Five prefectural police departments in Kyoto, Yamaguchi, Shizuoka, Mie, and Shimane announced on January 31 that they had arrested five Chinese men and women in age of 23-28 years on charges of copyright infringement. The five are accused of posting illegally translated Japanese manga, game, and game magazines onto the internet without their copyright holders' permission. Hit the jump for more details.
After the arrest of the 32-year-old unemployed man who sent threatening mails to popular anime voice actress Ayana Taketatsu for four years yesterday, she posted her message to her fans on her official Twitter and blog. She says, "I'm fine! I'm alright! So please don't worry about me." Hit the jump for more details.
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department arrested a 32-year-old unemployed man from Kikukawa-city, Shizuoka Prefecture on suspicion of intimidation against popular anime voice actress Ayana Taketatsu today on January 10. He sent about 7,000 threatening emails to her agency's office, saying "I will never forgive you. DieDieDie." since 2014. Hit the jump for more details.
Following the arrest by the prefectural police in September, the Kumamoto district court yesterday judged 30-year-old male self-employed worker from Okinawa, Yo Uehara, guilty for illegally uploading Eiichiro Oda's popular manga series One Piece onto the internet. The court gave him a sentence of 18 months' imprisonment with a fine of 500,000 yen, as demanded by the prosecutor. Hit the jump for more details.
Following the trial on Tuesday, the Morioka district court in Iwate Prefecture yesterday judged two Japanese men guilty for illegally uploading two popular Japanese manga, Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal and Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins, onto a foreign site from June to July of this year. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Yomiuri Shimbun, Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department pressed charges against 47-year-old manga artist Nobuhiro Watsuki, best known for his internationally popular Rurouni Kenshin series, today for possession of child pornography. Hit the jump for more details.
Several major Japanese news media reported on Wednesday that Kumamoto Prefectural Police arrested five people who posted scanned pages of Eiichiro Oda's internationally popular manga One Piece on their illegal "netabare" (spoilers) sites before the magazine's official release day in Japan. Hit the jump for more details of the crime.
Following the arrest of the 20-year-old male student who send death threats against 25-year-old popular anime voice actress/singer Sumire Uesaka, her agency Space Craft Entertainment released their official statement on the case on her official blog yesterday. Read the statement after the jump.
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department announced today that they arrested a 20-year-old male student at a technical college from Tsuruoka-city, Yamagata Prefecture, on suspicion of forcible obstruction of business. The man reportedly posted several death threats against 25-year-old popular anime voice actress Sumire Uesaka on Japanese textboard 2channel. Hit the jump for more details.
Osaka Prefectural Police arrested 31-year-old Japanese comedian Galigali Galixon (Yoshimoto Creative Agency) for drunken driving on the street of Osaka-city on May 12, then it was later confirmed that he was cast as one of the characters in the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi's action comedy manga Gintama. Hit the jump for more detail.
Okayama Prefectural Police announced on May 10 that they arrested a 32-year-old unemployed man from Hino-city, Tokyo, for selling fake autographed colored papers of famous Japanese anime/manga creators including Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro) and Makoto Shinkai (Your Name.) on internet auction sites. Hit the jump for more details.
As previously reported, 46-year-old Japanese rock singer Takanori Nishikawa (T.M. Revolution) joined the Anime Japan 2017 event to attend his inauguration ceremony as councillor for the Manga-Anime Guardians Project on March 26. Check out the report and photos from the event after the jump.
On April 3, Kanagawa Prefectural Police arrested a 42-year-old man for stealing 25 anime DVDs at a rental DVD store in Hiratsuka-city in the prefecture immediately following the crime. The suspect is a technical staff member of the Yokohama Harbor Police Station. Hit the jump for more details.