Sunday, July 5, 2015

"Court in Japan orders Google to delete past reports of man's arrest"

From Japan Today, 7/4/15:

The Saitama District Court has ordered Google to remove news reports from more than three years ago concerning a man who was arrested on charges of molesting a girl under 18.

Last month, the man filed a suit claiming that Google search results pertaining to his arrest older than three years was a violation of his personal rights, Sankei Shimbun reported.

In 2012, the man was arrested for paying a girl under the age of 18 for sexual favors. He was charged with violating child prostitution laws and fined 500,000 yen. However, his name and news reports regarding the arrest still come up in Google searches.

Claiming that this was an infringement upon his personal rights, the man petitioned to have the information deleted from the search engine. His lawyer told the court his client had been rehabilitated and that it was difficult to get on with his life as long as his arrest record remains online.

In handing down the ruling, the presiding judge said such relatively minor crimes do not hold any particular significance to the public and therefore continuing to display such information three years after the incident does not have much merit for society at large.

Google said it will appeal the decision, saying the ruling violates freedom of expression and information.

VAOJ has long been interested in privacy issues on the internet. While this ruling might at first seem ridiculous (molesting a minor as a minor crime?), it does seem to match the Japanese defamation laws (it doesn't matter whether the guy was guilty or not, the reporting of it hurt his spirit...). Check out the reader comments at the source.


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Filmmaking for Fieldwork

Image borrowed from All Rites Reversed web site.

Announcement via the Visual Anthropology Forum:

AllRitesReversed are presenting a two week intensive filmmaking course in association with Futureworks School of Media and with teachers resident at The Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester. This highly successful short course, now in its seventh year, has attracted many experts in the field of Visual Anthropology. Filmmaking For Fieldwork runs in central Manchester (UK) each summer and there are exciting plans to take the course on the road to global destinations.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Cool Japan Fashion?

Images borrowed from s0ciety6.

VAOJ Disclaimer: This is not a product endorsement or fashion advice of any kind - only a sampling of what is out there...

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And of course you need the shoes to match...

Image borrowed from Japan Today, 5/13/15.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

"Bag-snatching suspect arrested after pursuer takes photo of his bike license plate"

From Japan Today, 6/23/15:

Police in Osaka said Monday they have arrested a 45-year-old office worker on suspicion of snatching a woman’s handbag as she walked along a street.

According to police, the suspect, identified as Taro Muramoto, approached the 64-year-old-woman on his minibike as she was walking with her husband in Chuo Ward at around 1:55 p.m. Sunday, Fuji TV reported.

After the suspect grabbed the woman’s handbag, the couple yelled out at him. A man on a bicycle chased after the minibike, but before it could speed away, he used his smartphone to take a photo of the minibike’s license plate.

Police said they identified Muramoto from the license plate. Muramoto has denied the charge, police said.


Monday, June 22, 2015

View from my Hotel Window in Hanzomon, Tokyo at 11:42 PM on a Friday Night

In sharp contrast to rural Kabuto-cho in Aichi, it never seems to get dark in Tokyo. Light-blocking curtains are a premium amenity...