With Japan ramping up their crusade their crusade against anime and manga piracy, they have no asked other governments for assistance. And now, one notorious manga pirate from Japan has been caught… in the Philippines. In fact, the Philippine Bureau of Immigration arrested a 28-year-old male named Romi Hoshino. Hoshino is also known as Zakay Romi, the manager of the now shut down manga piracy website, Manganura.

The Philippine police arrested Hoshino at the request of the Japanese government. They then held him at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City pending deportation proceedings. After that, they will send him back to Japan to stand trial for his crimes.

Mangamura reportedly shut down voluntarily in 2018. After it shut down, several mangaka reported huge jumps in the sales of their works. Japan has been stepping up its anti-piracy campaign lately, and big publishers like Shogakukan have also launched their own campaigns as well. And in addition to Mangamura’s closure, Japanese police also arrested five Chinese nationals tied to anime and manga piracy.

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source: Philippine Daily Inquirer


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