I should just start with the news.
The news doesn’t come in like talk.
They just go.
And that’s, I’m pretending to be a new show, right?
So we’re a new show.
Remember, a few weeks back, maybe it was last
month, a woman went on Twitter and she threatened
to release siren gas and kill a bunch of people.
She was arrested.
Again, she used her own account so she wasn’t particularly hard to find.
So when they found her, they arrested her.
Turns out she was primarily an anti-smoking
activist and politician, but she had actually
failed to be successful as a politician.
I was interested in the punishment.
That’s why I kind of tried to keep up with the story.
She threatened to kill people.
She had no siren gas.
She didn’t have the ability to do it.
But she was threatening to kill people.
So I guess just public threats.
What is the punishment for that?
The jail time was it’s a fine.
Turns out it’s 300,000 yen.
It’s, you’d say $3,000?
That’s a lot for posting a tweet.
That’s just really simple.
Daegli just found that interesting because yeah, we hear about the crimes.
We also need to know about the punishments.
I feel like I haven’t got my groove.
That first story was sort of the warm up and I feel that.
It’s weird how much of a skill this actually is.
Time to learn some Japanese.
I mean, you’re here, you’re interested in
Japanese culture, you’re interested in Japanese news.
It’s time to learn some Japanese.
Give you some context first.
The legend of Zelda, tears of the kingdom came out very recently.
Before that, it had not come out yet.
That’s when this story takes place.
Cast your mind back in time.
To before, legend of Zelda, tears of the kingdom was released.
Some people really, really, really liked that game.
They really want to be part of that world.
They’ve been desperate for a new Zelda game forever.
So much so they’re willing to go to nefarious behavior to acquire a copy of Zelda.
So two people became part-time Amazon delivery
drivers in order to upon release day be able to steal the game.
Thing is, Amazon gets copies two to three
days in advance so they can deliver on release
This has got two terms.
It’s Naibeke and Uchibeke.
This is when a company worker steals product from their own company.
So these two men joined Amazon day or two before the release of Zelda.
They grab a copy for themselves and then they disappear.
So that’s actually when it became very suspicious.
So they were both in their 20s.
Zelda release date is just around the corner.
It’s like a day or two later and these two guys stop coming into work.
The manager calls the house of one of the men
and he asks the parent, maybe I think this was the mom.
What’s your son doing right now?
She says he’s playing a game.
He sort of pressed her on that and turns out
she found out it was Zelda, a game that had not been released yet.
Of course, he was immediately fired.
He was forced to return the game and pay for the game.
He had to pay for the game he did not get to
keep, which is kind of the appropriate level
of kicking the nuts for this kind of thing.
The second man, he stole not only the game itself, he stole related goods to the game.
So you get like, I don’t know, statues and
books and other things and t-shirts and stuff.
He stole all that kind of stuff.
He was found out, he was arrested.
He actually admitted that reselling stolen goods was actually his main job.
So if I can, the first guy basically return the game, pay, I assume like 7, 8,000 yen.
I am interested to see what the second guy,
what he gets in trouble for because it seems like a much more serious situation.
So we have a 50-year-old man.
Because we’ve had a theme running for the last few months at least.
I think it’s, no, we’ve hit like six months of 50-year-old man getting in trouble.
It’s usually pervy stuff.
This one is a non-pervy 52-year-old man who
got in trouble, which is a breath of fresh air.
It’s refreshing for me as a 50-year-old man
to know that some of my peers are not creepy.
So it’s not, it’s not a single paintbrush.
You can color the entirety of the 50-year-old male group, demographic.
Some of us, I don’t know about me, I’m not
talking about me, some of us are not perves.
Still got in trouble though.
This 52-year-old man was arrested for uploading gameplay videos to YouTube.
Now that, I stream, I cut my gameplay videos
into like clips and I upload clips of me playing
So I was very interested in this, or I was like, what, is this not okay?
When I get arrested in Japan for this, he uploaded three videos.
They were Stein’s Gate, My Darling Embrace, which is a game that was released in 2013.
So you’re like, it’s a really old game.
Who cares if he uploads gameplay of this?
It was recently ported to the Switch, PS4 and PC.
Now the videos were monetized and that actually
puts you in a worse situation because he’s making money off the thing he’s uploaded.
My videos are not monetized because no one watches.
These monetized videos contained the game’s ending.
And that’s actually where it becomes a big deal
because Stein’s Gate, My Darling’s Embrace, is a visual novel.
So essentially what he’s done is he’s taken a novel, uploaded it to the Internet.
I don’t know if he’s speed running or something,
but he basically gave away the ending, which
with companies saying, “D incentivizes people from actually buying the game.”
So it’s negatively impacting their IP if
you post the ending to a visual novel on the Internet.
