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kamikazeCOMMENT: With Poke­mon Go tak­ing the world by storm, some in Japan are ask­ing if super pop­u­lar app is the first big suc­cess of Abe’s “Cool Japan” nation­al strat­e­gy for export­ing Japan­ese cul­ture around the world. We’ll have to wait and see. But for Tomo­mi Ina­da, Japan’s Min­is­ter of the “Cool Japan” Strat­e­gy (that’s a real cab­i­net post), she’s not going to have much time to pro­mote more Japan­ese cul­tur­al cool­ness. Why? Because she just became Japan’s new Defense Min­is­ter. She has pre­vi­ous­ly been pho­tographed with the leader of a Japan­ese Nazi Par­ty and endorsed a book advo­cat­ing Nazi polit­i­cal strategy–a doc­trine also endorsed by Taro Aso, Japan’s Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Finance Min­is­ter. Like oth­er mem­bers of Abe’s cab­i­net, Ina­da asso­ciates with Zaikoku­tai, a vir­u­lent anti-Kore­an hate group.

Not sur­pris­ing­ly, Ina­da shares Shin­zo Abe’s goal of strip­ping out Japan’s paci­fism from the con­sti­tu­tion. So will she become the first Defense Min­is­ter of a remil­i­ta­rized Japan? Inada’s Nazi ori­en­ta­tion is worth recalling–having pro­mot­ed an a book on Hiter’s Elec­tion Strate­gies, at a min­i­mum, Ina­da is prob­a­bly pret­ty famil­iar with strate­gies for over­haul­ing a con­sti­tu­tion:

“Japan’s PM Picks Hawk­ish Defense Min­is­ter for New Cab­i­net, Vows Eco­nom­ic Recov­ery” by Elaine Lies and Kiyoshi Tak­e­na­kaReuters; 8/3/2016.

Japan­ese Prime Min­is­ter Shin­zo Abe appoint­ed a con­ser­v­a­tive ally as defense min­is­ter in a cab­i­net reshuf­fle on Wednes­day that left most key posts unchanged, and he promised to has­ten the economy’s escape from defla­tion and boost region­al ties.

New defense min­is­ter Tomo­mi Ina­da, pre­vi­ous­ly the rul­ing par­ty pol­i­cy chief, shares Abe’s goal of revis­ing the post-war, paci­fist con­sti­tu­tion, which some con­ser­v­a­tives con­sid­er a humil­i­at­ing sym­bol of Japan’s World War Two defeat.

She also reg­u­lar­ly vis­its Tokyo’s Yasuku­ni Shrine for war dead, which Chi­na and South Korea see as a sym­bol of Japan’s past mil­i­tarism. Japan’s ties with Chi­na and South Korea have been frayed by the lega­cy of its mil­i­tary aggres­sion before and dur­ing World War Two.

Asked if she would vis­it Yasuku­ni on August 15, the emo­tive anniver­sary of Japan’s sur­ren­der in World War Two, Ina­da side­stepped the query.

“It’s a mat­ter of con­science, and I don’t think I should com­ment on whether I will go or not,” she told a news con­fer­ence.

Ina­da, a 57-year-old lawyer, is the sec­ond woman to hold the defense post. The first, Yuriko Koike, who held the job briefly in 2007, was recent­ly elect­ed Tokyo gov­er­nor.

The for­eign min­istries of Chi­na and South Korea had no imme­di­ate com­ment on the appoint­ment.

She also echoed Abe in empha­siz­ing the dan­ger posed by North Korea’s mis­sile launch, and the need for close region­al ties.

“We will steadi­ly strength­en ties with neigh­bor­ing coun­tries such as Chi­na and South Korea, and pro­ceed with talks with Rus­sia for a peace treaty,” Abe told an ear­li­er news con­fer­ence.

Japan and Rus­sia nev­er signed a for­mal treaty after World War Two because of a ter­ri­to­r­i­al dis­pute.

