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METI to Start the First Cross-Industry Anti-Piracy Measures for Manga and Anime

On July 28, 2014, along with launching a web site collecting links of legitimate Japanese Manga and Anime, called “Manga-Anime here” (URL: External Site Link), METI will start to monitor and remove illegally uploaded copies of around 580 works over five months.
With a decrease in piracy in the market and through fair reward for legitimate contents, which leads to the creation of new contents, this project aims to generate a positive growth cycle

Recently the cost of damage from pirate copies of Manga and Anime has been expanding. According to a report in 2013 from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan, in major cities of China (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chongqing) the cost of damage to Japanese contents is JPY 560 billion (approximately US$ 5.6 billion) per year. Also a 2014 METI report indicates that the estimated cost of damage from online piracy is as much as JPY 2 trillion (approximately US$ 20 billion).

Taking countermeasures against the serious damage caused by piracy, the Manga-Anime Anti-Piracy Committee was formed in July 2013 in response to a proposal by METI then subsequently launched the Manga-Anime Guardians Project (MAGP) to promote antipiracy activities.

Overview of Manga-Anime Guardians Project (MAGP)

  1. Large scale and efficient removal of pirated copies

    From August 1, 2014, METI will start to monitor and remove illegally uploaded copies of around 580 works, including 500 works of Manga and 80 works of Anime over five months.

  2. Launching a web site of links to legitimate Manga and Anime

    On July 30, 2014, METI launches “Manga-Anime here” (URL:http://manga-anime-here.comExternal Site Link) to guide Manga-Anime fans away from illegal sources and to legitimate sites by providing URL links to legitimate Manga-Anime.

  3. Promotion for watching and reading legitimate contents

    A special promotional short movie has been created for this very project that consists of “Thank You” footage from selected masterpieces of Japanese Manga and Anime. METI will continue to make further efforts for the promotion of anti-piracy measures.

This project will be carried out by the Content Overseas Distribution Association (CODA) as a commissioned project with METI’s supplementary budget for the fiscal year of 2013, which is referred to as “The initiative to strengthen anti-piracy measures (the initiative to support anti-piracy efforts for the purpose of promoting content distribution)”.


Details of the MAGP(PDF:621KB) PDF File

Release Date

July 30, 2014

Division in Charge

Media and Content Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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