2-channel Founder And Affiliate Companies Gets Police Raid Around Drug-Dealers Comment Deletion

NHK [J], Asahi [J], Yomiuri [J]and others reported today that about 10 of Japan’s massive anonymous bulletin board service 2-channel-related homes and offices, including its founder Hiroyuki Nishimura’s house were searched by Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department from November 2011 to March 2012, this month. It turned out “according to a person in the investigation”.

The police arrested a 54 yo drug dealer who tried to sell stimulant drugs on 2-channel in May 2011, and requested 2-channel to delete the related posts. However, the requests had never taken up and the posts were left in public. The purpose of the house search is explained “to present a real picture of how 2-channel is managed”. Besides Nishimura, several “Sakujo-nin”(=person who does deletion) were investigated.

2-channel is known to have its servers in USA since it was founded in 1999. At the beginning of 2009, Nishimura announced on his blog that 2-channel was sold to Packet Monster Inc., which is a company registered in Singapore, likely to escape from libel and other lawsuits.

There is a procedure to file deletion request on a specific forum [J] on 2-channel. In the long 2-channel history, many people got mad on comments around them and asked the site to delete comments, but sometimes posters from the management team (the form of the organization, if any, is not disclosed well) cynic responses to tell them to follow the in-house request procedure. It is unknown that the metropolitan police followed the procedure when they asked it.

Nishimura’s Twitter and blog [J] are not updated today, but it is not so strange as he usually does not tweet or blog much.

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Ascii-Art Translated To English By 2-Channelers

SOme 2-channel users tried to translate captions of popular ascii-art, drawing by letters they often post on 2-channel.

         ,-、            ,.-、
        ./:::::\          /::::::ヽ
       /::::::::::::;ゝ–──– 、._/::::::::::::::|
       /,.-‐””´          \:::::::::::|
     /                ヽ、::::|
    /                   ヽ|
     l                         l
    .|    ●                |    Umm….
     l  , , ,           ●     l
    ` 、      (_人__丿    、、、   / 
      `ー 、__               /
         /`”’ー‐‐──‐‐‐┬”'””´

         ,-、            ,.-、
        ./:::::\          /::::::ヽ
       /::::::::::::;ゝ–──– 、._/::::::::::::::|
       /,.-‐””´          \:::::::::::|
     /                ヽ、::::|
    /    ●                  ヽ|
     l   , , ,             ●      l
    .|        (_人__丿     、、、  |    I can’t understand.
     l                      l
    ` 、                       /
      `ー 、__               /
         /`”’ー‐‐──‐‐‐┬”'””´

                ___
               /     \
             / ─    ─ \
            /  (●)  (●) \
              |     (__人__)     | <Come on! Hey!! Hurry up!!
           ,.゙-‐- 、  `⌒´   ,/
        ┌、. /     ヽ ー‐  <.
         ヽ.X、- 、   ,ノi      ハ
      ⊂>'”>┐ヽノ〃     / ヘ
       入 ´// ノ        } ,..,.._’,.-ァ
      /   `ー””´      ,’  c〈〈〈っ<      /          __,,..ノ ,ノヽー'"ノ       {          ´    /  ``¨´     /´¨`'''‐、._        ,'\      ∨´     `ヽ、     ノ   ゙ヽ       ∨      ヽ _,,..-'"    `ヽ      ∨       〈-=、.__       }       ヽ、     }   ``7‐-.  /           ヽ     リ    /′  ノ           /′  , {     /   /         {     !   ,ノ  ,/′           !    /  /   `‐-、         !   ,/   ゙ー''' ー---'           ',  /         {   }            ゙Y `ヽ、             ゙ー--‐'

Yaruo

  .ni 7      /ノ   ヽ\   Talk toward a wall! F*ck you!
l^l | | l ,/)   / /゚ヽ  /゚ヾ\      .n
‘, U ! レ’ / /   ⌒   ⌒  \   l^l.| | /)
/    〈 |  (____人__)  |   | U レ’//)
     ヽ\    |lr┬-l|   /  ノ    /
 /´ ̄ ̄ノ    ゙=ニ二”   \rニ     |

    /⌒ヽ  
    ∩ ^ω^)   What 
    |   ⊂ノ  
   |   _⊃  
    し ⌒  
   
    /⌒ヽ  
   (^ω^ ∩   you lie 
    t⊃  |  
   ⊂_   |  
     ⌒ J  
   
       /⌒ヽ  
     (     )  o o o
     /  、 つ  
    (_(__ ⌒)ノ  
     ∪ (ノ  
   ∩___∩
   | ノ      ヽ
  /  ●   ● | Bear–!!
  |    ( _●_)  ミ
 彡、   |∪|  、`\
/ __  ヽノ /´>  )
(___)   / (_/
 |       /
 |  /\ \
 | /    )  )
 ∪    (  \
       \_)

The bear is known as the origin of Pedobear in 4-chan, but in 2-channel, it does not have pedophilia attribution.

