The Head of Japan’s 4th Largest Web Company Arrested By Hosting Porn

Jiji just reported[J] that the Kyoto and other police arrested the president of Osaka-based Home Page System by allowing FC2 users upload obscene videos. Ex-president and a brother of the FC2 founder is also under arrest.

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Home Page System has been claiming themselves as a PR company for FC2, one of the largest Japanese web service which is running vast variations of user-generated services including bulletin board, video sharing, blog, social network, etc. According to Alexa, FC2’s traffic is ranked at 4th among all Japanese web services, only after Yahoo! Japan, Google Japan and Amazon Japan.

FC2 is well known by claiming to be an American company based in Las Vegas, therefore the contents are not restricted by Japanese law. The Las Vegas address is a rental address and it has been suspected years that the Home Page System is the substantive owner of the site. Until recently, the trick seemed working and most of illegal contents uploaders had been gathering to FC2, and selling micro contents (even they do not own copyrights) to vast Japanese visitors.

Last September, the Home Page System was raided by Kyoto Police by letting its user broadcast live porn programs. That raid did not change much the services on FC2.

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[Update] FC2 stated its position on the official blog [J] that the arrested person is not the president of FC2 but the president of the outsourcing developer company.

Baidu Japan Shut Down Search Service

[Update] Baidu Japan site is on, but there is no search form any more.

Baidu Japan ( http://baidu.jp/ ), a Japanese arm of the Chinese largest search company Baidu, has been unreachablestopped offering search service for Japanese.

SEM Research blog pointed out that the Baidu Japan’s search service was removed and the site only had company profile. Its Japanese service launched in March 2007, and stopped image and video search in July 2013.

Perstext – Draw Text Perspectively Over Photo From Canon

Canon Marketing’s iPhone app Perstext let you decorate your photo with text in perspective way.

遠近感のある文字で写真を飾る!写真加工アプリPERSTEXT(パーステキスト)

Genre: 写真/ビデオ, エンターテインメント
Language: English, Japanese
Devices: iPhone4, iPad23G, iPadMini, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadThirdGen, iPhone4S, iPhone5c, iPhone5, iPhone5s, iPhone6Plus, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadMini4G, iPhone6, iPad2Wifi, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G
Price: free
Version: 1.1.0

Artist: Canon Marketing Japan Inc.
Released at: October 30, 2014
User Rating (all version):
(by 83)
User Rating (current version):
(by 19)

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The app supports Japanese and English but seems available only in Japanese app store so far. The app offers more effects and fonts with in-app purchase.

via Tatsuwo no Changelog

E-mail Mistakenly Addressed to Mr./Ms. “Blacklist”

Mainichi reports[ja] that Minnano Seimei Hoken Advisor, a web service provides life insurance review, sent e-mails started with “To: Blacklist-sama” about 2,000 its customers by mistake.

Power Planning, the company who runs the site, told to Mainichi that the customers received those mails are not the one on their real black lists, if you believe it.

Last week on February 28, GMO Internet failed to send rejection letter to 23,397 people, who ever applied before since 2006.

Granny Dating Simulation Game – Jun’ai Babah Gakuen

Jun’ai Babah Gakuen (= pure romance granny school) is a new Android/iOS dating sim on which you may live as a male student and date with one-million-year-old grannies.

Dating simulation has been featuring pigeons (English version available), creatures, alpaca, animals, T-rex, sushi, printer, etc.

The game is to be released soon from the maker of “Hag of one million years old”, a game raising one million years old granny on smartphone. Granny one million years old might be another shot to be unique in this competitive category.

Hag of one million years old

Genre: Games, Simulation, Entertainment, Family
Language: English
Devices: iPadMini4G, iPad2Wifi, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPhone-3GS, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen4G, iPhone5, iPhone4S, iPadMini, iPhone5s, iPhone5c, iPhone6, iPad3G, iPhone4, iPadThirdGen, iPadFourthGen, iPodTouchFourthGen, iPodTouchThirdGen, iPadWifi, iPad23G, iPhone6Plus
Price: free
Version: 1.07

Artist: hiroyuki shigetomi
Released at: October 12, 2014
User Rating (all version): no rating yet
User Rating (current version): no rating yet

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via Inside Games [J]

Aichi Police Raids Amazon Japan over Child-porn Sales

Asahi reported today [J] that Aichi prefecture police had searched Amazon Japan head office at Meguro, Tokyo and Amazon Japan Logistics Center at Ichikawa, Chiba on suspicious of violation of child porn selling aid yesterday, January 23.

It seems like that a two guys, already arrested last September, of a Tokyo-based used book shop sold photo books featuring underage girls nude over Amazon’s marketplace. According to Asahi, Aichi police thinks Amazon Japan knew that those kind of items were sold on their site but did not take action.