On September 26th, the Shizuoka prefectural police arrested two men for suspicion of selling pirated Evangelion goods by toy capsule vending machines. Those pirated goods were manufactured at the employment support facility for people with disabilities that one of the suspects owned. Hit the jump for more details.
The Metropolitan Police Department of Japan announced today that they arrested a 21-year-old vocational college student of Chinese nationality on suspicion of possession of 85 pirated One Piece figures for the purpose of selling. The suspect admitted that he had sold 1,300 pirated figures imported from China on internet auction sites. More after the jump.
What better way to combat piracy than with the power of comics? The Japan Association of Music Enterprises created and posted "Music Moral Keepers," an anti-piracy web manga that tackles one of the music industry's greatest woes. Dig the plight of indie band Creek Machine Guns in our handy translation after the jump!
Japanese police didn't want to give Golden Week, a collection of four national holidays, to anime criminals. On April 26, Cyber Crime Section of Fukuoka Prefectural Police arrested a 40-years-old pharmacist on suspicion of using Share file-sharing software to upload the episodes of Heartcatch PreCure! and ONE PIECE to the Internet. Check the details after the jump.
On April 18, Kanagawa Prefectural Police arrested a 33-years-old unemployed Korean man in Utsunomiya-city, Tochigi, on suspicion of violating copyright laws. The man reportedly had sold 9,000 pirated DVDs to 500 people in Japan including the popular anime series Dragon Ball and the live-action adaptation of Satoru Hiura's manga Hotaru no Hikari. Check the details of the case after the jump.
Don't worry, Japanese police is still working diligently to find illegal uploaders. On April 9, Cyber Crime Section of Hyogo Prefectural Police arrested a 34-years-old office worker who uploaded the 24th episode of Toaru Majutsu no Index II, two video games Biohazard 4/Resident Evil 4 and Nobunaga's Ambition: Kakushin. Hit the jump for more details.
Will 2012 be the busiest year for the anti-piracy units of Japanese police? On March 6, Cyber Crime Section of Consumer and Economic Division of Hokkaido Police arrested a 22-year-old college student from Kurume-city, Fukuoka, on suspicion of selling pirated anime DVD-Rs without the permission from the copyright holders from April 19 to June 5 in 2011. More details after the jump.
Japanese police has been chasing after not only illegal anime uploaders but also manga uploaders persistently. On February 28, Cyber Crime Section of Hiroshima Prefectural Police arrested a 25-year-old grad student from Sanyoonoda-city, Yamaguchi, on suspicion of using Share file-sharing software to upload the fourth episode of the manga series Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai+ to the Internet. More details after the jump.
On February 23, Community Safety Planning Division of Gunma Prefectural Police and Maebashi station arrested a 44-year-old office worker from Sapporo-city, Hokkaido, on suspicion of posting the 10th episode of the popular tokusatsu series Kamen Rider Fourze on a Korean video sharing site Pandora TV without the permission from the copyright holder, Toei. More details after the jump.
Yet some people don't stop illegal anime uploading. On February 21, Tochigi Prefectural Police arrested a 27-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of using Share file-sharing software to upload one episode of the popular anime series Puella Magi Madoka Magica to the Internet around November 16, 2011. More details after the jump.
Consumer and Economic Division of Aichi Prefectural Police and Minami station announced that they arrested a 26-year-old office worker on suspicion of using Share file-sharing software to upload the 26th episode of the popular tokusatsu series Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger to the Internet. More details after the jump.
The current leading opposition party, LDP (the Liberal Democratic Party), and the second party Komeito have jointly drawn up a bill aim to punish people who illegally download music and films by their internet access. The bill states that the illegal downloaders are subject to a maximum imprisonment of two years or a fine of two million yen. More details after the jump.
The police in the all 47 prefectures of Japan arrested 30 people on suspicion of using file-sharing software or online storage sites to upload films, music, anime, game, and business software illegally on November 28-30. The details after the jump.
Ishikawa Prefectural Board of Education has taken disciplinary action of a two month suspension from his office against the 33-year-old male primary teacher who uploaded the TV anime K-ON!!, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai in the beginning of August this year. He was arrested by Hyogo Police in September and has already paid the 400,000 yen (about US$5,200) fine. More details after the jump.
Japanese police don't stop pursuing illegal manga/anime uploaders. Gifu Prefectural Police announced that on November 7 they have arrested a 49-year-old office worker on suspicion of using Share file-sharing software to upload the 11th volume "Sora no Otoshimono" manga and the second volume of "Kono S o, Miyo!" to the internet without the permission from the copyright holders on June 17 this year. More details after the jump.