What was the cruelest thing a school teacher did to you or someone else?

At Quora, there was a someone asking for What was the cruelest thing a school teacher did to you or someone else? I have decided to share my story from my 1st (and 3rd) year of the school. It was very strange years… My first year in my elementary was cruel all year round due […]

How the End-of-the-Day Meeting at Japanese Schools Endorse Horrible Totalitalian Whistle-blowing

(This is a translated/enhanced edition of the Japanese article originally published on 2013-11-25, due to some interests from Freenet users, I am publishing English translated version.) When I was attending a Japanese elementary school, very long time ago, beginning around the year 1986, the end of each day was an end-of-the-day meeting. Generally, important information […]

A Statement Regarding Interview by NHK of Japan About Tor Technology

This is a document originally written on September 20th, regarding interview about Tor conducted by NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) Written on 9/20/2012 I’ve received inquiries from NHK (Nippon Housou Kyoukai) regarding interview they want to do with me. As they will be having a discussion of anonymizing technology in their show called Science Zero to […]

Social Expectations in Japan and Why I Can’t Ever Live in Japan

During Sakura-Con, I had chance listening to Roland Kelts talking about foreigner living in Japan. He said that if foreigners visit Japan, they can’t be one of them (Japanese) but they will be able to enjoy benefit of being in Japan without being expected to be Japanese. (and any effort of blending into them will […]

Donation for Earthquake, Tsunami in Japan

As you probably know by now, North-Eastern part of Japan has suffered major earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which caused devastating damage to the region. They are dealing with many problems still; aftershocks, additional earthquake (yes you heard it right…Shizuoka region got hit by another — not as strong, but still major one) as well as […]

Sakuranbo Elementary School Fiasco

Sakuranbo, a Japanese word for cherry, sounds quite innocent. Probably so if you stick that as name of the elementary school, well, unless it was already being used by mature themed sexual game (eroge) group. Here’s what happened. In Higashine city in Yamagata prefecture, there is new elementary school being built. Since Higashine city is […]

On Japanese E-mail Mannarism

One of Japanese “E-mail mannerism” article is causing bit of arguments on twitter. Idea is that the article is saying that one should be suffixed with sama (Japanese Mr./Ms.) to names showing up in “TO” header, which a lot of people claim it is bad know-how. I actually believe it is very bad idea. Simply […]

JASRAC to Collect Copyright Fee for Singing on Twitter?

There have been some shock in Japanese internet users when Mizuo Sugawara, the director of Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers also known as JASRAC, said posting portion of lyric on Twitter can be subject to copyright fee payment. It seems to be bit ambiguous how this can be enforced, as what […]

The Way Japan Treats Japanese

There’s a law in Hyogo, and now Saitama prefecture that forces parents writing essay to their carrier in order to the parents to lift mandatory internet filtering service on their childs’ mobile phones. It is their effort of preventing children in their community to not be exposed to inappropriate contents, but I just felt it’s […]

Death of Anime and Games in Tokyo

I have posted new article called Death of Anime and Games in Tokyo (now renamed to Tokyo Wholesome Youth Fostering Ordinance). This page talks about new ordinance in Tokyo which could change anime and games created in Japan in a negative way. I feel this is very important and deserve its own page, and the […]

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