アノニマスの見解 Ep. 3.5: 芸能界の闇

Hello internet.


Things are going to be a little different from usual this time, as this episode’s theme comes by request from another member of our collective. And the theme today is “sextortion in the entertainment industry”. Why you ask? Because it’s an aspect of the entertainment world in Japan that few ordinary people know or hear about. So, let’s go over not just what’s been said around the issue, but also about the sort of mindset we need to properly deal with it.

2017年2月12日、人気上昇中のタレント清水富美加が「幸福の科学(HAPPY SCIENCE)」に出家するというニュースが世間の注目を集めた。この「幸福の科学」という宗教はいったい何なのか、気になるかもしれないが今本筋には関係無い。肝心なのは彼女がなぜ事務所を辞め出家したのかということだ。
On February 12th 2017, Fumika Shimizu, actress and rising star, announced that she was quitting showbiz and joining the infamous religious cult “Happy Science”. There’s a lot that can be said about Happy Science, little of it good, but that’s not the main issue here, so we’ll have to leave that for another time. What is important is the reason she decided to walk away from her career and her contract in the industry.

Naturally, in order to quit, Ms. Shimizu had to lawyer up and negotiate with her employer to get out of her contract. On February 1st, the Happy Science legal team made formal contact, stating that Ms. Shimizu wanted to quit as of February 20th, citing unreasonable working conditions, including a 31-day work month for a salary of 50,000 yen, and being forced to participate in swimsuit shots and movie appearances that went against her personal values. Above that, certain terms in the contract stipulated that Ms. Shimizu was forbidden the professional use of her own name even after cancellation, and even demanded the right to ignore medical orders if they interfered with her ability to work. The terms seemed more suited to a slavery agreement, not an employment contract. In other words, a notorious cult group was expressing shock at the labor practices of an entertainment industry company. Let that sink in.

そしてついに事務所が清水富美加本人に枕営業をさせていたのではないかという証拠まで発覚した。これは漫画家西原理恵子の描く漫画「ダーリンは70歳 LOVE007」の一節だ。西原理恵子の彼氏高須克弥氏が事務所からの枕営業を断る様子が描かれている。この漫画の登場人物の見た目、当時の年齢、すべてが問題の人物とぴたりと一致するのだ。この本の内容がすべて事実であれば、清水富美加は望まない性接待の強要を苦にして事務所を引退したと考えるのが妥当だろう。
As the case wore on, information surfaced that suggested Ms. Shimizu may have been pressured into sex for the sake of her career. These pages are from the “My Darling is 70 Years Old, LOVE 007”, a manga by cartoonist Rieko Saibara. In it, Rieko Saibara’s boyfriend Katsuya Takasu is depicted objecting to demands for sexual favors from an entertainment industry office. The appearance of the characters in the manga, the ages, everything matches exactly with Ms. Shimizu’s situation. Assuming that the manga is in any way based on facts, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume that Fumika Shimizu decided to walk away from her contract because of similar demands by her employer.

None of us are happy with, or willing to tolerate, sleazy entertainment executives abusing their power to trample the rights of their employees. But the situation with Fumika Shimizu, unfortunately, is just the tip of a very large, very ugly iceberg. And sexual exploitation is an endemic problem in the entertainment industry.

On February 8th 2017, Rina Matsuno, a member of the idol group “Ebichu”, died tragically and suddenly at the age of 18. Although her death was reported as due to illness, considering the terms of employment brought to light in Ms. Shimizu’s case, the thought that it might be due to extreme pressure from unreasonably working conditions is hardly out of the question.

This is the idol group “Kamen Joshi”, first place winners of the Oricon Weekly Single Ranking in 2015. On January 8th of the same year, “Shuukan Bunshun” reported allegations of sexual misconduct by the president of Kamen Joshi’s management company towards members of the group. Four former members provided evidence to the paper in the form of e-mails, photos, and audio recordings, and two members gave vivid accounts of Seiji Ikeda, former president of the company, coercing members into sexual relationships against their will. Beyond just sexual coersion, further allegations surfaced of manipulative editing by NHK commercial broadcast stations, and absurd financial penalties levied on members trying to leave the group. On July 9th of that year, Karen Tsukimiya, a member of the group, committed suicide.