          「;:丶、:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:|
            ト、;:;:;:丶、:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:|
          {::ト、:;:;:;:;:;:` ” ー―――;:;: ‘|
           l::l . 丶、:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:|
           ’,:i r- 、、` ‘ ―――一” ” .|
            || ヾ三)       ,ィ三ミヲ  | 
            lj         ゙’ ― ‘′ .|
           | , –:.:、:..   .:.:.:.:..:.:…  | 
           | fr‐t-、ヽ.  .:.:. ‘”,二ニ、、|   Maro found this thread !!!
           l 丶‐三’ ノ   :ヾイ、弋::ノ| 
           ‘, ゙’ー-‐’ イ:   :..丶三-‐'”| 
            ‘,    /.:   .      | 
            ‘,  ,ィ/ :   .:’^ヽ、..  |
             ‘,.:/.:.,{、:   .: ,ノ 丶::. |
            ヽ .i:, ヽ、__, イ    _`゙.|
              ,.ゝ、ト=、ェェェェ=テアヽ|
           _r/ /:.`i ヽヾェェシ/   |
     _,,. -‐ ” ” ´l. { {:.:.:.:’, `.’:==:’.”    |
一 ” “´        ‘,ヽ丶:.:.:ヽ、 ⌒      ,|
             ヽ丶丶、:.:.ゝ、 ___,. イ |
              `丶、 ``”二ユ、_,.____|

Maro is a character came from stereotype of Heian period(AD 794-1185) aristocrat who demands free images to others. In other 2-channel word, Kure-kure-kun (Mr. give-me-give-me guy) [cosplay]

          o。_。_lコ<o>     |l≡≡≡|ミ|__。≠_〇o
 。+ +。。。。。 |l|FFFFFFF|。 。 .。 +|l≡≡≡|ミ|EEEEEEEEEEE|lll| .。+
  * o  o.   |l|FFFFFFF / ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄
     。。oo  |l|FFFFFF | I’m alone this year too…
   /| ̄ ̄ ̄l ::|FFFFFFF \
   |ミ|:」」:」」:」| ::|FFFFFF     ̄|/ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄
   |ミ|:」」:」」:」| 〇 FF.。   ∧_∧  |l≡o + +! + 。 〇   +
   lミl.」」.」〇 ++ +  (´・ω・) o  〇 。 o  +   〇 。 +
  __〇___。_゚__/ ~つと)____o______〇__o___。
  二Il二Il二Il二Il二Il二Il二Il二Il二Il二Il二Il二Il二Il二Il二Il二Il二Il二Il二

Shobo-n (named after Japanese onomatope shows whimpering) is a counterpart of English “Forever Alone” meme.

__________
    <○√
      /
     くく
Holly Shit!! This is a F*CKING Thread!
While I can regist>>1, run away and go to another Thread!
Hurry! Hurry! Don’t care about me!
/ || ̄ ̄|| ∧_∧
|…..||__|| (     )  W h y I ‘ m t h i s ・・・
| ̄ ̄\三⊂/ ̄ ̄ ̄/
|    | ( ./     /
 ___
/ || ̄ ̄|| ∧_∧
|…..||__|| ( ^ω^ )  W h y I ‘ m t h i s !?
| ̄ ̄\三⊂/ ̄ ̄ ̄/
|    | ( ./     /

 ___ ♪ ∧__,∧.∩
/ || ̄ ̄|| r( ^ω^ )ノ  W h y I ‘ m t h i s !
|…..||__|| └‐、   レ´`ヽ   W h y I ‘ m t h i s !
| ̄ ̄\三  / ̄ ̄ ̄/ノ´` ♪
|    | ( ./     /

