Japan Film Industry Losses to Piracy

The Japan and International Motion Picture Copyright Association estimates that the movie industry in Japan loses up to $732 Million (56.4 Billion Yen) a year due to movie piracy.

The movie industry loses $305 Million (23.5 Billion Yen) directly from the piracy, with the remaining losses affecting the larger economy.

In 2010, the National Police Agency investigated 368 cases relating to movie piracy, double the amount of cases handled in 2009.

Back in 2005, movie piracy in the country caused losses of $658 Million.

Source: “Film piracy costs Japanese economy 56.4 billion a year: study,” Mainichi Daily News, November 25, 2011.