And finally, among all the despicable practices of the entertainment industry, we come to a group no less tainted by controversy for its size and popularity. I am referring, of course, to AKB48 group. Some former members who have already “graduated” from the group tell of forced sexual exploitation by stakeholders in the AKB franchise.

1.2008 年にAKB48を卒業した中西里菜は、「週刊大衆」に自身の性接待強要の経験を語っている。アイドルデビューから間もない17歳の頃に30-40歳くらいの業界人に無理矢理ホテルに連れ込まれ関係を持たされたそうだ…しかもこれが初体験だったというから非常に気の毒だ…
2.16歳でAKBに加入した高松理恵も、AKB加入後間もない17歳の時に年上の知 らない人に強引にホテルに連れ込まれ初体験を奪われたと、雑誌のインタビューで語っている。「私の初めてを返し て~!」という彼女の言葉が悲痛さを物語っている…明記はされていないがこれも業界人による性接待強要だろう。ほぼすべての枕営業が強姦まがいなのかもしれな い…
1. Nakanishi Rina who graduated of the idol group in 2008 told weekly newspaper “Shuukan Taisyuu” about her experience with such exploitation. Reportedly, almost immediately after her idol debut at the age of 17, she was forced to have sex…her first experiences, no less… in random hotel rooms with men as old as 30 or 40.
2. Rie Takamatsu, who joined AKB at the age of 16, told a very similar story in a magazine interview, stating that she was forcibly taken to a hotel room by a stranger against her will at age 17, shortly after joining the group. Her own words, “give me back my first time”, are painfully telling.…Although not explicitly stated, there’s ample reason to believe this is sexual coersion by members of the entertainment industry, and nothing less than rape…
3. Sato Seira, former member of a related idol group “SKE48”, related similar experiences of being brought to a hotel room by entertainment industry executives. Though thankfully, she was able to refuse by claiming to feel unwell and escape abuse at the time.

If these stories are true, there’s little doubt that these are only the tip of the iceberg, and that the AKB48 group’s management is forcing its young members into sex not as an exception, but as a rule. Young girls who jump into the entertainment industry in pursuit of their dreams can find themselves trapped within it, unable to seek help from friends and family, forced to suffer in silence. And as vile and depraved as this practice is, the victims may feel they have no choice but to tolerate it.

Knowing the depths and the nature of the sexual depravity at work within the bowels of AKB48’s management, and that of other idol groups, if you have a shred of human decency in you, can you stand to overlook this? If you’re a parent with children who dream of one day becoming idols themselves, and you know the kind of sexual coersion at work in the industry, can you truly allow your children to fall into the hands of men like these? We would hope nobody would be foolish enough to say Yes. If you’re a fan of AKB48 or any idol group, knowing the nature of the abuse in the industry, can you really ignore it and simply ask your precious idols to soldier on for the sake of your entertainment? Or for the sake of your own one-sided egotistical love affairs with them?

Then there are cases like this. On December 21st 2005, the Tokyo District Court (presiding Judge Hiroshi Noyama) awarded damages of 3.2 million yen to three former members of the idol group “Four Rush” related to charges of forced prostitution by their management company. According to the ruling, the president of the affiliated record company made the members bear a part of CD production costs, and tried to sell sexual services by the members for 30,000 yen in November of 1999. Executives in the entertainment industry tried to claim that this was “normal in the entertainment world”, but Judge Nooyama rebuked this argument, stating that “in our society, forced prostitution isn’t just offensive to public morals, it’s illegal”.

Sexual coersion in the entertainment industry is very real, and very harmful, resulting in broken lives and even driving some to suicide. This is not an issue to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, with each new tragedy existing in a vacuum. If we understand that the very environment created by the entertainment industry is abnormal, if we have the courage to join our voices together and accuse the industry as a whole, we…all of us…can begin to put a stop to this. Join us. If you feel scared for your safety, then use anonymity as a shield like we do. But either way, it’s time to start criticizing the entertainment industry and the idol business for what it is, and to start moving against it.

If you’ve made it this far and want to support this cause, we’re starting a side series on this channel, “GEINOUKAI NO YAMI”. There’ll be more information on the issue coming from there.

This was ANONYMOUS NO KENKAI. And until next time… MACHIUKENASAI.




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アノニマスの見解 Ep.3: 共謀罪、監視、そして執行費用

Hello internet. Welcome back to ANONYMOUS NO KENKAI.

