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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Man arrested in Japan for sharing new Pokemon


Be careful when trying to catch ‘em all: it might just land you in prison, as one Japanese man has learned after sharing new Pokemon with individuals online.

Back in September, 27-year-old Makoto Sekiguchi from Yokohama, Japan uploaded images of still unrevealed new monsters from the latest Pokemon title, Pokemon: Black & White for the Nintendo DS.

He snapped the shots on his mobile phone and the publication of the new characters preceded the game’s Japanese street date by over two weeks.

Leaks happen on the Internet, of course, but whats happened to Sekiguchi seems drastic: he was actually arrested by Chikusei City police, who were prowling the internet while on a “cyber patrol” and immediately started drawing up an arrest warrant for the infringer.

What’s so weird about this case is that Nintendo or Gamefreak don’t seem to be involved pressing charges: Pokemon is big enough in Japan that the police department not only know which Pokemon have been revealed so far, but are willing to press charges against infringers themselves.

As for why he did it, Sekiguchi seems guilty of only enthusiasm: “I thought I would show everyone the characters that haven’t been made public yet,” he explained in a deposition.

Police are not investigating how he came to have access to the pictures at this time.

34 comments:

Astra said...

can't catch 'em all,

ImmaFrog said...

japanese are fked up, c:

Randy said...

sharing a pokemon?!?!?! hahaha

You Piss Me Off said...

Dude, he shouldn't be arrested.
Way too strict.

Robert K. said...

haha the title alone cracks me up

Emil said...

completely agree with you!

Digger said...

arrested? good lord, what is our world coming to?

befashionistic.blogspot.com/ said...

go Japan!

Sebastian said...

Pokemon. Serious business.

Mark said...

Wow, that's insane... How can you be arrested for that? :S

Zoy said...

They take their Pokemon so seriously in Japan. Hope they let him go.

Green_Magix said...

Crazy! I wonder what they would do to the guys hacking and translating the games to English?

vogelhut said...

Lol, just the fact that Nintendo isn't even involved makes this hilarious. Oh Japan.

jura1991 said...

like it..

KTOTHES said...

POKEMON...SERIOUS BUSINESS ....IN JAPAN THOUGH

iRetiv said...

he done goof'd
cyba police cought him lol

Nick said...

that just seems extreme. excessively extreme...

Gansita said...

LOL! that's ridiculous, hahahah

dee jey said...

interesting post

SpringyB said...

Wow, Japan takes pokemon seriously. I'd understand a lawsuit or something but for police to go out on their own and arrested a guy, wow.

RoodNverse said...

lol thats messed up damn police , and lol its the cyber police

Dan said...

Dang, what a spoil-sport. I want the new games already!@

pixel said...

way too serious about pokemon

Matte said...

ahahah fail! :D

ModerneFusion said...

Damn straight, I LOVE THEM POKEMONS!

Beño said...

it was the ciber police?? how did they know about it?

Coupons_Ftw said...

Can't wait for English version to come out.

ItrollTrolls said...

guess he didn't catch 'em all...

CAE.II said...

lol wow. although that would be aggrevating if you were the one who created them I suppose

Anonfourtwenty said...

Well I know who's going to be raped in jail...

MTL beer said...

Japan... where pokemon is serious business.

Kichuwa said...

Anata full baka

The Drug Connoisseur said...

Daamn they take that seriously!

Donkote said...

lol this is ridiculous...

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