Meet Some Of Japan's Stupidest Twitter Users

Twitter sure is fun. It's a great way to get information and communicate with others. It's also a platform for people to be really, really stupid. Sometimes people forget that their tweets aren't being broadcasted to just their friends, but the entire world.

Japan isn't unique in having stupid folks online. Wherever there are people and Twitter users, there are dumb Twitter users. Idiots are universal!

However, Japan does have a word to describe moronic Twitter users: "Bakattaa" (バカッター). It's a word play on "Twitter" and the Japanese for "stupid", which is "baka" (馬鹿 or バカ). These are tweets that often have the Twitter user confess to things that could get them in trouble, such as underage drinking or even crime.

Many of these tweets were retweeted thousands of times. Sometimes, internet users even use the tweets to report said crimes to the cops.

Relatively speaking, Japan is safe. Thus, even the stupidest petty crime seems all the worse — and admitting that you've committed said petty crime seems all the more dumb. Stealing is bad, but considering how strict Japanese traffic laws are, it's especially dumb to drive without a licence.

Here is a roundup of some of Japan's most memorable stupid tweets from bulletin board 2ch and various Japanese blogs and websites. Names and faces censored, because sometimes we all are idiots.

"I stole a geeky classmate's wallet! I can have a drinking party!" Um, yay?


"I'm destroying the restroom, hahaha." (This Twitter user then tweeted out that the restroom has since been repaired, and apologised for the damage.)


"I stole a DS from the classroom lol. Because it had Pokémon: Black 2 and Pokémon: Ruby with it, I'm now going to head to the GEO game shop and resell them." Don't worry, your secret is safe with the entire internet.


"Driving without a licence now. It sure is scary." It sure is.


"I took home this bag someone left on the train! lol There were like, new smartphones in it lulz" Like, wow.


Lighting money on fire. Which apparently isn't a crime in Japan, but it sure is stupid! Expensive too.


"Today at McDonald's, a stupid junior high school student on summer vacation left out a wallet, so I stole only the cash lol" Phew. At least you left the other stuff.


"Yu doesn't have a licence lol" Yu isn't wearing her seatbelt, either.


The tweet that accompanied this pointed out that the woman on the left got in a hit-and-run accident, but that she is "totally cute". Because, really, what's committing crimes when someone is totally cute?

So, if you use Twitter, try not to be an idiot, and if you do end up committing crimes, be attractive!

今日電車の忘れられたカバン拾った! [Togetter] ゆっちゃん無免w [キター] 「無免なうです こわいがな! 免許はよとれよな~」→ ネットユーザーが警察に通報か [Minkara] また馬鹿発見器発動したぞwwwww [ついっぷる] バカッターで千円札燃やしてるバカがいるぞ!! [もみあげチャ~シュ~] バカッター画像 まとめ [Naver] バカッターのガキがトイレ破壊wwwwwwwwww [スコール]


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Comments

    Would still hit dat' @cute girls

    This was well done! A lol first thing in the morning. Gold.

    Video Games.

    I can see the immense relevance of this article to this website.

      Culture Smash is one of the best running sets on the site.

      Also, as discussed many times in the past, Kotaku is not purely a video game website.

      How hard is it to scroll past the link if the story doesn't interest you? Instead you click the article, read it AND waste time commenting. Looks like someone's a bit of an attention seeker....

        I thought this article would have something to do with games. It didn't. I expressed my disappointment in the comments section (which, I should point out, was created purely for sharing the opinions of readers)

        So, to paraphrase you but modify it slightly:
        How hard is it to scroll past the my comment if the content doesn't interest you? Instead you click the reply button, read it AND waste time commenting. Looks like someone's a bit of an attention seeker....

          On the contrary, your comment does interest me very much. If the editors were to think that your opinion represented the majority, and the content was altered, this site would no longer be "Kotaku".

          Plenty of readers come to Kotaku for it's unique cocktail of gaming, culture and otaku posts. If you want to strictly read gaming posts, then perhaps there are other blogs that are more suited to your needs.

          My point is, why come to a website that has always presented itself in such a way and whinge about its content? It makes no sense and comes off extremely selfish.

            Because it hasn't presented itself in that way?

            I'm not interested in Kotaku US. Kotaku Australia maintains that it is a strictly gaming-related blog. It's not rocket science.