And I hope you enjoyed all the politics in the last episode, because there’s yet more politics in this one.

Okay, seriously, I know politics are boring. But don’t worry, we’re going to get to some practical stuff really soon. But first, we need to talk about the Conspiracy Law. I actually want to talk about what we should do in the face of the Law more than the Law itself, but a very brief primer may be necessary, so let’s get that out of the way.

In 2000 the Japanese government signed the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, which has a pretty self-explanatory name. But even though they signed it, they haven’t ratified it yet because Japan is missing one important thing to be fully compliant with it: laws against criminal conspiracy.

I’m not a lawyer, so my understanding of this will be fuzzy at best, but to the best of my understanding, it’s always been illegal for individuals to plan a crime. But Japan has no laws that allow members of an organization to be collectively charged if the organization plans to commit a crime. The new Conspiracy Law would allow the police to treat members of a designated “criminal group” as suspects even if they haven’t committed any crime individually.

Naturally, this Conspiracy Law worries a lot of people, not least of all the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, the nation’s top group of lawyers. The fear is that the police will not limit the scope of these powers to “organized crime groups”, but to political groups as well. And if ordinary citizens know that simply being a member of a political group under police investigation can get them in trouble, it might have a chilling effect on their political activity.

This might sound like an extreme case, but it’s far more reasonable a concern than you may think. The National Police Agency in Japan has a very shady record regarding abuse of power. In 2016, police in Oita Prefecture were caught installing cameras to monitor opposition party and labor union members without a warrant or reasonable suspicion. In the same year, Tokyo police illegally used warrantless GPS tracking on suspects in an investigation. Even worse, the police were given specific instructions to hide the use of GPS tracking devices, even going so far as to hide it from official police documents.

A quick search brings up many more examples. From the arrest of protestors to the infiltration of campus activist groups, the NPA’s selective law enforcement frequently has an ulterior political motive. The idea that any new powers under the Conspiracy Law will be abused isn’t a possibility, it’s an inevitability. If you doubt that, consider that Shigeru Ishiba, once the Secretary General of the LDP, publicly opined that “noisy protestors” should be considered equal to terrorists. That anybody in government feels comfortable voicing that opinion aloud should worry anybody when they’re seeking to give themselves this kind of power.

Now, of course you should be worried about the Conspiracy Law, and of course you should do everything you can to prevent it from coming into law. It’s been stopped multiple times between 2000 and now, so it is possible. But only protesting and waiting for politicians to fix this isn’t enough. Instead, I want to talk about what you can do right now to protect yourself from the Conspiracy Law and any other similar laws that might come after it. And all of my advice hinges on one principle. When the government uses the law unjustly, the best way to deal with it is to make enforcement impossible.

If you’re a member of a political activist group, an opposition political party, or a labor union of any type, the danger of the Conspiracy Law is that your organization may be arbitrarily deemed “criminal” by the police and put under surveillance. Even if you’ve done nothing wrong or illegal, your phone might be tapped, your e-mails and social media accounts monitored in the hopes that something can be taken out of context and used to shut down the entire group. In the face of that threat, your best defense is to make any such surveillance difficult or impossible. How do you do that? Simple. ENCRYPT EVERYTHING.

Yes, everything. Every e-mail, every chat, every online conversation between your members should be encrypted. It’s eaiser than you think, and perfectly legal. Are you planning a hanami party by e-mail? ENCRYPT IT. Are you sharing a joke or a funny cat picture? ENCRYPT IT. Are you organizing a street cleaning activity? ENCRYPT IT. Mass surveillance thrives when it’s cheap and easy. Conversely, if every single communication… from the very important to the very mundane… is encrypted by default, surveillance becomes very difficult, very time-consuming, and extremely expensive. It will be limited by necessity, no matter what the Conspiracy Law says. So where to start? Here are a few simple things you can start doing today.

First, stop using big-name Social Media services for internal communication. Facebook, Twitter, LINE, and other major services are great for open communication to the public. For private internal use, though, they are terrible. They offer little to no encryption, and will usually give copies of everything you say to the police on request. Avoid at all costs.

