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Tokyo Police Make Record Mega Bust of 260,000 Illegal Porn DVDs

Tokyo Metropolitan Police revealed last week that they made their largest seizure ever of illegal porn DVDs, arresting eight people for the possession and sale of uncensored adult videos. In a raid that included a total of five shops and three warehouses in the Shinjuku Ward, they discovered 260,000 discs with an estimated street value of 130 million yen (approx. $1.6 million).

Laws over indecent material require all pornography sold in Japan to have genitalia censored, or “blurred out.” In addition, the suspects, which include 42 year old manager Minoru Ota, were charged with the unauthorized creation of electromagnetic materials, in other words copying DVDs for the purpose of selling them. The police believe that before the record seizure was made, the shops made around 530 million yen ($6.5 million) from their illegal adult video sales.

All eight suspects have admitted their involvement to police. They would only be facing charges of uncensored films if it hadn’t been for new laws established this summer that made the sale of illegally copied media, including DVDs and video games, a punishable criminal offense. Investigators say the five shops didn’t keep the uncensored videos on hand, but rather customers, which to no surprise were mostly middle-aged men, made their selections from a catalog, and were then sent to coin lockers in other locations to pick up their purchases.