 ___        ♪  ∩∧__,∧
/ || ̄ ̄||         _ ヽ( ^ω^ )7  W h y I ‘ m t h i s !
|…..||__||         /`ヽJ   ,‐┘   W h y I ‘ m t h i s ! 
| ̄ ̄\三  / ̄ ̄ ̄/  ´`ヽ、_  ノ    
|    | ( ./     /      `) ) ♪
                   ___
             ♪ ∩/ || ̄ ̄||♪ ∩∧__,∧
               _ ヽ|…..||__|| 7 ヽ( ^ω^ )7 W h y I ‘ m t h i s !
               /`ヽJ   ,‐┘/`ヽJ   ,‐┘   W h y I ‘ m t h i s ! 
| ̄ ̄\三  / ̄ ̄ ̄/  ´`ヽ、_  ノ   ´`ヽ、_  ノ
|    | ( ./     /      `) ) ♪    `) ) ♪  

“What did this happen?” utter hopelessness may make you manic.

            , ‘´  ̄ ̄ ` 、
          i r-ー-┬-‐、i
           | |,,_   _,{|
          N| “゚’` {“゚`lリ     P l a y w i t h m e
             ト.i   ,__”_  !
          /i/ l\ ー .イ|、
    ,.、-  ̄/  | l   ̄ / | |` ┬-、
    /  ヽ. /    ト-` 、ノ- |  l  l  ヽ.
  /    ∨     l   |!  |   `> |  i
  /     |`二^>  l.  |  | <__,|  |
_|      |.|-<    \ i / ,イ____!/ \   .|     {.|  ` - 、 ,.---ァ^! |    | ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄l __{   ___|└―ー/  ̄´ |ヽ |___ノ____________|   }/ -= ヽ__ - 'ヽ   -‐ ,r'゙   l                  | __f゙// ̄ ̄     _ -'     |_____ ,. -  ̄ \____|   | |  -  ̄   /   |     _ | ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ /       \  ̄| ___`\ __ /    _l - ̄  l___ /   , /     ヽi___.|  ̄ ̄ ̄    |    _ 二 =〒  ̄  } ̄ /     l |      ! ̄ ̄| _______l       -ヾ ̄  l/         l|       |___|

popular line “Yaranaika” from old gay manga

              (~)
.            γ´⌒`ヽ
.   ___     {i:i:i:i:i:i:i:i:} I warm?
   |[\_498]|\ ( ´・ω・)
   | ̄ ̄ ̄|  | (:::::::::::::)
   |___l./ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄■/|   lヽ,,lヽ
   | ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄|.  |  (ω・  ) Thank you
   |                 .|.  |  し   i   
   |__________|./   しーJ

.   ___
   |[\_498]|\               (~)
   | ̄ ̄ ̄|  |             γ´⌒`ヽ
   |___l./ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄■/|   {i:i:i:i:i:i:i:i:}lヽ,,lヽ
   | ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄|.  |  (  ´-ω)ω- )
   |                 .|.  |   (:::::::`つ⊂´ i
   |__________|./    し─J.し─J

“May I warm up (by microwave oven)?” is the phrase which convenience store staff ask you when purchasing bento=lunch box.

               ヽ人人人人人人人人人人人人人人人ノ
             <                      >
             < Don’t look if you hate ! Don’t look if you hate ! >
             <                      >
             ノ Y´`Y´`Y´`Y´`Y´`Y´`Y´`Y´`Y´`Yヽ

         / ̄(S)~\
       / / ∧ ∧\ \
       \ \ (゚Д゚ ) / /
         \⌒  ⌒ /
          )_人_ ノ
          /    /
      ∧_∧ ∩  (   ))
     (   ; )ω   ̄ ̄ヽ
   γ⌒   ⌒ヽ  ̄ ̄|  |
 ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄|

general 2-channlers’ attitude against people who want to regulate the internet

There are many ascii-art dictionary sites (1) (2), from where you can copy and paste onto 2-channel.

via 2ch (already into the restricted server) via 2ch summary site Chaos Channel

Japan’s Yen Intervention Stopped At 79.19 By Word Play

Japan is reported to begin Yen intervention today. But after the initial US dollar surge, Yen stalled around 79.19 against 1 US dollar over 3 hours.

In early afternoon trading in Tokyo, the dollar was holding steady at around 79.19 yen, but it remains to be seen how long an impact the intervention will have.

As pointed on 2-channel, 79.19 exactly matches how Finance Minister Jun Azumi telling “thoroughly until I am satisfied”(=”Nattoku Iku Made Okonau”) is accepted as some kind of secret code as “Nattoku Iku” sounds similar with “Nana Ku I(chi) ku)”=79.19. Non-Japanese do not see why the strange line shows up (see comments here for example).