For internal communication, use services with a good reputation that offer end-to-end encryption. While you can and should do your own research, we have a short list of services we use and recommend. For e-mail, Switzerland based “ProtonMail” is a good choice. Communication between ProtonMail accounts is encrypted end-to-end by default, so even the company running the service can’t read them. Unfortunately, e-mails between ProtonMail accounts and other service accounts are not encrypted, so if you choose ProtonMail, it’s probably best if your entire team agrees to use it together.


For online chat and messenging, we prefer two services. CryptoCat offers secure, private one-to-one online chat. The content of your conversation is inaccessible to anyone but you and your friend, and even if the keys are stolen, they can’t be used to read future messages. Unfortunately, while an older version of CryptoCat had group conversations, the latest version hasn’t included this feature yet. The developer says he plans to add it in future, but another program, “Riot”, is a good choice for group chats. Riot can be accessed via browser, but also has a client for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Mobile apps exist for both iOS and Android, so it’s extremely flexible.



For local file storage, VeraCrypt is a powerful program that allows you to encrypt files on your computer’s hard disk with a password. Without the password, the data is unreadable. While using Veracrypt for your important files is a good idea, we suggest using it for all of your files. As I said above, encrypting everything helps against unjust surveillance, and VeraCrypt isn’t too hard to use, so why not?


Finally, you should protect your internet connection. Even with all these tools and software, your internet connection is still open to surveillance, whether by the police or by your ISP. The best solution? Use a VPN. A VPN encrypts all the traffic between you and the public internet, so not only is it harder to identify you online, but your ISP can’t monitor your activity either. There are many VPNs to choose from, and you should do your own research, but we use and recommend a service called Cryptostorm. For Windows users, setup and installation isn’t too difficult. For Mac and other users, it’ll take a little more work. But for the security you get, it’s worth the effort.

使い方:http://iseedbox.org/wp/2017/01/26/strongest-vpn-cryptostorm/ , http://iseedbox.org/wp/2017/01/28/howtouse-cryptofree/

Now, all this advice is good for communication online, but what about offline? Most groups want to have at least some face to face meetings with their members. Even here, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself. First, remember that almost all mobile phones, tablets, and computers have microphones in them. There’s a lot of malware and viruses that can be used to remotely activate those microphones and listen to your conversations. If you don’t think this is a real threat, just remember that in 2015, The Bureau of Public Safety had a meeting with the now-disgraced Italian company “Hacking Team” to talk about their program “Galileo”, also known as “Remote Control System” or “RCS”. And one of RCS’s many functions is remotely activating network microphones. Also, the recently leaked CIA information from Wikileaks, “Vault 7”, has more worrying information about the dangers of spying malware. The threat, unfortunately, is very real.
こういうアドバイスはオンラインやりとりに役立ちますが、オフラインで会うならどうすれば良い?たまにはメンバーが直接会いたいと思う。そのオフライン状況にも、プライバシー保護する方法があります。先ず、全ての携帯電話、スマホ、タブレット、そしてノートPCにはマイクロホンが内蔵されることを忘れないで下さい。既存ウイルスやマルウェアは盗聴のためにリモートからマイクを起動することができる。現実の脅威ではないと思えば、2015年に日本の公安警察は今や信用を失ったイタリアの企業「ハッキングチーム」と会議をしたことを覚えて下さい。その会議の目的は「Galileo」(別名:Remote Control System, またはRCS)と呼ぶソフトについて話す。そしてGalileoの機能の中には、リモートからネットワークマイクの起動は含まれている。さらに、最近Wikileaksによる広まった「Vault 7」というCIAに関するリークの中にもっと恐るべきスパイウェアと監視ウイルスについての情報があります。こういう脅威は残念ながら極めて現実的である。

If possible, the best thing you can do is simply not bring your mobile phones to your face-to-face meetings. Is there a coin locker in the building, or in the station near the building? Leave your phones in there for a few hours and pick them up after you leave. Use pen-and-paper, or offline IC recorders if you absolutely need to keep notes. If leaving your phone behind isn’t an option, consider using a makeshift Faraday Cage to block the signal. Put them in a fully enclosed metal container and wrap them in a few layers of aluminium foil to boot. It may not completely block the signal, but it should interfere with it considerably. If you’re serious about privacy, you could even consider buying a good Faraday Pouch for permanent use. Just make sure you do your research before putting down any money.

