The Metropolitan Police Department of Japan announced today that they arrested a 21-year-old vocational college student of Chinese nationality on suspicion of violating Japan's Copyright Act by possession of 85 pirated One Piece figures for the purpose of selling without permission from the copy right holder in his house on July 18.
According to the police, the suspect imported the pirated figures from a Chinese dealer via the internet at the price of 300-1,000 yen (US$3.70-12.60) for one and sold them on Japanese internet auction sites at the price of 3,500-4,000 yen (US$44.00-50.30). He had sold 1,300 figures since February 2011 and had earned 5 million yen (US$62,900). He admitted his guilt and said, "I understood it was the wrong thing to do, but I had to get my living."
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