GACKT Official Blog update. Translation below:
I arrived in Milan, Italy
to attend a SPINDLE conference.
There’s a time difference of 5 hours.
Maybe it’s because I was working throughout the duration of the flight in the plane, but while I was in Europe, the jet lag was so bad that I woke up at 2 a.m. everyday…
The conference concluded splendidly.
Despite the still-poor cryptocurrency market conditions, the project is steadily making progress day by day.
It’s a world that the project team is about to bring to reality in future.
As we head towards the completion of the platform ZETA, the SPINDLE circle is steadily growing larger in the world.
This content was also reported in the local news.
It is difficult to understand that SPINDLE is different from the usual cryptocurrencies.
As a result, the negative aspect of this is that
those people who do not understand it irresponsibly write superfluous content on their blogs and create even more confusion.
It’s a real problem.
_If we use a simple example of a car to describe the relationship that SPINDLE and ZETA have to each other,
ZETA is the engine, while SPINDLE is the gasoline.
ZETA, as its name suggests, has a form that varies as it grows and expands bigger.
I think you’ll be able to understand this quicker if you watch the video.
It’s the newly released Japanese dub version of ZETA.
The Japanese dubbing is done by me.
This video will also have a Chinese version, Korean version, along with various other language versions that will be uploaded one after another.
It’s very exciting talk for those who understand.
I would like you to look forward to our present state of steady progress and the future of that.
Soon, I’ll be able to announce our listing on the world’s largest class exchange,
but listing itself is not our goal, instead it is intended for the stabilisation and expansion of our market and transaction volumes. This project will only arrive at the starting line once the platform ZETA is completed and released.
There’s yet another piece of happy news.
At present, with AliPay and the widespread use of electronic payments, China is the world’s largest player in FinTech.
And the SPINDLE project team has become the first Japanese project to become a part of
China’s biggest blockchain alliance, Blockchain Industry Alliance Shanghai (below, BIAS).
BIAS is made up of distinguished blockchain research institutions, development institutions, and organisations.
With the blockchain technology-incorporated investment management platform ZETA, it can be expected that the SPINDLE team, which has been highly rated for their development abilities, will be able to contribute to further developments in the blockchain industry through this alliance.
Also, Ervin Zhuang, who serves as a director in BIAS, has formally joined the SPINDLE project as an advisor.
This can be said to be proof that there is a high possibility for the SPINDLE project to enter the Chinese market.
SPINDLE will be opening an office in Shanghai to focus on working with BIAS and business expansions in China.
Do read the news.
We’re steadily making progress, one step at a time.
Alright, changing the topic, 2 days before I came to Europe,
I held a beach BBQ party with help from many entrepreneurs and executives.
This is a social gathering that we hold every year, in the beginning and end of summer, where friends and acquaintances are all gathered at the beach to enjoy a barbecue and water sports.
This is a place where company presidents and staff, hospital managers, IT engineers, creators and people from the entertainment industry, dancers, university students, foreigners, basically people of all ages and occupations gather.
We first started this about 6 years ago with the intention to let bonds get to grow deeper, to bring excitement to each other, to work together to make our dreams come true.
This year, there were more than 400 people who attended, making it feel like a small festival.
To me, since I normally live overseas,
events like this in summer and winter in Japan have become precious places for me to deepen relations with my friends and to make more new friends with the people that they bring along.
I, myself, will also teach hover boarding to the children and families who are gathered there.
It was a meaningful time spent this time as well.
To be on the Japanese sea for the first time after a long while. The clear sky feels great.
As the children were happily frolicking, I looked to the side, up the beach,
and saw two suspicious people approaching from behind.
One kept filming a video…
「We’re from Shunkan Shincho. In your previous blog,
you wrote that you “got tackled from behind by Shincho”
so this time, we’ve come before you」
they said while filming without permission as if nothing is wrong.
don’t you think it’s absolutely insane the way you’ve been secretly filming this BBQ party like that and how you’re suddenly calling out to me and appearing behind me without first contacting my office??』
「Since you’re a celebrity, you can’t do anything even if we’re secretly filming you?」
The Shunkan Shincho reporters were terribly firm with how sure they were about their guerilla interview.
I decided to accept their interview.
I’m fine. But. Don’t you have the even the slightest bit of consideration?
There are company presidents and executives, their staff, and there are their families and students here too.
Of course, there are lots of children here too.
There are surely no guerilla interviews that unexpectedly crash such events right…
Indeed, in my previous blog,
I listed out the “truth” on SNS in response to their article because it was too far from the truth.
My current agent for Japan has also put out an official media release stating that the content that Shincho detailed are not true at all.
If you look back at it, the article content is weird.
It says that music production company G-PRO, which I was contracted under until May of last year, has gone bankrupt due to financial troubles as reported to the police. Furthermore, Shincho pointed out that G-PRO is handled by me, GACKT, and that it’s my own office. This is despite that there were other contracted parties as well.
Regarding this matter, in the interview with Shincho, I’ve explained over and over again,
【G-PRO is a 100% subsidiary of Daiichi Kosho Company, and I am simply an artiste who was contracted under them. That contract expired in May and I now belong to a new office. Shincho’s article has severely misunderstood the facts】
Of course, the associates who did the interview gave the same answers.