This might feel strange and maybe even crazy to go this far, but again… the malware exists. It is being sold to police around the world right now, and it has been used before. Ask yourself which you prefer: doing something a little crazy to protect yourself, or acting normal and making yourself vulnerable? You decide.

Whether we like it or not, we are living in a terrifying new age of total surveillance. It might make us feel uncomfortable, but if we want to protect our liberty and our privacy, we need to learn to change the way we communicate. Will you do all of these things? Maybe not. Will you do some of them? I certainly hope so. My only goal is to give you information. What you do with that information… is up to you.

This is ANONYMOUS NO KENKAI. And until next time… MACHI UKENASAI.

アノニマスの見解 Ep.2: 匿名が肝心

Hello again Internet.

Welcome back to another installment of ANONYMOUS NO KENKAI. After getting sidetracked by JASRAC earlier in February, I wanted to get back to some topics I’d originally planned to cover, especially a topic that I’ve wanted to talk about for a while now; anonymity.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that anonymity is important to us. Most people know by now that the name “Anonymous” comes from the English word for “without a name”, and arose from forced anon posting on imageboard sites like 4chan (before Hiroyuki bought it and turned it into shit).

What a lot of people in Japan might not appreciate, however, is the reason why anonymity is important. Now, this is just my impression, but I think most people in Japan associate anonymity with cowardice. That honest people wouldn’t be afraid to show their face or name, so anybody hiding their face or name must be dishonest and cowardly.

Other people might think that anonymity exists for self-protection. After all, if you say an unpopular opinion, you can get attacked rather viciously online by… certain people. I’d agree with this second point, but I feel it isn’t the most important reason for staying anonymous. I would argue there’s an even more important reason to keep your identity hidden when you speak online… that has nothing to do at all with the safety of the speaker. But before we can talk about that, we need to have a recent history lesson.

Does anybody remember the “WhyKaisan” website that appeared around 2014? Actually, let’s talk about that in a bit more detail, since some viewers won’t be familiar with Japanese politics. In 2014, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a problem. His popularity ratings were dropping below 50% for the first time since his election two years earlier. There were a lot of reasons for this, mostly due to his failing Abenomics plan, and the negative effects of an unpopular tax hike earlier in the year.

His frightening ultra-nationalist plans and policies involving collective self-defense and rewriting the Constitution only made the situation worse for him. The problem was, his government still had at least two years left before the next mandatory election. With another unpopular tax hike scheduled in the near future, he ran the real risk of eventually losing government if he became too unpopular.

And so, in spite of it being unusually early and unusually sudden, he announced his intention to dissolve the Diet in November and call for a snap election in the following December. There was a lot of criticism about this decision, not least of all because it gave opposition parties almost no time to prepare, and that it was cynically timed to give himself a longer term before steamrolling more unpopular changes through the Diet without debate.

In the middle of this controversy, a certain website went viral in Japan. Called “Why Kaisan”, it was stylistically made out to look like questions from a ten-year old child, asking the Prime Minister why he was calling for this sudden election, and lampooning his policies. When I first saw it, I instantly assumed it was satirical. The idea that a ten year old child would make a website like this was so ridiculous, I figured only an idiot would assume it was meant to be taken at face value.

The backlash against the site was fierce. As people tracked down the owner, the Prime Minister himself called it “despicable” for “feigning childlike innocence”. (I can only suppose that he assumed it was meant to be taken at face value.)

Eventually 20-year old Yamato Aoki stepped forward as the creator, revealing that a website about parliamentary politics was not, in fact, created by a ten-year-old. How shocking.

But when Aoki stepped forward, I remember being baffled. Why would he do this? His message was obviously popular, and resonated with the public. The fact that Abe felt the need to personally respond only proved how effective it was. And yet, when Aoki revealed his face and name, the conversation immediately changed. It wasn’t about the topic anymore, it was about the person. While everybody was busy arguing about Aoki, the issues he wanted to put a spotlight on were drowned out.

Now let’s be perfectly honest with ourselves. Abe wasn’t shocked that Aoki was pretending to be a child, he was worried. Worried that organized public opposition might rally against him. Regardless of WhyKaisan’s format, the questions and problems talked about on WhyKaisan were valid and worthy of discussion. But the LDP didn’t want a discussion. They were desperate to distract from the message by focusing on the messenger. And by stepping forward, Aoki gave them exactly what they wanted.

