Making 200,000-300,000 yen a month
Kyoto Prefectural Police's Consumer and Economic Crime Division, with Kameoka Station, arrested a 31-year-old male office worker who had a Chinese citizenship on suspicion of copyright infringement (selling and possession for sale) on June 11.
The suspect is accused of selling pirated figures of Boa Hankock, one of the popular female characters in Eiichiro Oda's One Piece series, to two office workers in Kawasaki-city for about 20,000 yen via an internet auction site between December 2013 and February 2014. The police found 63 more pirated figures of Hankock when they searched the suspect's house on June 11, then also arrested him for having them for sale.
Those Hancock figures were customized to be able to remove her outfits. Among the fans, those kind of
character figures are called "Makaizou" figures. The word can be translated "Mad/Evil Customize." The
police thinks they were made in China and is working on finding its acquisition route.
The suspect has already admitted his charge and said he knew they were illegal things. He got one figure
for about 5,000 yen (about US$49), then sold it for 10,000 yen. According to him, the monthly sales was
about 200,000 yen to 300,000 yen (US$1,960-2,940).
photo © Kyoto Shimbun
Hancock image © Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, Fuji TV, Toei Animation