GOING FOR GROWTH

Abe, who is try­ing to rekin­dle growth as he pon­ders the pos­si­bil­i­ty of stay­ing in office after his term as pres­i­dent of the rul­ing Lib­er­al Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty (LDP) ends in 2018, said on Wednes­day that his top pri­or­i­ty was the econ­o­my.

On Tues­day, his out­go­ing cab­i­net approved 13.5 tril­lion yen ($133.58 bil­lion) in fis­cal steps to try to revive the econ­o­my.

Abe, who took office in Decem­ber 2012, will retain his right­hand man, Chief Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Yoshi­hide Suga, along with Finance Min­is­ter Taro Aso and For­eign Min­is­ter Fumio Kishi­da.

Eco­nom­ics Min­is­ter Nobuteru Ishi­hara will also be kept on, along with Health, Wel­fare and Labour Min­is­ter Yasuhisa Shioza­ki. Deputy Chief Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Hiroshige Seko will become trade and indus­try min­is­ter.

Tamayo Marukawa, the envi­ron­ment min­is­ter in the pre­vi­ous cab­i­net, was appoint­ed min­is­ter to over­see prepa­ra­tions for Tokyo’s 2020 Sum­mer Olympic Games.

Abe also appoint­ed a new LDP exec­u­tive line-up.

The appoint­ment of Toshi­hi­ro Nikai, 77, as LDP sec­re­tary gen­er­al was seen as sig­nal­ing Abe’s hopes for a third term.

“For Top Pols In Japan Crime Doesn’t Pay, But Hate Crime Does”  by Jake Adel­stein and Angela Eri­ka Kubo; The Dai­ly Beast; 9/25/2014.

As Japan’s prime min­is­ter address­es the Unit­ed Nations on Fri­day his rep­u­ta­tion at home is taint­ed by links to avowed racists.

Prime Min­is­ter Shin­zo Abe will be speak­ing to the Unit­ed Nations this Fri­day, but he may not be very wel­come. In late July, the Unit­ed Nations’ Com­mit­tee on the Elim­i­na­tion of Racial Dis­crim­i­na­tion urged Japan to crack down on the grow­ing cas­es of “hate speech” tar­get­ing for­eign res­i­dents. The U.N. com­mit­tee urged Prime Min­is­ter Abe’s admin­is­tra­tion to “firm­ly address man­i­fes­ta­tions of hate and racism as well as incite­ment to racist vio­lence and hatred dur­ing ral­lies,” and cre­ate laws to rec­ti­fy the sit­u­a­tion.

Recent events make it appear that the prime min­is­ter and his cab­i­net are not pay­ing atten­tion; sev­er­al mem­bers of the cab­i­net not only appear obliv­i­ous to racism and hate speech issues, they asso­ciate with those who pro­mote them.

Last week pho­tographs of Japan’s new­ly appoint­ed Nation­al Pub­lic Safe­ty Com­mis­sion­er social­iz­ing with mem­bers of the country’s most vir­u­lent racist group, Zaitokukai, were brought to light in an expose by Japan’s lead­ing week­ly mag­a­zine, Shukan Bun­shun. In U.S. terms, it would be the equiv­a­lent of the attor­ney gen­er­al get­ting caught chum­ming around with a Grand Drag­on of the Ku Klux Klan. This week it was report­ed that anoth­er cab­i­net mem­ber received dona­tions from them, and that Prime Min­is­ter Shin­zo Abe him­self may have ties to the staunch­ly anti-Kore­an orga­ni­za­tion.

All of this isn’t good for Japan and Korea rela­tions, since much of the racism is direct­ed at peo­ple of Kore­an descent, nor is it good for U.S.-Japan rela­tions. In Feb­ru­ary, the U.S. State Depart­ment in its annu­al report on human rights, crit­i­cized the hate speech towards Kore­an res­i­dents in Japan, specif­i­cal­ly nam­ing the Zaitokukai. The group is well known for its anti-social actions, but The Dai­ly Beast has learned that it also has had ties to Japan’s mafia—including the Sumiyoshi-kai, which is black­list­ed by the Unit­ed States.