So why am I bringing this up? Do I think what Aoki did was right or wrong? I don’t know. That’s for you to decide. It was certainly funny, and I like a good joke, especially at the expense of politics. But what matters here is what we can learn from it. And to me, the lesson is this:

The Messenger Distracts from the Message. Whether it’s motivated by ego or a misplaced sense of honor, putting your name on your message makes your message weaker and less effective. If WhyKaisan had used an anonymous registration service, if Aoki had used proper OpSec to hide his name and organization, people would have had no choice but to engage with his message. They might disagree with his message, but at least they’re still dealing with the message, not the person.

Satire is a powerful tool against authoritarianism of all types, but only if you deny the authoritarian a target to retaliate against. When we do our work, we should abandon our pride and our ego, and allow our message to stand…or fall…on its own merits.

This is why we promote tools that protect your anonymity and your privacy online. This is why we believe in using a mask. Because in the modern surveillance state, forcing your face and name to be attached to everything you say is just one more way to pressure you into silent, obedient consent. Don’t play their game. Stay anonymous. Not just for your own safety, but to preserve the power of your words.

This was ANONYMOUS NO KENKAI. And until next time…MACHI UKE NASAI.



アノニマスの見解 Ep.1: JASRACクソ食らえ

Hello internet. Welcome back.

And holy shit, I was not expecting to have so very many things to talk about. I was actually planning to use this first video to talk about Thailand and OpSingleGateway, and a little bit about Japan’s Conspiracy Law. But then JASRAC decided to go full retard.

For those not familiar, JASRAC is the “Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers”. It’s a “copyright collection society”, which describes its purpose as “protecting the copyrights of musical works, and facilitating the utilization of musical works, thereby contributing to the dissemination and development of music culture.”

How well they accomplish the development of music culture is pretty fucking questionable, but they “protect the copyright of musical works” with great enthusiasm. Back in 2006, YouTube had to fly to Japan to have a special meeting with JASRAC after being forced to delete nearly 30,000 videos due to copyright claims. In the meeting, JASRAC apparently asked YouTube to set up screening and other measures to block posting of copyrighted works, laying the groundwork for the modern ContendID system that everybody hates.

In spite of their supposed love of law and order when it comes to copyright, JASRAC has a lot less respect for a free and open market in their own industry. JASRAC was raided by the Fair Trade Comission on suspicion of violating Japan’s Anti-Monopoly Law in 2008. In 2009, a cease-and-desist order was issued against JASRAC for its blanket fee system where radio and TV stations paid 1.5% of their yearly revenue to not get sued if they accidentally played copyrighted music. The order was withdrawn in 2012, but in 2013 the Tokyo High Court declared, again, that JASRAC’s fee system prevented fair competition in the industry and made it difficult for other organizations to enter the market.

For most people on the internet in Japan, this has nothing to do with why they hate JASRAC though. The group is despised for their heavy-handed approach to copyright enforcement, shutting down music remixes and fan videos everywhere from YouTube to NicoDouga. Unlike the US, Japan doesn’t have any Fair Use doctrine in copyright law, and any infringing use is enough for the lawyers to attack.

But this time, JASRAC has taken their enforcement efforts to a ridiculous new extreme. On February 2nd, 2017, JASRAC announced that they were expanding the scope of copyright fee collection to include music classrooms. Under existing rules, any venue for public performance of music had to pay a licence fee to JASRAC. This includes live houses, concert halls, even bars and restaurants that play music. Any venue caught playing JASRAC protected music without a license is subject to stiff penalties, so most just pay the licence fee to be safe.

But with this new scope of collection, practicing JASRAC protected music in a classroom setting is considered a “public performance”, and subject to the same penalties. Given that JASRAC protects a lot of pop music, this means any school band that practices anything popular could be sued for copyright infringement if they aren’t paying JASRAC a fee.

Now I’d like to take a moment here and just speak to JASRAC directly, if you don’t mind.

Hey, JASRAC. I don’t like you. I’ve never liked you, in fact. You say that your goal is to “promote music culture”, but as far as I can tell you’re just a bunch of lawyers and suits. You don’t give a fuck about music. And you obviously don’t give a fuck about music culture, because collecting fees from music classrooms, or levying fines on them for “copyright violation” for practicing copyrighted music is fucking ridiculous. YOU are fucking ridiculous.