I actually agree with that philosophically.
I think that’s true.
This is called Netabade.
Netabade is basically the English translation would be like a spoiler.
So because he’s monetized a video that he’s posted on the
Internet that has spoilers in it, the company came after him.
This guy is also done fast content, something we’ve talked about before.
So you get a anime series or a movie and you
cut it down into like essentially primary
plot points and you post that like five minute
summary, ten minute summary of the movie of the anime series up to the Internet.
He had racked up 5.5 million views of his
Steins gate fast content and clearly he’s going
to be in trouble for copyright violation of some sort.
Again, I’m very interested in see where this ends up.
I’ll take off my hat for this one.
90% of experienced recruiters wouldn’t hire balding people.
No, I understand pretty privileged.
I did psychology and university a bit and I really enjoyed it and something I took in
and pretty privileged is something that we can’t help.
We like to deny it sort of on an intellectual
level, but the reality is attractive people have easier lives.
They have a easier lives because other people,
they want to be close to the attractive people,
they want those attractive people to be happy with
them, they want those attractive people in their lives.
Current beauty standards, baldness and balding is
not considered a peak trait for attractiveness.
A company that specializes in thinning hair.
So there’s a little bit bias in this.
Maybe I was a little, mmm, got to look into that one a bit.
They did some research, they did some surveys.
They had AI generated faces, so let’s just pretend it’s my face.
They had my face with full hair, with thinning hair and with no hair.
And they did this for a few hundred images and then they would mix them up.
So you would see my face over the course of this process two or three times.
But the volume of hair I have would be changed in each picture.
These recruiters were supposed to rank whether
or not they would hire the person based on what they’re seeing.
It turns out that 90% of experienced recruiters would not hire balding people.
They broke it down into sort of demographics
teens to 30, so this is really just 20s.
90% said no.
40s, so 30 to 40, 86.8% no, and 40 to 50, 75% said no.
So as you get older, maybe you get more used
to people being bald or you understand that
balding is something they don’t have more
control over or you get more conscious or you’re less affected by pretty privilege.
I don’t know, that’s pretty tough.
We wouldn’t get all these 50 year old men creepy
stories if they weren’t affected by attractiveness.
93.3% of the recruiters did say appearance is important.
I agree with that.
I mean, you’re presenting yourself to other
people how you appear is really the first thing they’re going to see.
I can’t argue with that at all.
It is just too bad because how much hair I have, I have very little control over.
Now the thing is, here we get to whether they were conscious of it.
So that was, they were just saying yes, maybe
no, yes, maybe no on each face that came up, let’s say.
They weren’t conscious of the statistics until after.
So then they said consciously, does this matter, does this not matter?
1.8% admitted it was an influence.
16.7% said it did matter, but not 100%.
31.1% said not much.
24.9% said not at all, 25.5% were neutral, which
shows that their bias towards people with full
heads of hair is subconscious and they’re not even aware of it.
So maybe if they can be made aware of it, they
can make better recruiting decisions based
a little less on appearance and a little more on skills and quality.
But at the end of the day, pretty privilege
is a thing and a big part of pretty privilege.
is having luscious, beautiful mains of hair,
which is why I’m growing a massive beard because
it’s the only way I’m going to make up for the difference.
Talking about image and needing people and
hiring and recruiting, the SDF, Japan’s version
of the military, self-defense force, they
are talking about lifting the ban on tattoos,
because they don’t have enough people joining up.
So here’s one of the problems of having sort
of a strict society is you need people to
If people start doing the things that your
strict society doesn’t like, then you’re going
to like unilaterally declare them unfit and not the right people for the job.
But you might end up needing those people for the job.
So over the last couple years, the SDF has
been reaching out to sort of otaku nerd culture
by using like anime girls and stuff in their
advertising, trying to push onto an untapped segment of the population.
Now, nerds famously aren’t particularly
athletic and stuff, but let’s face it, modern
military, you might be flying drones and working computers and doing admin.
You don’t need to be particularly fit to do that.
But at this point, there are other people who,
if they have a tattoo, the military is like, we will not take you.
One of the guys speaking in charge of the military
said, look, there’s a difference now between fashion tattoos and yet kusa tattoos.
All this tattoo stuff comes from the fact
that criminals used to be branded in tattooed
and then after that, it became like a point of
pride for the yakuza that have lots of tattoos
and then they got into these sort of ornate ceremony like tattoos all over their body.
That’s a thing.
There’s a different thing.
I have a small tattoo on my shoulder and another small tattoo on my back.
That is clearly not indicating that I’m a yakuza.
It’s not saying I’ve been in prison.
I got my tattoos in my late teens.
It is what they’re talking about is a fashion tattoo.
I did it because I thought it would be cool.