This is ridiculous. Should the minister have picked another phrase not to be misunderstood that he is signaling such a secret message to someone?

Popular 2-Channel Ascii Arts Animated

It has been 12 years since 2-channel serves Japanese net users. The gigantic anonymous bulletin boards are still kept simple without image/movie, all you type is texts.

You may post URL of images there, and many 2-channel viewer clients, which many users are now using, extracted to display in the posts for convenience. But still, many prefer to use so-called Ascii Art, drawing composed by letters and symbols.

There are a lot of Ascii Art dictionary sites (example [J]) and assisting tools. 2-channel users copy and paste an Ascii Art which shows their emotion.

On a certain thread on 2-channel, users tried to make an animated gif version of well-known Ascii Arts.

Here, the Japanese letters “Ban-ban-ban” in background means a sound you bash not PC.

バンバンバンバンバンバンバンバンバンバン
バン       バンバンバン゙ン バンバン
バン(∩`・ω・)  バンバンバンバン゙ン
 _/_ミつ/ ̄ ̄ ̄/
    \/___/ ̄

Wake-waka-ran = I am in complete confusion.

  ワケ     ワカ     ラン♪
  ∧_∧   ∧_∧    ∧_∧
 ( ・∀・)  ( ・∀・)   ( ・∀・)
⊂ ⊂  )  ( U  つ  ⊂__へ つ
 < < <    ) ) )     (_)|  (_(_)  (__)_)    彡(__)

whew… uh.. yeah… I am really excited!

   ∩___∩三 ー_        ∩___∩
   |ノ      三-二     ー二三 ノ      ヽ
  /  (゚)    (゚)三二-  ̄   – 三   (゚)   (゚) |  
  |    ( _●_)  ミ三二 – ー二三    ( _●_)  ミ ウオーオォーアッヒャアウオホーオオオ
 彡、   |∪|  、` ̄ ̄三- 三  彡、   |∪|  ミ    テンション上がってきた!!
/ __  ヽノ   Y ̄) 三 三   (/’    ヽノ_  |      テンション上がってきた!!
(___)       _ノ       ヽ/     (___)

These animation show well how Japanese are seeing action in few texts drawings.

There are more on a 2-channel summary site Kinisoku [J].

[Live] 4chan’s moot Talk With 2-channel Founder Hiroyuki

On Nico Nico Live tonight, 20:00 July 27 (Japan Standard Time), Christopher Poole aka moot and Hiroyuki Nishimura’s talk session is being broadcast now. (if you prefer Japanese page, here is Nico Nico Live Japanese version)

Moot x Hiroyuk​i Social Media​ Talk Session

Join in on the entertaining talk show featuring 4 chan founder Moot and 2ch founder Hiroyuki!
This will be Moot and Hiroyuki’s first official meetup. Within this show, we will find out what exactly does “social media” mean to them and more! Niconico oversea director James will also be joining with us so don’t miss out!!

Nico Nico Douga English version announcement

2-channel is Japanese massive anonymous online forum, and 4chan is a kind of ground-son service in English.

Moot: On the day it was founded, 4chan was posted to the anime sub-forum of [huge forum] Something Awful and so many of the first users from from there, but the site itself is 100% based on a Japanese site called Futaba Channel, or 2chan.net.
Futaba Channel is in turn based on 2channel, which is a huge text BBS that’s inspired a lot of the anonymous and otaku culture in Japan.
I had the opportunity to meet 2channel’s founder, Hiroyuki Nishimura at SXSW Interactive this year, and it was a real treat.

Business Insider

Partially helped by James, Nico Nico Douga’s oversea director, Hiroyuki talked with moot about 4chan, his new project Canvas, his purpose of this visit, etc. Earlier today they took moot to a new video-streaming disco Nicofarre. Hiroyuki explaining Amezo, from which he cloned 2-channel, and how he named it 2-channel (implying Amezo was the first one) was interesting.

Nico Nico users asked questions via Nico Nico overlay comments. Question like “What do you think about Anonymous?”, “What is the key feature to make consumer generated site stand out?”, “2-channel is infamous in Japan, how is 4chan in US?”, “To both, what is the social media going like 10-20 years from now?”, “How about having longer talk with you two and publish a book? (There are several Japanese books featuring Hiroyuki and other popular persons like ex-Livedoor Takafumi Horie)”

At the end of 80-minutes session, there were over 23,000 watchers with 42,000 comments. They closed the session with telling that they would be going somewhere in Roppongi.