The National Police Agency says that 30 people have been arrested for illegally distributing manga, music, movies, TV shows and anime, including the latest Harry Potter movie and AKB48 songs.
The NPA said Friday that the arrests were the result of its first fully nationwide exposure of file-sharing software users.
Authorities across the nation used a P2P software monitoring system to detect users of file-sharing applications, Fuji TV reported. The operation, which took place Nov 28-30, is the third such sweep that Japanese police have performed since January 2011.
The scan showed 76 properties at which P2P software was being used, Fuji reported.