The lat­est news of links between the Japan­ese rul­ing coali­tion and unsa­vory char­ac­ters comes just after anoth­er scan­dal involv­ing neo-nazi links to two oth­er cab­i­net mem­bers made head­lines world­wide.

The stan­dard line of defense offered by the cab­i­net mem­bers embroiled in con­tro­ver­sy over their con­nec­tions to racist groups, “We just hap­pened to get pho­tographed with these peo­ple. We don’t know who they are,” is get­ting hard­er to swal­low. And it has raised some dis­turb­ing issues.

The Zaitokukai, found­ed in 2006, has a name best trans­lat­ed as “Cit­i­zens Against the Spe­cial Priv­i­leges of Eth­nic Kore­ans.” They are an ultra-nation­al­ist, right-wing group that argues for the elim­i­na­tion of priv­i­leges extend­ed to for­eign­ers who had been grant­ed Spe­cial For­eign Res­i­dent status—mostly Kore­an-Japan­ese.

The Zaitokukai also col­lect a lot of mon­ey in dona­tions from like-mind­ed cit­i­zens.

The group, which is led by Mako­to Saku­rai, whose real name is Mako­to Taka­da, claims that eth­nic Kore­ans abuse the social and wel­fare sys­tem in Japan. Zaitokukai claims to have over 14,000 mem­bers. It orga­nizes protests and demon­stra­tions across Japan, even in front of Kore­an ele­men­tary schools, yelling such slo­gans as “Go back to Korea,” “You’re the chil­dren of spies”—making numer­ous veiled and overt threats. The group asserts that all for­eign­ers are crim­i­nals who should be chased out of Japan, espe­cial­ly the Kore­ans.

In a recent book, Saku­rai states, “The Japan­ese under­stand what the Kore­ans are up to. If you think about it, there’s no way we can get along with these peo­ple. Even though Japan­ese peo­ple don’t do any­thing, Kore­ans just cause one inci­dent (crime) after anoth­er. Every time a Kore­an com­mits anoth­er crime, our sup­port goes up.”
And when sup­port goes up, so do the earn­ings of the Zaitokukai—earnings that are poor­ly account­ed for and go untaxed. It’s a great rack­et and it’s com­plete­ly legal.

How­ev­er, the group does have asso­ci­a­tions with the Japan­ese mafia, aka the yakuza, and those may not be legal. They are very close­ly tied to the polit­i­cal arm of the Sumiyoshikai, known as Nihon­sein­sha..

Eriko Yamatani, as chair­man of the Nation­al Pub­lic Safe­ty Com­mis­sion, over­sees Japan’s police forces. It makes her asso­ci­a­tion with Zaitokukai and their crim­i­nal­ly inclined mem­bers high­ly prob­lem­at­ic. One pic­ture that dates back to 2009 shows Yamatani stand­ing next to Yasuhiko Ara­ma­ki, who was arrest­ed a year lat­er for ter­ror­iz­ing a Kore­an ele­men­tary school in Kyoto, found guilty and then lat­er arrest­ed again in 2012 on charges of intim­i­da­tion..

Anoth­er of the peo­ple pho­tographed with Yamatani is Shi­geo Masu­ki, a for­mer Zaitokukai leader. Masu­ki was arrest­ed at least three times after the pho­to­graph was shot, once for threat­en­ing an ele­men­tary school prin­ci­pal and lat­er for insur­ance fraud. Yamatani ini­tial­ly denied that she knew of the Zaitokukai affil­i­a­tion of the peo­ple in the pic­tures. This is slight­ly strange since she has report­ed­ly been friends with Masu­ki and his wife for over a decade. When reply­ing to ques­tions from TBS radio about the recent scan­dal, she explained the Zaitokukai exact­ly in the ter­mi­nol­o­gy of a true believ­er, inad­ver­tent­ly using the words “Zainichi Tokken (Spe­cial rights of the Kore­an Res­i­dents In Japan)” her­self. At a press con­fer­ence held today (Sep­tem­ber 25th), she was ques­tioned about her use of the term and stat­ed uncom­fort­ably, “In my reply (to TBS) I might have just copy and past­ed from the Zaitokukai home­page.” She refused to crit­i­cize the group by name or clar­i­fy whether she believed that eth­nic Kore­ans had spe­cial priv­i­leges.

