly,

I think this episode is going to be
talking about news. If you like the

Ninja Japan news and
commentary, which is the

color commentary and
editorializing is what you

come from. You might
actually enjoy this other

episode. I would say, give
C-McB a try this week.

So these are not gamers.
They’re business people

who want to do business
stuff and make business

decisions and make
money and numbers go to

the, well, if I’m looking
at it, it goes to the

right and up. So right
and up. But if I’m looking

away, if I’m standing
like to the audience,

it would be to the left
still up up is the important

part. Unless you turn
it around and that’s bad.

A Splatoon fam, there
was a part of this article

I legit did not
understand. He didn’t have

enough money to buy shares.
He got money and bought

a switch for 40,000 yen
sold it immediately for

25,000 yen and somehow
that got him into the

shareholder meeting.
I was very confused.

as to what that actually
meant. Did he buy a single

share for 25,000 yen? I
shouldn’t have done that.

I should have looked
up the price of a share of

Nintendo. It sounds like
that’s what he did. But if

he had the 40,000 yen, he
could have bought a single

share with the 40,000 yen
and not bought the switch.

Very confused as to what
was going on there. He’s

a Splatoon fan. He
hijacks the meeting because

you’re allowed to ask
questions to the president

stuff. So he’s speaking
to the president of

Nintendo. And what does
he do? He starts complaining

that the male characters
who are I believe called

Inklings about the male
characters treatments

compared to the female
characters treatment in the

game. Like the males
are not treated as well as

the females. The focus
of advertising and stuff

is all on the female
characters, not the male

characters. The male
characters deserve equal time

compared to the females. The Nintendo
president literally scolds him, says,

he says, you have one
minute, you know, make your

point or ask your question.
He’s supposed to be

asking questions. But
he’s not actually asking a

question. He’s just making
complaints. Apparently he

has printouts and like
things to show like charts

and whatnot. He scolds
him for wasting time

because he didn’t really
have a question. His

basic statement was
stop favoring the female

characters in Splatoon.
And then there are a whole

bunch of comments about
this is why you don’t let

gamers into business
stuff. And then they’re all

like, I wouldn’t even
want to work with this guy.

But in a way, this is
the kind of person you’re

taking money from. This
is the kind of person you

should listen to because
if you maybe do what he

says, you’ll make more
money and then number goes

right and up. So maybe
think about that. It

would be weird to be
a fan of his franchise,

have a really passionate
and start making statements.

And then the president
of that company turns

around and says, dude,
do you actually have a point

or a question or do you
have actually have a question?

And you don’t, you have
a point that no one in

that room cares about.
And this is sort of the,

maybe the point where they’re
like saying, read the room.