I wanted to be a cool guy.
I wanted a girl to look at me and go, ooh, bad boy, he’s got tattoos.
It kind of worked for a bit.
And then that pretty privilege wore off.
It didn’t work anymore.
So there’s that.
And then there’s also the declining birth
rate in Japan means there’s less young people.
There’s less young people overall.
There’s less young people to recruit into the military.
If you can’t recruit more people into the military, you need to broaden the allowable
offenses that they have done so that you can maintain a military.
So they’re really talking about saying, let’s put it very simply.
If you don’t have full body dragon, koi, demon tattoos,
that’s not the tattoos we’re talking about anymore.
What we’re talking about is fashion tattoos.
Those are going to be acceptable in the military going forward.
I’m actually interested because politicians being old and conservative.
I bet they’re not cool with this, but then you
turn out you don’t have a military to defend yourself from North Korea.
They might change their mind pretty quickly on tattoos.
Now, this is another story about posting stuff on the Internet.
I actually should have put this at the beginning with the other one.
They’re now over the last year.
They’ve introduced Internet slander laws.
So you’re not allowed to go on the Internet and just say shit about people is not true.
The thing is, this is a young man 22 who wrote fake stories about a plastic surgeon.
Now the plastic surgeon is very famous.
His name is Takasu.
So you’re going to hear, if you come to Japan, you’ll actually see Takasu Clinic.
They’ll have that commercial.
Now, this guy is very unique in that he’s a
Holocaust denier and he denies the existence of the Nanking massacre.
He says it’s exaggerated, but I think we also know what that really means.
Now on the flip side of that, he’s very rich
and during the 1995 earthquake, he actually
donated a lot of money and he helped a lot of people.
So is he a complete son of a bitch?
No, but is he a good person?
It’s pretty much a no there too.
It’s tough because he is clearly just very pro-Japanese.
And does that make him inherently bad?
That’s not a question I’m going to be able to
answer because I’ve never met them in Japan.
So this 22-year-old post, post some stories
that Takasu had killed people in a car accident, which is not true.
But people believed it and it was slandering his reputation.
What do you get for this?
For posting false stories on the Internet, he wrote four total.
He’s gotten three years, but 10 months imprisonment.
So he’s going to go to jail for 10 months right now.
And he’s going to be basically on probation for three years if he gets in trouble.
He actually has to go directly back to prison.
So even if you’re ripping on a piece of shit,
you actually have to focus on the piece of shit stuff.
So this is actually maybe how to, I guess it’s not slander then.
If he had written stories about how Takasu was a Holocaust denier, that’s not slander.
That’s just, he said that you could actually
cite the source of him saying that thing and you wouldn’t get in trouble at all.
Just only be aware of if you’re in Japan or
you’re going to talk about Japanese people, the
laws have gotten pretty strict about what you’re allowed to say about other people.
You just want to shit on them and make stuff up.
You can actually go to prison for that and you can go to prison for like a year.
Asapuro assembly speaker decided that it would
be a really good idea to vote for himself.
I think every politician does that.
They go into the thing and they vote.
Everyone makes a joke about like, who did you vote for?
It’s like a standard media joke with the politician.
I’m fine with that.
Then he thought, you know what?
I didn’t get enough votes for myself for myself.
I’m going to pretend to be my mom and then vote for myself again.
Now my initial instinct got me excited about
the story was I was like, oh, did he dress
up like a woman and go and vote for himself again pretending to be his mother?
Yeah, I didn’t work that way.
Which would make sense.
I think if I showed up to vote in a dress
saying I was my mom, people might be suspicious.
He took advantage of postal voting.
So his mother is disabled.
There’s voters with disabilities can mail in their ballot.
So he did that, voted for himself and sent it in.
Actually, doesn’t 100% say he didn’t vote for himself.
He voted for himself.
I think we can make the assumption.
How did they find out?
And this is the one that maybe hurts the most.
His mom ratted him out.
So he took his mother’s ballot.
He voted for himself.
He sent it in.
You can kind of assume that mom would vote for
her son, but that’s not necessarily the case.
Because if mom is willing to rat you out,
that means mom might not be 100% on board with you being a politician.
That might mean that mom was going to vote for someone else.
So you stole her vote.
So I think actually what happened here is she went to vote for someone else.
He had already taken her ballot, voted for himself and sent it in.
And she called the cops on him, which is, ah, it’s insane.
Here’s someone who’s made some bad life
decisions, which is the heartless soul of the Indian New York people.
People just continuing to make bad decisions.
And we got to keep that going because I need content.
He hits the guy in a scooter.
He’s driving his car.
There’s a guy in an electric scooter going down the road.
He hits that guy.
He would get enough points from this accident to have his license revoked.