Yamatani, in her cur­rent posi­tion, over­sees the Nation­al Police Agency—the very same agency that not­ed in its 2013 white paper that the Zaitokukai were com­mit­ting hate speech, pro­mot­ing racism, and posed a threat to the social order. If hate-speech becomes a crime, she may be in charge of over­see­ing the police that enforce the law.

She isn’t the only one close to the Zaitokukai in the cur­rent cab­i­net. Accord­ing to the mag­a­zine Sun­day Mainichi, Ms. Tomo­mi Ina­da, Min­is­ter Of The “Cool Japan” Strat­e­gy, also received dona­tions from Masa­ki and oth­er Zaitokukai asso­ciates.

Appar­ent­ly, racism is cool in Japan.

Ina­da made news ear­li­er this month after pho­tos cir­cu­lat­ed of her and anoth­er female in the new cab­i­net pos­ing with a neo-Nazi par­ty leader. Both denied know­ing the neo-Nazi well but lat­er were revealed to have con­tributed blurbs for an adver­tise­ment prais­ing the out-of-print book Hitler’s Elec­tion Strategy. Coin­ci­den­tal­ly, Vice-Prime Minister,Taro As, is also a long-time admir­er of Nazi polit­i­cal strat­e­gy, and has sug­gest­ed Japan fol­low the Nazi Par­ty tem­plate to sneak con­sti­tu­tion­al change past the pub­lic.

Even Japan’s Prime Min­is­ter Abe has been pho­tographed with mem­bers of Zaitokukai. Masu­ki, who snapped a pho­to with Abe on August 17h 2009, while he was still a mem­ber of the group, bragged that Abe “kind­ly remem­bered him.”

Discussion

2 comments for “Pokemon Banzai!”

  1. Very bizarre phe­nom­e­non with ten­drils every­where... When I first start­ed hear­ing “Pokemon=INqtel”, I was skep­ti­cal because “what more can the feds and mega­corps get out of peo­ple’s phones, what more do they want?” Well, this is a nice expla­na­tion as to why this is so use­ful to intel. Yes, it is Deb­ka, so caveats apply, but there is one pas­sage that explains it in plain lan­guage that most Poke­mon sto­ries don’t use.

    http://www.debka.com/article/25562/Pokemon-Go-%E2%80%93-super-spy-potential-terror-tool

