ITMedia reported that today March 19 Tokyo Local District Court dismissed a case filed last December that Hiroyuki Nishimura, a founder of Japanese giant anonymous bulletin board service 2-channel, for not deleting posts by an already-arrested illegal drug seller on the site.
Asahi briefly reports [J] that Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has sent today a case to the public prosecutor’s office for possible violation (inciting, instigation) of the Anti-drug Law.
2-channel has been accused by leaving some posts around illegal drug deals. Hiroyuki, who influenced US 4-chan, which is an indirect homage of 2-channel, told his ownership of the site was handed over to a Singaporean company Packet Monster in January 2009, and has been guiding Niconico group.
CEO of Dwango (runs Niconico Douga services) said “no comment, as I have not heard the news.” on Dwango’s press conference, ITMedia reports [J].
Yomiuri Shimbun reported on March 27 that they had researched the ownership of 2-channel, Japanese gigantic anonymous bulletin board service, in Singapore, and resulted the self-claimed current owner Packet Monster Inc. in Singapore, is a paper company, one of 2,000 companies registered under Rikvin Consultance, whose address is the same as the Packet Monster, at 120 Telok Ayer Street.
2ch.net is managed and operated by PACKET MONSTER INC.
Yomiuri’s correspondent contacted to Effendi Ahmad Faris Merican(sp?), one of the Packet Monster’s board members on the registration paper. Funny thing is that he answered to Yomiuri, “I was merely requested to be the executive. I have never heard about the 2-channel bbs.” at a shopping centre in suburb of Singapore on March 20.
Actually, when the hand-out of 2-channel ownership was announced by Hiroyuki, the founder of 2-channel, on January 2, 2009, there were some 2-channel users in Singapore visited the address, got the registration paper and concluded that there was no real company exists there. (1) [J], (2) [J]
Yesterday, Hiroyuki updated his blog to protest against Japanese government move to illegalize web-download [J], first time after the police raid to his house was reported on traditional media. Those media reports seemed to be sourced from the police leak, and this Yomiuri report might be on the same line which is saying that the 2-channel is still managed inside Japan.
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.
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 Hiroyuki 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!!
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.
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.