First, the Japanese arrested 2 foreign individuals for leaking stuff from Weekly Shonen Jump. Now, they’re after scanlation websites and online leakers, including a certain Jujutsu Kaisen leaker.
On Feb 4, 2024, the Kumamoto Prefectural Police shared a photograph of their wall containing illegal panels of Jujutsu Kaisen and One Piece manga panels shared on the internet (basically their evidence). They believe that these are related to the individuals they’ve arrested.
According to them, the two suspects were found violating the Copyright Act for illegally posting panels of chapters that haven’t been officially released yet. And on Mar 15, 2023, they took photographs and uploaded the most recent installment of a manga serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump to an online platform prior to the publication date of the magazine.
The aforementioned police department has basically stated that the 2 suspects and their unidentified accomplices took the above images of JJK and One Piece panels on their phones and shared them with scanlation websites and online leakers for money.
Among these screenshots is a shot of a Tweet from Jujutsu Kaisen leaker Myamura, currently going under the handle @Go_Jover, on Twitter.
It’s clear that the Japanese police know of Myamura’s existence and possible connection with these 2 suspects, but what’s more is that, they are investigating websites on which ‘ONE PIECE’ and ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ were published before the release of the magazine.
That includes scanlation websites like TCB and such. After this news broke out, OP Scans and Scanpiea shut down their websites in order to avoid being caught.
"OP Scans" has shut down their website. Second one after Scanpiea a bit earlier. https://t.co/YOHuaVoi8g
— Manga Mogura RE (Manga & Anime News) (@MangaMoguraRE) February 4, 2024
Leakers are in more danger than ever, and it’s now time for anime and manga fans to support the creators of their favorite series by paying or reading/watching from authorized sources.