    “It was devel­oped by the San Fran­cis­co, Cal­i­for­nia-based Nan­tic which was found­ed in 2010 as a Google start­up by the per­son who estab­lished the map­ping firm Key­hole.
    Key­hole, which was set up in 2001, was fund­ed by ven­ture cap­i­tal firm In-Q-Tel that was con­trolled by the US Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Agency and acquired sev­er­al years lat­er by Google.
    The link­age of these com­pa­nies to each oth­er, to Google and to the Amer­i­can intel­li­gence agency, leaves lit­tle doubt about the real pur­pose of the game and how the vast amounts of col­lect­ed data may be used – pri­mar­i­ly as a quin­tes­sen­tial oper­a­tional spy tool.
    Con­trollers of the game’s data col­lec­tion net­work are also pro­vid­ed with GPS to pin­point the exact loca­tion of mil­lions of users at any giv­en time togeth­er with access to their video cam­eras.
    Thus, users of the app will be unknow­ing­ly engag­ing in intel­li­gence gath­er­ing with the help of pho­tog­ra­phy from every angle of near­ly every loca­tion on earth in the course of chas­ing the poke­mons that were released as their prey.
    At least one of the fea­tures of the game was appar­ent­ly cre­at­ed under the direc­tion of an intel­li­gence ser­vice.
    Niantic has giv­en var­i­ous com­pa­nies per­mis­sion to pub­li­cize the pres­ence of poke­mons around shop­ping cen­ters, restau­rants, muse­ums and oth­er sites. It then becomes a sim­ple mat­ter to spread the word on social net­works that a rare breed of poke­mons has appeared on the wall of a nuclear pow­er plant in a tar­get­ed city. Hun­dreds, if not thou­sands, of addicts would head for the new loca­tion, click­ing their video cam­eras and GPS sys­tems as they go. This data would be beamed instant­ly to the mon­i­tors of the game’s clan­des­tine con­trollers.
    Nin­ten­do Go and its poten­tial for lur­ing play­ers to high-secu­ri­ty and off-lim­its mil­i­tary facil­i­ties also makes it a major haz­ard in the hands of crim­i­nal orga­ni­za­tions and ter­ror­ists.
    A sit­u­a­tion in which large num­bers of peo­ple inno­cent­ly search­ing for poke­mons with their eyes glued to their smart­phones are led into a trap by ter­ror­ists can no longer be dis­missed as a fan­tas­tic sce­nario. ”

    I had also won­dered what intel would get out of Google Earth. You don’t need to make a pub­licly avail­able satel­lite view of Earth to be able to view things from space. Poke­mon Go helped me under­stand Google Earth, which came from the same folks. It’s the pic­tures that users can attach to the Google Earth inter­face! Crowd-sourced intel­li­gence.

    For a more main­stream view than Deb­ka, here is Net­work World, which is NOT a con­spir­a­cy site.

    http://www.networkworld.com/article/3099092/mobile-wireless/the-cia-nsa-and-pokmon-go.html

    “Way back in 2001, Key­hole, Inc. was found­ed by John Han­ke (who pre­vi­ous­ly worked in a “for­eign affairs” posi­tion with­in the U.S. gov­ern­ment). The com­pa­ny was named after the old “eye-in-the-sky” mil­i­tary satel­lites. One of the key, ear­ly back­ers of Key­hole was a firm called In-Q-Tel.

    In-Q-Tel is the ven­ture cap­i­tal firm of the CIA. Yes, the Cen­tral Intel­li­gence Agency. Much of the fund­ing pur­port­ed­ly came from the Nation­al Geospa­tial-Intel­li­gence Agency (NGA). The NGA han­dles com­bat sup­port for the U.S. Depart­ment of Defense and pro­vides intel­li­gence to the NSA and CIA, among oth­ers.

    Keyhole’s note­wor­thy pub­lic prod­uct was “Earth.” Renamed to “Google Earth” after Google acquired Key­hole in 2004.

    In 2010, Niantic Labs was found­ed (inside Google) by Keyhole’s founder, John Han­ke.”

    (con­tin­u­ing)

    “Over the next few years, Niantic cre­at­ed two loca­tion-based apps/games. The first was Field Trip, a smart­phone appli­ca­tion where users walk around and find things. The sec­ond was Ingress, a sci-fi-themed game where play­ers walk around and between loca­tions in the real world.

    In 2015, Niantic was spun off from Google and became its own com­pa­ny. Then Poké­mon Go was devel­oped and launched by Niantic. It’s a game where you walk around in the real world (between loca­tions sug­gest­ed by the ser­vice) while hold­ing your smart­phone.”

    Next up, let’s look at this con­cept in prac­tice. For exam­ple, there is South Korea. Note: while the main goal would be to watch North Korea, South Korea is also kept under watch as they rou­tine­ly try to steal Amer­i­can nuclear secrets so they can keep up with their neigh­bors.

