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Japan anime web pirates shut down by Brazil authorities

First-of-its-kind probe targets illegal operations that cost industry billions of dollars

Losses from anime piracy in Brazil alone come to an estimated 200 billion yen a year. (Photo by Akinobu Iwasawa, retouched for copy right reasons)

TOKYO -- An investigation into illegal anime sharing in Brazil has shut down 36 websites, Nikkei has learned, marking a first-of-its-kind crackdown in the Latin American country.

Losses from piracy are a serious issue for the Japanese anime industry, which commanded a 2.7 trillion yen ($20.4 billion) global market in 2021, according to The Association of Japanese Animations. The figure was up 13% from the previous year.

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