Bankruptcy from financial problems?
If this was true, it will likely be a big problem for the large listed parent company of G-PRO. It’s as good as a corporate scandal. However, the associates and I have both never heard of such a story nor its existence.
It’s just an ‘if’.
For argument’s sake, assuming that the things that Shincho pointed out are ‘”facts”, for what reason will you want to do a guerilla interview with me, GACKT, an artiste who has nothing to do with the company’s management at all? I’m having a hard time understanding this.
Shincho says that the ownership is not clear, but no. No, there’s no such thing.
Everyone who got interviewed tells Shincho who the parent company is. Not to mention, if there is police involvement, that will surely be something serious.
That will be misinformation by Shincho in the first place, and that will require them to issue an apology to the parent company and its affiliates.
This is related to the company’s credibility issues.
Despite that, they didn’t bother to check the facts at all, and tied, me, GACKT, together with that company in a reporting of “troubles with the law and bankruptcy”. Right from the start, you can see that they clearly wanted to write and sell this without any intention for apology at all.
This time, again, that was how I replied to Shicho’s side.
While having tea in Milan, I saw the Shincho article that my staff in Japan sent me, and I was again amazed.
I can only laugh.
Not a single thing I said about their unauthorised shooting nor my responses to their guerilla interview was written.
even if I take your interview, you’ll just write something else or something stupid again right?』
When I said that to the reporters that day, they gave me a creepy wry smile. So this is what it meant in the end.
Well, this is just what it is.
Without including a single thing from my sincere replies,
they wrote “Party hosted by GACKT is too suspicious”…
No matter how and what angle you look at it from, aren’t the suspicious ones you guys who were secretly filming in attire that isn’t even suited for the beach?
What was written in here was
as if this time’s social gathering was being reported as some kind of suspicious meet up.
I was amazed by this after all.
All the food and drinks for this party were brought and provided by the participants. It’s only natural that there’s no fee or anything like that.
Everyone came with the consideration that they wanted to have a fun barbecue party, and there were many who came early in the morning from afar laden with drinks and meats. Some came by train, some by car, there were even some who took a bullet train or a plane here.
To say【It’s suspicious that there are no fees!】about this…
If you can say something like that, then in that vein, wouldn’t all the companies and families who hold cherry blossom viewing parties or BBQs be suspicious too?
Do I have to explain something this ridiculous to you?
I normally live overseas. That’s why I can’t meet my Japanese friends like I do in the past. Because of that, around 400 of friends and associates from all over the country who I’m close to gather at this party so that I can reunite with them.
Those acquaintances and friends, those associates and families, they’re not “too suspicious” are they?
I can’t help but feel doubt over the credibility of Shincho’s journalism and articles if they are willing to publish and sell an article that doesn’t only criticise me, GACKT, but even all the people who were gathered at the party by saying that they’re “suspicious”.
It’s the same with the previous article.
What information source did Shincho base off to write that article?
Is it alright to connect me, GACKT, with anything and everything as long as you can sell your magazine?
If you had any journalism in you, I’d think that are other things that are more worthy of chasing after though.
On this end, the【GACKT bankruptcy】article is just taking things out of context and being an exceptional annoyance. If I’m bankrupt I won’t be able to hold such a party or anything of the like, right?
The content of this time’s interview was also recorded but they didn’t even write anything about what I answered to begin with.
Well, if that’s the case, I’d think that there’s no need to come all the way here for a interview though.
The female reporter who was secretly filming also said
『I’m just following instructions from above!』
with a straight face. These days, even children don’t say things like that with a straight face.
After that, they even got angry at the police who we called to the beach.
You’re a proper adult, what the hell are you doing.
I had hoped that we would get to close off this BBQ party in a good mood but it can’t be helped, they just had to butt in.
As long as there are people who are willing to buy magazines that publish stupid articles, there will be reporters who will write stupid articles with all their might.
Everyone, let’s stop that, stop buying stupid magazines.
At the end, those who were from management said
「GACKT are you okay? Seriously, what hopeless people…」
and to that I said,
『I’m sorry that it ended up spoiling the fun…』
for some reason I apologised. Phew… that was how I felt.
As I wondered how many times blows like these have been thrown at me since my younger days, it felt odd that I’ve always dealt with it with complete calmness.
On the other hand, for some reason I ended up coaxing
my staff and some of the younger guys who wanted to get at them, saying
「It’s okay, it’s okay, calm down. There’s no point in getting angry at a lowlife, is there?」
Well, there are all sorts of people in this world.
People who complain about how other people perspire. There are also people who don’t really try hard but when they see someone else who’s made it they envy them and get jealous and start to criticise those other people. There are many people who live with negative lifestyles.
【What kind of beliefs do you hold, and how will you live honestly?】
is the most important thing.
As long as these words get conveyed to those who want it, it’s enough.
Alright then… I’m heading to France after this.
Relaxing overseas is more suited to my nature after all.
Source: GACKT Blog
Translation: GACKT ITALIA Team
Translation © GACKT ITALIA