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/22/asia/south-korea-pokemon-sokcho/index.html

    “This is a scene repli­cat­ed across the sea­side city of Sok­cho in South Korea, 35 kilo­me­ters or 20 miles away from the DMZ or demil­i­ta­rized zone which splits North and South Korea.
    Smart­phones raised, brows fur­rowed, Poke­mon Go zom­bies in a world of their own have tak­en over the streets of Sok­cho — and the game isn’t even avail­able in this coun­try yet.
    This is the only area in South Korea you can play the aug­ment­ed real­i­ty game that has swept the world, large­ly thanks to a tech­ni­cal loop­hole.
    This north­east­ern tip of South Korea lies just out­side the index grids the game’s devel­op­ers use to geo­graph­i­cal­ly block the coun­try.”

    (con­tin­u­ing)

    “Some local media have sug­gest­ed the fact Google Maps is restrict­ed here due to secu­ri­ty con­cerns may com­pli­cate the mat­ter. The South Kore­an gov­ern­ment denies that.
    Google is request­ing full map data from South Korea, a request that has to be cleared by sev­en min­istries, includ­ing the defense and for­eign min­istries and the Nation­al Intel­li­gence Ser­vice.
    Under South Kore­an law, any map has to have cer­tain secu­ri­ty instal­la­tions blurred or blacked out. The gov­ern­ment says it will give Google an answer before August 25.
    But for now, restric­tions and geo­graph­i­cal block­ing aside, one city in South Korea is enjoy­ing its spe­cial sta­tus as the coun­try’s holy grail for Poke­mon fans. ”

    And sur­prise, sur­prise, some­body placed Poke­mon in the DMZ!

    https://www.inverse.com/article/18121-north-korea-pokemon-go-gym-dmz-south-korea

    ” Red­dit user post­ed an unusu­al mes­sage he received from a mil­i­tary bud­dy of his sta­tioned in South Korea per­tain­ing to the aug­ment­ed real­i­ty Poké­mon app. Appar­ent­ly, there is a Poké­mon gym locat­ed in the demil­i­ta­rized zone (DMZ) between the North and South Kore­an bor­der.

    The DMZ is the bor­der between com­mu­nist North Korea and demo­c­ra­t­ic South Korea. Since the two coun­tries are tech­ni­cal­ly still at war — they signed an armistice in 1953 — the DMZ works as a de fac­to bor­der between them. Aside from a cen­tral point where the two coun­tries occa­sion­al­ly meet, the DMZ is lit­tered with armed guards, land mines, and snipers. So yeah, since Pan­munjom is offi­cial­ly on the North Kore­an side of the DMZ, reach­ing it might pose a lit­tle bit of a chal­lenge.

    While the like­li­hood of some­one in North Korea claim­ing that gym are fair­ly slim, any­body from the South fool­ish enough to ven­ture close to the bor­der for the chance to claim, pos­si­bly the safest gym leader posi­tion avail­able in the world, would risk being per­ceived as an invad­er and trig­ger­ing an inter­na­tion­al con­flict (or at least a land­mine).

    After news reports of find­ing dead bod­ies, armed rob­beries, angry rants, and now this, Poké­mon GO is pret­ty much tap­ping into the entire­ty of the human expe­ri­ence. It would be a sur­prise if every­one makes it out of this col­lec­tive obses­sion alive.”

    And it ain’t just Korea that noticed...

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/21/world/asia/pokemon-go-saudi-arabia-russia-egypt.html

    “In Sau­di Ara­bia, cler­ics renewed an exist­ing fat­wa against Poké­mon, call­ing it “un-Islam­ic.”

    Bosnia has warned play­ers to avoid chas­ing the crea­tures onto land mines left over from the 1990s.

    An Egypt­ian com­mu­ni­ca­tions offi­cial said the game should be banned because shar­ing pho­tos or videos of secu­ri­ty sites could put the sites at risk.

    Russ­ian offi­cials sound­ed sim­i­lar warn­ings, say­ing that “the con­se­quences would be irre­versible” if Poké­mon play­ers con­tin­ued unchecked.”