          How hard, then, is it to read a headline? Work with me here, I'm gonna take you through the basic steps to reading comprehension.
          1. "Meet some of Japan's..." - no mention of games so far. Seems like your disappointment is misplaced so far.
          2. "...stupidest...." - I don't think this could have mislead you to think this is a gaming article either.
          3. "...twitter users." There. That, right there. That's the part where, when you read it, you see this is about twitter, not games. Having read the whole article's title, as you ought to if you want to know what this article is about, you would now know this article is about twitter in Japan, and stupid people who use it.
          For you to think this is an article related to games and then be upset enough to debate it all morning shows you might not be paying enough attention. Are you also upset when you find that most of twitter is not gaming related? Do you cry in outrage "But! But! The title of this site is Twitter! It ought to be gaming related because I think it ought!"

          Reading headlines = less disappointment as you consciously vet uninteresting posts = fewer inane, irrelevant comments for the rest of us to sift through.

            Ahem. I'll just leave a quote of a post I left below:

            "This one simply says something about stupid Japanese twitter users. That could mean they did something that Nintendo punished them for. It could mean that they tweeted about stealing video games, even."

            Do you see, now, how it could easily be the title of a gaming-related article?

              Woah, WOAH! Holdonasec!

              You're arguing that the title had no relevance to games and has mislead you, because you thought:

              "This one simply says something about stupid Japanese twitter users. That could mean they did something that Nintendo punished them for. It could mean that they tweeted about stealing video games, even."

              Except in the article, one of the twitter examples is CLEARLY ABOUT STEALING VIDEO GAMES!!!

              “I stole a DS from the classroom lol. Because it had Pokémon: Black 2 and Pokémon: Ruby with it, I’m now going to head to the GEO game shop and resell them.”

              So by your own logic,

              THIS ARTICLE IS ABOUT VIDEO GAMES!

              /STORY

                Of course. Your tenuous argument gets even more tenuous, so you grab at straws desperately in order to gain (what you think) is the upper hand. Well done.

                  Are you a bit slow? Seriously, noone wants to make fun of the slow kid, it's not even sport then.

                  Yeah shirokaze has really got you there. Take it like a champ instead of using tenuous twice in one sentence. This isn't a philosophical argument where upper hands can be had due to the lack of objectivity. Its a clear case of you making a comment and being wrong. Don't worry, I've made the same 'this is meant to be a gaming site' comment before too.

      Dude, posting snaps of cute Japanese girls trumps all. Haven't your read Bro Code by-law 278:15.1??

    "At Kotaku Australia, we’re carefully trying to build a reputation for creating the strongest, most engaging content surrounding games and gaming culture."

    Is this about games? Nope.

    Is this about gaming culture? Nope.

    Sorry, but this article truly isn't relevant to Kotaku.

      "Culture Smash is a regular dose of things topical, interesting and sometimes even awesome—game related and beyond."

      It knows what it is, clearly the editors feel that it is in line with the website and what they are trying to offer, I personally agree and hope it continues. It's a shame that you can't appreciate the articles, thankfully you are not the editor.

        So they put a quote at the bottom as a disclaimer that "by the way, the thing you just read? Yeah, it makes no sense given the context of a gaming website. We're just writing this to cover our arses."

        I don't mind that you enjoyed its' content. I'm just getting annoyed at the increasing saturation of these irrelevant kinds of articles on Kotaku. I genuinely read Kotaku for gaming news. I get my world news from nytimes, I get my tech news from gizmodo. There is a reason I like the silo's. They focus what I'm reading. If I wanted topical "news" such as this, I would gladly go on reddit.

          You realize Kotaku isn't purely a gaming site yeah? Or did you somehow completely miss that even though the name itself implies it's aimed at 'otaku' culture... I'm really struggling to understand how you missed that.

            "At Kotaku Australia, we’re carefully trying to build a reputation for creating the strongest, most engaging content surrounding games and gaming culture."

              Still doesn't imply that it's just games and gaming culture in any way shape or form. I fail to see any logic in your arguments. If you don't like articles like this don't view them, the name of the article made it pretty clear that it wasn't an article related to gaming. You might want to avoid IRL articles from now on.

                Try actually reading the thread you're replying to. You've just made two points that I already refuted.