If you cared about music culture, you’d want people to be able to enjoy music. You’d want people to be able to practice music freely. If you gave a shit about music culture, you wouldn’t create an atmosphere of fear and legal red tape in a place where people are supposed to be learning and feeling passionate about music. Instead, you’re using fear and your monopoly power to squeeze music classrooms to make a few extra pennies. You are actively damaging music culture to make money for yourselves, what the FUCK is wrong with you?

Nobody likes you JASRAC. Nobody needs you. You’re not a valuable part of society, you’re the music mafia. You sit on other peoples’ work and use your power and position to extort money out of them. You treat music fans like criminals. You think people in Japan don’t like musicians? Of course they like musicians. They share their music online BECAUSE they like musicians.

Are you worried about file sharing, JASRAC? Here’s some advice. Stop treating file sharing as a criminal problem and start treating it as a market problem. Make music easy to download and pay for online. Make it legal to copy music from your CD to your MP3 player. Stop treating fans like criminals because they want to enjoy and share their passion for music. The more difficult you make it to use music legally, the more people will use it illegally.

You see, people in Japan like music, JASRAC. They like musicians. What they don’t like, JASRAC, is you. Fuck you JASRAC, you greedy, tone-deaf fucks. One day your monopoly will collapse, and you’ll be replaced by an organization that understands free culture, and the value of a free internet.

Until then, people like us are going to oppose you every step of the way.
If you’re a musician, or a music fan, or just a fucking decent human being… don’t let JASRAC get away with this. Contact any musicians you know, big or small. If you’re a fan of a band, ask them to speak out about this. And don’t just wait for them, speak out about it yourself. E-mail them, phone them, talk about it online. If you don’t push back against this now, it won’t stop here. Make some noise. Fight back. In any way you can.

As for us, well…we have a few ideas of our own.

This is Anonymous no Kenkai, and until next time, 待ち受けなさい.










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アノニマスの見解 Ep.0


Hello internet. And Happy 2017. Here’s hoping this year’s less shitty than the last, but I haven’t exactly got my hopes up.

Fans of this channel (fans? really?) might remember the “Anonymous Japan News Update” video from a few years ago that nobody watched, largely because the audio quality was terrible. I’d originally planned to do monthly-or-so updates, but for various reasons that never happened and I ended up ditching the idea.

But, recently, I’ve decided to revive it. In part because damn near everybody has a YouTube opinion show these days and I naturally want to jump on that bandwagon several years too late, but also because the things I wanted to accomplish with back then are still things I want to accomplish now.

What are those things? Well, as I said in the first video all those years ago, news about Japan is criminally under-reported if it doesn’t fall into an acceptable spectrum of topics that people already know about and want to hear. Similarly, news about the world outside Japan is very regrettably filtered and distorted by local media to fit their own particular narratives.

But I’d like to assume there are at least some people outside Japan who’d like to know what’s really going on in here, and also that people inside would like to know what’s going on out there. And since I have a modest following online, and have some ability in both languages, why
not actually do something instead of just bitching about it?

Before I get into topic matter, I’d like to take a little time to go over the format and pre-empt some of the questions I’m sure people are going to have.

1) Why are you doing that weird shit with your voice?
1) 「何であの変な声?」

Force of habit, more than anything else. I know this type of voice scrambling can’t really protect against voice pattern searches or whatever, but using my natural voice seems thematically inappropriate. Consider it a stylistic choice. I was considering text-to-speech, but I think everybody would get sick of hearing that pretty quickly.

2) If this is Anonymous Japan News, why are you talking in English?
2) 「アノニマス日本なのに、なぜ英語で話すのか?」

This still comes as a surprise to some people, but it should be fairly obvious to most that my English is much better than my Japanese. In order to talk about the topics I want to, I think everybody is better served if I can articulate myself well. Instead of fumbling through babby’s first Japanese speech contest, I’m just going to speak in English and provide Japanese subtitles and bilingual transcripts in the description or on pastebin. Incidentally, I’d like to thank our volunteer translators for the hard work and cooperation.

Unfortunately, I think a lot of the jokes and sarcasm won’t be able to get through in the Japanese subtitles, so it won’t be an exact word-to-word translation. But the goal here is to get the most important information across, not necessarily all the detailed nuance.

