RIP Uncle/Toyama man first person in Japan arrested for selling jailbroken iPhones/On TV again

Hey, It's me again after about a month.

Found out that my uncle (by my father side) died recently in Florida. My memory is kinda hazy about whether or not I met him before. If I did, I was probably like 8 or there about. He died at 81.

RIP Uncle

Day 3142 (On TV again)
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

I was on TV again today. This is after a year break or so. Here is the video

Day 3151 (International Students at my School)
Friday, October 28, 2016

The school that I teach at sometime had some international students visiting from 21 different countries. France, Russia, USA, India, South Africa, Finland and Thailand just to name a few. The principal is very international minded. I've never met a principal like this in all my 8 years in Japan.


Day 3153 ( Halloween Party )
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Went to a small Halloween party today.

Day 3156 (Takako's Friends in Tokyo)
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Takako's friends came to Tokyo today for us to have lunch at the Jamaican restaurant. I heard that since it came on TV, the visitors increased 10-fold. 


Day 3158 (Dinner with Private Student and Family)
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Had dinner with my former private student and his wife today at a Mexican restaurant in Yokohama name El Torito. Amazing food for cheaper than you would think.

Day 3165-3167 (Caught the Cold)

Saturday, November 12-14, 2016

I have been sneezing and coughing for a few days. Eventually took some tablets and the cold slowly faded away. But the cold medication started interfering with my acid reflux (GERD) medication. So my cold went away, but my acid reflux symptoms started resurfacing... sucks. 

Day 3175 (Long Earthquake)
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

An earthquake pretty much woke me out of my bed this morning. It was up in Fukushima where the big one happened in 2011. A very small tsunami came ashore but caused no trouble to anyone.  

Day 3178 ( Another Dinner at Good Wood Terrace )

Friday, November 25, 2016

Had dinner with some friends today at the Jamaican restaurant in Shibuya.

Day 3179 (Gift Package from Jamaica)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Got some goodies from Jamaica.

And Takako got a haircut


Toyama man first person in Japan to be arrested for selling jailbroken iPhones

by Master Blaster

Daisuke Ikeda was arrested on suspicion of violating the Trademark Act. During the spring of this year he is accused of selling five iPhones with modified iOS operating systems that allow them to bypass Apples restrictions over which apps can be downloaded and installed on the device.
In this case, the process – widely known as “jailbreaking” – was reportedly done so that the iPhones could be loaded with a script that would allow the user to cheat at the popular Japanese game Monster Strike.
In the game players must flick their characters to deal damage to monsters. The video below is just an example of a cheat that can be done with a jailbroken iPhone (not the one Ikeda is accused of selling). In it, an app is used to alter the game’s code so that attacks give much more damage than usual for easy victories.
The investigation against Ikeda is still ongoing but his arrest on the grounds of violating trademark law is the first of its kind in Japan and has taken many people by surprise according to comments.
■ “When I first heard the news, I thought the guy was selling like 200 of them, but this seems kind of excessive.”
■ “I think it’s the ones (makers and carriers) selling devices that consumers can’t use freely that are committing crimes.”
■ “I didn’t know jailbreaking a phone was a crime. I think it’s only natural for people to want to use the software of their choosing.”
■ “So many other people did what this guy did and got away with it… I wonder if the people using the phones would be punished too.”
■ “Looks like he’ll have to do some real jailbreaking now.”
■ “Huh? Trademark law? I could see if he was selling them under the premise that they were regular iPhones. But should people be allowed to modify the phones that they own? I’m not sure how I feel about this.”
The reason why Ikeda is being pursued under the Trademark Act is the presence of the Apple logo. Because the phones he altered still bore the Apple brand on them, they could be classified as counterfeit goods, which of course are illegal to sell.
It seems to be a slippery-slope that law-enforcement are heading into that could lead into several other areas. For example, would selling any car that has had some customization work done on it technically be illegal if the vehicle still had the automaker’s logo on it?
However, this process is still the early stages and it will be up to the courts to decide if the concept of ownership still means what it used to.
Sources: NHK, Netlab, Hachima Kiko