The Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration has arrested Romi Hoshino at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila after a request from the Japanese Embassy in Manila when he was about to depart for Hong Kong.
Romi Hoshino allegedly operated the Manga-Mura site, the popular anime piracy site which allowed users to read pirated comics.
The website was reportedly shut down in April 2018 following the order from the Japanese government to block users’ access to the website in an attempt to curb piracy in the country.
According to Japan’s Content Overseas Distribution Association, the website was reportedly created in August 2017 and had approximately 620 million visitors between September 2017 and February 2018.
The association reportedly said that the website led to the loss of approximately ¥319.2 billion ($2.93 billion) in revenue for copyright holders making it the worst ever copyright violation in the history of Japan.
The commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration, Jaime Morente reportedly said that the presence of Romi Hoshino in Philippines is a risk to public safety and security.
Hoshino was reportedly detained at an immigration facility in Manila pending deportation proceedings.