Recently there have been several problematic YouTubers popping up in Japan. These YouTubers, since named “Meiwakukei” (迷惑系) or nuisance YouTubers, have been causing various problems for the people they come across. The most recent nuisance YouTuber goes by the name of Hezumaryu and has been on a rampage in an attempt to garner attention. His initial videos were somewhat typical and included travel vlogs or food challenges. But when the views didn’t roll in, his videos began to become more extreme.
Recently videos have begun to include showing up unannounced at a popular YouTubers house to harass them and their family to collaborate or reportedly uploading videos of eating stolen goods on YouTube. Due to his high amounts of travel, Hezumaryu was recently announced to have contracted the Coronavirus. Despite this, he continued to travel around his home prefecture of Yamaguchi and meet with people, infecting 2 of which he had come into contact with.
He also managed to infect 7 more people he was in contact within the Aichi prefecture. The governors of both prefectures made announcements concerning him, spreading his name and encouraging him to continue his attention-grabbing actions. Even after being banned several times for his inappropriate videos, Hezumaryu and other nuisance YouTubers like his claim that it only makes them more infamous. He says that if he’s banned, he’ll continue to create newer accounts or go to other platforms and that YouTube is simply a means to become famous.