When people plan to do or have done horrible things in Japan, 2chan is sometimes where they earn their 15 minutes of infamy. Hiroyuki was famously—and successfully—sued for defamation involving posts on 2chan. Years after rulings that allegedly ordered him to pay out over a half-million dollars, he still hadn’t handed over the cash by 2008. In an interview with Shukan Post, he even boasts of ignoring the lawsuits and not paying compensation.
“Yes, that’s correct. I’ve received more than 100 lawsuits so far. The reason why I don’t pay compensation is that I think I am not responsible for what others post,” he said. “If I were posting death threats or whatever, then I must pay. But I’m just a manager of 2ch. I don’t feel guilty at all.”