On December 7, Tochigi Prefectural Police arrested two Chinese men, both residing in Arakawa Ward, Tokyo, for selling a pirated hug pillow cover using an image of Nanoha Takamachi from the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha anime series on an internet auction site in April. Hit the jump for more details.
Actor Satoshi Matsuda (Kamen Rider Ryuki, The Last Restaurant) proved that he's not just an ally of justice on screen, but also in real life when he apprehended a man suspected of trying to take unlawful upskirt photographs with a smartphone. Hit the jump to learn more.
After several foreign news sites reported that Taiwan Police already arrested the suspect who sent murder threats to anime voice actress Inori Minase, her agency Sony Music Artists yesterday denied the news and confirmed the suspect has not yet been arrested or placed in custody. Hit the jump for more details.
On November 29, Gunma Prefectural Police arrested a 35-year-old newspaper delivery man from Sendai-city, Miyagi Prefecture, on suspicion of using the file sharing software Perfect Dark to illegally upload two files including the TV anime My Hero Academia onto the internet. Hit the jump for more details.
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's Yotsuya Station exposed two game centers in Akihabara, then arrested their 68-year-old male owner and two managers for offering counterfeit items of popular anime series Love Live! as the prizes for the stores' crane game machines in May and October of this year. Hit the jump for more details.
In addition to the previously reported events in Japan and Taiwan, Sony Music Artists announced yesterday that 20-year-old anime voice actress Inori Minase has also cancelled her appearance at the advance screening event of the upcoming Masamune-kun's Revenge TV anime in Tokyo on December 10. Hit the jump for more story.
Sony Music Artists announced on November 25 that 20-year-old anime voice actress Inori Minase cancelled her appearances at the upcoming events till the end of the next month due to murder threats which are believed to be sent from Taiwan via the Internet. Hit the jump for more details.
Several Japanese media reported that 34-year-old former musician Shin Nohata was arrested by Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department on November 16 for stealing two guitars from his friend's house. He was the vocalist of Japanese rock band The ROOTLESS that performed the 13th OP theme song for the One Piece TV anime. Hit the jump for more details.
Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) announced on November 10 that Miyagi Prefectural Police arrested a 51-year-old man from Kumagaya-city, Saitama Prefecture, for illegally uploading about 2,000 files (over three terabytes worth) of anime music and videos onto the internet for 10 years. Hit the jump for more details.
Despite the open warning from the production committee, he couldn't understand the criminality of his act. Shizuoka Prefectural Police announced yesterday that they had arrested a 54-year-old unemployed man for illegally uploading Makoto Shinkai's mega hit anime film Kimi no Na wa./your name. onto the internet. Hit the jump for more details.
In addition to the original official Twitter account, the production committee of Makoto Shinkai's mega hit anime film Kimi no Na wa./your name has opened another official account to post their messages to ask people not to watch the film by illegitimate means and requests to delete the tweets including links to illegal sites. Hit the jump for more details.