    “The game is notable for caus­ing peo­ple to range out into the world, walk­ing into places where they might not nor­mal­ly have a rea­son to be, point­ing their smart­phone cam­eras at build­ings and his­tor­i­cal sites.

    The game over­lays a dig­i­tal world of crea­tures, PokéStops and oth­er fea­tures on the real world. Play­ers cap­ture the many types of Poké­mon and then use them to bat­tle on teams for con­trol of loca­tions known as gyms.

    “Poké­mon can be found in every cor­ner of the earth,” the app tells users when they down­load the game.

    And that is pre­cise­ly the prob­lem.

    “Poké­mon Go is the lat­est tool used by spy agen­cies in the Intel war, a cun­ning despi­ca­ble app that tries to infil­trate our com­mu­ni­ties in the most inno­cent way under the pre­text of enter­tain­ment,” said Ham­di Bakheet, a mem­ber of Egypt’s defense and nation­al secu­ri­ty com­mit­tee in Par­lia­ment, accord­ing to a report on Al Jazeera.

    Russ­ian web­sites also pub­lished arti­cles claim­ing the game is a C.I.A. plot, while reli­gious fig­ures denounced it.

    “It smacks of Satanism,” a Cos­sack leader told local media. The Kremlin’s press sec­re­tary warned users not to vis­it the Krem­lin look­ing for Poké­mon, and there was talk of prison time for any­one found look­ing for them in a church.

    Kuwait banned the app’s use at gov­ern­ment sites, and offi­cials warned it could put users’ per­son­al data at risk or be used by crim­i­nals to lure vic­tims to iso­lat­ed places.

    Indone­sian offi­cials also called it a nation­al secu­ri­ty threat that could allow its ene­mies to pen­e­trate mil­i­tary sites and gain access to top-secret data. On Mon­day night, a French cit­i­zen work­ing in Indone­sia was tem­porar­i­ly detained after stum­bling onto the grounds of a mil­i­tary base in West Java Province while search­ing, he said, for Poké­mon fig­ures.

    Israeli offi­cials warned sol­diers not to use it on bases as it could reveal their loca­tion.

    South Korea’s gov­ern­ment already restricts Google Maps for secu­ri­ty rea­sons, so Poké­mon Go — which uses the data to pop­u­late its own maps — wouldn’t work any­way. But the app hap­pens to be work­ing in one small sea­side town near the North Kore­an bor­der — and bus­loads of peo­ple are show­ing up to play.

    The app uses geolo­ca­tion fea­tures and enables the phone’s cam­era. Users typ­i­cal­ly sign in with a Google account. An ear­ly ver­sion appeared to give the game full access to some users’ Google accounts, but the com­pa­ny said that was a mis­take that was reversed in an update.

    Since the game was released on July 6, it has gained mil­lions of users around the world, includ­ing some who had already made head­lines with ques­tion­able deci­sions to play at Auschwitz, Arling­ton ceme­tery and the 9/11 memo­r­i­al in New York City.

    A spokes­woman for Niantic denied the alle­ga­tions that the game is a tool of espi­onage, and said the com­pa­ny asks all users “to abide by local laws, and respect the loca­tions you vis­it and peo­ple you meet dur­ing your explo­ration.””

    Posted by CarobSteviaMatte | August 12, 2016, 1:10 pm
  2. Trump and Abe sit­tin’ in a tree...

    “Trump had a pri­vate meet­ing with Japan­ese Prime Min­is­ter Shin­zo Abe Thurs­day. Abe in brief remarks to reporters said the atmos­phere or the meet­ing was “cor­dial” and said “I am con­vinced that Mr. Trump is a leader with whom I can have great con­fi­dence.” He did not go into details about what they dis­cussed, because Trump has not yet tak­en office.”

    http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/romney-may-be-gringrich-out-trump-cabinet-n685541

    Posted by Sampson | November 18, 2016, 6:18 am

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