                  I've read the thread and I beg to differ, you haven't successfully refuted anything. Your points are based on opinion and neglect the facts therefor they are invalid. You ask people to scroll past your comment if they don't like it but refuse to ignore an article you don't like, flawed logic is flawed.

              "Since 2005, Kotaku has unabashedly covered Japan from Japan, breaking news and providing a boots-on-the-ground look at the country's gaming and geek culture. The site's name, "Kotaku", is even from a made-up Japanese word with "ko" (小) meaning "small" and "otaku" (オタク) meaning "geek". Voilà, Kotaku!"

                Where on the about page does it say that, exactly?
                http://www.kotaku.com.au/about/

                  You're a dick.

      I never see these comments from you when Mark does "Off Topic"...

        Off topic is clearly titled, though, isn't it. It's right there in the title.

        This one simply says something about stupid Japanese twitter users. That could mean they did something that Nintendo punished them for. It could mean that they tweeted about stealing video games, even. But at least it should have some relevance.

        Last edited 07/03/13 9:46 am

          " It could mean that they tweeted about stealing video games, even. But at least it should have some relevance."
          From the article:
          “I stole a DS from the classroom lol. Because it had Pokémon: Black 2 and Pokémon: Ruby with it, I’m now going to head to the GEO game shop and resell them.” Don’t worry, your secret is safe with the entire internet.

            Firstly - a day late to the party.

            Secondly - one example is not the entire article. I clearly intended my comments as the central theme for the article, not a one-off example.

            For example, if you were reading a book and on one page there is a passing mention to a fantasy god, would you say the book belongs in the "spiritual texts" section of the bookshop?

              Firstly - "blueman Guest MARCH 7, 2013 10:41 AM" My previous comment was posted less then an hour after yours it just took so long for it to get accepted by the mods

              Secondly - While yes it is the only gaming relevant example in the entire article I'm not the one complaining that this article has no place being on the site because it has nothing to do with gaming, the article isn't labeled "NEWS" or any particular gaming platform it is labelled under real life which is exactly what this article is about.

      Man, just admit you're wrong and move on. Who gives a shit. Go play some games.

    yo @tadmod you might have some inside knowledge on this, but how does allure filter the articles from the US sites? I mean, not everything that gets pushed over from Kotaku US would be relevant / suitable for the AU site, so theres gotta be some sort of filtering.

    is it solely automated, or is there a bit of people input as well?

      What happens is that the articles are pushed to the Australian Databases from the US feed. This then allows the editors to go in and either approve or disapprove articles. Or at least that is how it's meant to work theoretically.

      From what I recall, there was a part of the script that simply pushed articles into the live site rather than requiring them to be approved. I'm hoping that was the reason this article got through :(

    I hate social media for this reason - a bunch of no-one's saying pointless shit and doing pointless shit. There should be a way of getting people banned on twitter by down or up-voting based on their tweets. If down votes exceed a threshold over a certain period of time, they should be banned for 3, 6, 12 months or definitely. Sure they can create another ID, but at least they'll know that they can still get banned if they keep churning out stupid shit.

    Wow Tadmod is a bit high strung, Just chill a little!

    100% of the comments so far are talking about this article's relevance on this website, rather than talking about the article's actual content. Maybe this article doesn't really belong on this website...

    Without trying to sound ignorant, it grates me that Japan is adopting the western culture of flaunting their antisocial behaviour. I really love how clean Japan is generally, how considerate people are, and how they take pride in keeping their places nice. Anything public in Australia is considered fair game by hooligans. I'd hate to see Japan end up like Australia.

      Obviously you posted this in the wrong section. This "comments" section is solely to discuss whether or not this article should be on the website, not to talk about the content of the article.

    I kind of have to agree as to the relevance of the article seeing as there is no shortage of this kind of behaviour in Australia, America and the UK. It's not really a cultural peculiarity.

    On topic: English speaking countries got it right by calling it "Twit"ter and I love how the Japanese have emphasised that part by substituting their own word for twit.

    For the record, you don't have to wear your seat belt in Japan. I put mine on once and my host family stared at me like I was insulting them. Apparently they thought I thought they were bad drivers, so I was preparing for a crash.

      You have to wear a seatbelt in the front, but not in the back.

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