3) Are you going to monetize these videos?
3) 「このビデオを収益化するか?」

No. I want to be clear about that, this isn’t a donation drive or an ad revenue operation. My goal here is to communicate and inform, not make a handful of pennies a month making you watch ten second spots for Schick razors halfway through each video.

More to the point, I am unable to monetize videos because doing so would force me to provide personal information to Google, and I’m really not interested in that. Of course, it’s possible you may see ads around the video anyway, because a lot of the clips and audio I’ll be using might end up Content ID’d. I’m planning to employ the Copyright Deadlock trick popularized by our boy Jim Sterling (HI JIM) to prevent anybody else from monetizing these videos, so you may see some odd clips or music choices here and there as a result of that. Hopefully it works, but in any case, I will not be receiving any jewgold from these videos.

4) You criticize Japan a lot. If you hate Japan so much, why don’t you leave?
4) 「よく日本について文句を言う。そんなに嫌なら、なぜ日本から出て行かないのか?」

This is a stupid question, but I’m putting it in here because I can almost guarantee you this’ll be in the comments at least once, if not a dozen times. It’s a stupid question because it assumes you can only criticize something you don’t like, and it also assumes that only natives to a country or culture are allowed to criticize it. People who’ve never lived in Japan long-term might find it strange that this needs to be said, but again, I can guarantee you that at some point during these videos I will be accused of being an anti-Japanese propagandist. For a lot of people, criticism of Japan by foreigners isn’t just a matter of opinion, it’s interpreted as a grave insult towards the country, which I think is an extremely unproductive attitude.

For the Japanese viewers out there, I assure you I actually like Japan a lot. I wouldn’t live here if I didn’t like it. And if I criticize Japan, it’s because I see problems that negatively impact a place I like. Problems that affect not just me individually, but all residents of Japan, native and foreigner alike. There is such a thing as “constructive criticism”, and as a resident of Japan, it’s also in my best interests to keep the place where I live and work in good condition. And you can’t fix a problem if you never talk about it in the first place.

Of course, not everybody is going to agree with my assessment about Japan. And that’s fine, they’re free to disagree with me. I actually prefer it if they do. If they make a good enough argument, I might even change my mind. But if anybody thinks I need to leave the country because I dislike one aspect of it, then they can fuck off. Especially since my ability to criticize Japan is protected by the Japanese Constitution itself. Free speech, bitches.

With the preliminaries out of the way, let’s get to the meat of the subject matter. Around late November, early December last year, I did a Twitter poll to find out how much interest there was in these videos, and what kind of topics people wanted to hear about.

For Japanese-language followers, there were 60 votes. Of those 60, 47% voted for Internet Freedom and Privacy as the most desired topic. 27% voted for Police abuse of power, 13% voted for TPP and unfair trade deals, and 13% voted for global war-on-terror news.

Among English-language followers, there were only 11 votes, but the results were at least partially similar. 46% voted for Net Neutrality and Privacy, 36% voted for Police abuse, and 18% voted for TPP and bad trade deals.

Some other comments in the thread suggested other topics such as the Japanese right-wing Uyoku compared to the so-called American “alt right” as well as other Asian right-wing groups, OpISIS, and threats to judicial independence in Japan. All of which are interesting ideas, and might get some time if I feel like there’s something interesting to say about them.

While I’m potentially interested in all of the topics listed in the poll, I do want to give people what they’re interested in most first, so the main focus will be on Privacy and Net Freedom, with a few other topics mixed in here and there as they interest me.

Specifically, I plan to provide info on any new privacy software, advice for Japanese Net users, and any underreported news stories on the topic.

Finally, a few caveats. Firstly, expect low production value here. As a one-man non-profit operation, there’s only so much time, effort, and hardware that can be put into this project. This isn’t an excuse to pardon shit videos, but just don’t expect too much polish. Secondly, I make no claims to be an expert in the topics I cover. These videos will be more editorial and opinion than anything else, so if you know more than me, don’t hesistate to say so. Maybe I’ll even learn something.

Speaking of comments, if you have any feedback or suggestions, leave them in the comments section below.
If you have insults or baseless aggression, that’s fine too. In English or in Japanese, both are fine. Expect the first official topic video to come as soon as possible, and until next time, Expect Us.