Student held for production of explosives and 3D gun also charged with stimulant possession


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A resourceful young man that is kind of a minor. He can vote and join the SDF, but can't be tried as an adult. Contradictions abound.

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Breaking Bad Nihon style

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Genius that has too much free time and too curious. Should join the SDF or a weapon research department.

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Give him a warning only, and steer him towards a proper university course where he can channel his interests into a useful career in Japan's industries. Although, I'm in two minds about this, simply because it is the same type of thing I did as a high school teenager. When I was in high school, I was a near drop out and had no interest in school. In the country I lived, we could only buy fireworks for a few days each year, and I loved fireworks (more the sparkler type instead of the bang type). I decided to make my own gunpowder and fireworks. I learned from library chemistry books that I needed potassium nitrate, and so set about producing a nitric acid electric-arc still, to make the nitrate. I couldn't quite get the gunpowder mixture correct though (it fizzled more). Through further non-stop experiments (over about a year), I was able to make small amounts of high explosives instead, and some RDX and other things, but none of those were suitable for fireworks (too powerful and the brisance problem). Ironically, it was the gunpowder that I couldn't get right, but everything else that was a lot stronger was easier to make (this was 1980s, so pre-internet help days). One thing it did help me with though was my high school grades in science went through the roof, and it was the one subject I could do. It saved me from dropping out of high school. That taught me I could actually be OK at subjects, and so I later went and did undergrad and then post-grad university.

This kid doesn't sound like he had any nefarious motives, he was just curious about the world and wanted to find out things. I don't think there should be any criminal charges; at the same time, I don't want anyone in society who wants to make stuff, able to find out on the internet how to go about it. In the pre-internet age when I was messing about with this stuff my view was that the effort required to do it, meant that most people who had nefarious motives wouldn't have been able to do it. It probably wouldn't take too long now to gather all the same info that it took me more than year to discover by myself.

In this particular case, it seems the only real danger was to himself from an accident. I taught an after school science club at a school I taught at in Japan, and none of the students were anywhere near this kids level. The important thing is that those kids who figure this stuff out, don't go and teach others who may have different motives.

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This kid can contribute to society if he gets the help and guidance that he needs. I suspect he may have a developmental or personality disorder.

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Give him a stern warning and direct him towards proper mentor and studies, he is definitely much brighter than most his age in Japan and much more curious .

He reminds me myself at that age... I did quite a few experiments back then , unfortunately or fortunately we didnt have 3d printers

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Smart kid, only he’s not a kid except in the eyes of Japanese law.

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Use your talent and skills in a good way young man.

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Imagine having say a 150+ IQ and being forced to go to your average school in Japan. Being made to write essays about how you gambarimashita as a group and listening to drudgery. You’d start climbing the wall, just like this young fella.

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Thanks for telling Japanese how to get guns and explosives.

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Are you all living in a Disney movie? You know nothing about his motives. He may well be a psychopath and his arrest may have prevented mass murder.

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