If he has his license revoked, he’s not going to be able to go to work.
I don’t know where he lives or the situation.
So apparently public transportation was not on the table for this.
Or maybe he had a job where he had to drive.
So losing his license was out of the question.
He goes to a hearing to try to get a reduced
sentence to lose some of those points that he was going to have put on top of him.
He produces a letter written by the victim saying that basically he forgives him.
It isn’t such a big deal.
I guess that is a thing.
If I can get the person I hit by accident to
say he was an accident, he didn’t mean it.
He’s a good guy.
I could get a reduced sentence.
Kanji is hard.
Kanji is the Chinese characters used in Japanese.
And they’re hard.
I studied them and I’ve honestly kind of given up.
I am thinking I should go back to school or
something to do some more practice and more speaking.
It’s sort of buck up my level a little bit.
But at the end of the day, I’m probably never actually going to learn how to read.
It’s just too much.
Maybe you want to retire?
I’ll have the time to sit and study Kanji all day.
I do not have that time right now.
The cop notices Kanji for the man’s name.
His own name is written incorrectly.
As soon as the guy is pushed on it, he confesses that he wrote the letter himself.
So he hits someone with a scooter.
I don’t know.
Probably some bad decisions were made in there.
He decides to forge a letter.
Does not check the name closely enough so he gets it slightly wrong.
Gets caught on that and immediately gives himself up.
That is someone who needs to rethink all of their life decisions.
This is the last story of the day.
It is therefore the creepy guy story of the day.
This guy is 22 years old.
That’s two or three stories today.
We have 22 year olds.
So they got their own thing going on.
He went to the men’s bathroom in a train station.
He took off all his clothes.
And then he hit them.
I don’t know where he hit them, maybe up on the shelf or something.
He took all his clothes full of what put them away.
So no one would know when he hit them.
He then sneaks into the women’s bathroom.
And he gets his smartphone out.
He brought it with and wasn’t in his pocket
because his pocket is back in the clothes in the other bathroom.
He gets out his smartphone and he starts
trying to take pictures of women going to the toilet.
A woman who is in the bathroom, I assume looks up.
It’s either over under the stall that the
Japanese stalls go almost all the way to the grounds.
That’s going to be really hard.
So she notices that someone is pointing a
smartphone camera over the top of the stall.
And she freaks out as completely appropriate to do that.
The guy, completely naked, runs back into the
men’s bathroom to get his clothes and get.
out of there.
During that time, the woman goes to the station attendant.
Station attendant calls the police.
They’re probably police in the area.
There’s always police around, sort of big stations.
The police show up and they arrested the guy pretty, pretty easily.
He wanted to take pictures of women peeing.
He admitted that straight up.
There is a big question in this story.
And the big question for me is why do you take off all his clothes?
So we can assume part of the reason he was caught so easily.
He was going to get caught anyways.
There’s cameras, there’s other stuff.
If you had to use a ticket to get into the
station or something, they’re going to track all that.
He’s going to get caught.
You’re going to get caught way more easily
if he has to go into a bathroom, retrieve his clothes.
Because I don’t know where he hid them.
I was actually thinking if he hid them in a
stall and someone else was using that stall, he
would have had to wait for that person to finish using that stall.
It’s the naked part that’s always going to stand out.
Because if someone else comes in, I’m standing
outside the stall naked, waiting for the
person in the stall to finish so that I can go in to retrieve my hidden clothing.
Someone else comes in the bathroom, sees me completely naked.
They’re going to call the station staff too.
What do I got going on?
This is a big problem.
So he goes back into the bathroom, has to put
on his clothes, putting it in your clothes takes
If he has shoes on, I did he have bare feet.
That’s now the question.
Being naked is one thing.
Being naked with bare feet, trying to run around a station.
You’ve got to take off your shoes to put your pants on and your underwear.
This was a bad plan.
Clearly, for him and his fetish, being completely naked was part of the process.
But the reality is that level of inhibition to
his escape, obviously not a personal inhibition because he’s naked.
The inhibition to his escape is so severe
that it made it just 100 times easier for the cops to catch him.
I understand that people with fetishes of this
degree, their brains get kind of overwhelmed.
But if you’re going to commit these kinds
of crimes, this is Ninja Nusra Pym, Criminal
Advice of the Day, you’ve got to have an escape plan.
And that escape plan cannot include, I’m going
to stop and take the time to put my clothes back on.
That’s just factually, you have to have a plan
of egress when you are going to commit your crimes.
And if you don’t have that, don’t commit the crime.
So plan of attack, ingress, execution, egress, that is the most basic plan.
Each one of those has to be as efficient as possible.
Or just don’t let your fetishes overwhelm
you to the degree where you end up naked in a
women’s bathroom trying to take pictures of them peeing.