Hiroyuki Nishimura, 45, a businessman and founder of “2channel,” appeared live on ABEMA’s “Abema Prime” (Monday-Friday, 9:00 p.m.) on the 16th to discuss the issue of walking smart phones.
Hiroyuki became a topic of conversation when he was captured on Google Street View walking on a sidewalk in Paris, and since he appeared to be walking on his phone at the time, he was criticized by some who said, “I want you to stop walking on your phone” and “It’s annoying and dangerous. In response, Hiroyuki tweeted a rebuttal, “I think it’s a waste of time in life, like just walking around without playing games,” which drew criticism.
On this day’s broadcast, he reiterated his personal opinion, saying, “I think people who are clumsy or incompetent, such as people who don’t know how fast they are walking, should stop, but if they are in control, I think it’s okay to walk and use a smartphone.
Announcer Naoyuki Hiraishi declined, saying, “We took up the issue because we couldn’t just overlook the statement as it was.
The program included two speakers, Mr. Kuroki, a heelo specializing in self-defense, and Mr. Nobutaka Fujiyoshi, a lawyer, who pointed out the problems of walking smartphone from a crime prevention perspective and a legal perspective, respectively.
Mr. Kuroki said that people who are distracted by walking smartphones are easy targets for crime. Mr. Hiroyuki then cited the advantage of victims being able to photograph their assailants with a camera, and expressed his own opinion, saying, “I think people with smartphones are more difficult to attack because they are more likely to report the incident to the police.
In contrast, Mr. Kuroki was concerned about the influence of Hiroyuki, who is known as the “King of Argumentation”. If Hiroyuki says that smartphones are not dangerous, some people will believe him. I would appreciate it if you would consider your own influence. Hiraishi also pointed out that there are cases where people move around while looking at map apps. “Shibuya and Tokyo are all over the place, so there are places where people move around while looking at map apps,” she said.
She then gently urged Hiroyuki to be careful with his expressions, saying, “It could be perceived as ‘let’s play a game,’ so I thought we had to keep that in mind.