Romi Hoshino, 28, managed "Manga Mura" (Manga village), which shut down on its own in April last year as Japan launched a manhunt for the website''s founder for massive violation of copyright.
About 100 million people each month used the popular pirate website, which made around 60,000 manga -- Japanese graphic novels or comics -- available to the public for free immediately after publication.
Manga publishers lost about 320 billion yen (USD 2.94 billion) in potential revenues over a six-month period to February 2018 alone, Japan''s Content Overseas Distribution Association said.
"It''s an enormous amount and Manga Mura was a very big issue for manga editors," an official from the anti-piracy group told AFP.
"The Japanese government created a task force just to take measures against Manga Mura," the association official added.
Hoshino, who holds a Japanese passport, was arrested on Sunday at Manila airport after the Japanese embassy in Manila sought help in locating him, immigration commissioner Jaime Morente said in a statement, describing him as the Manga Mura manager.
"His presence in the country is a risk to public safety and security," and will likely be deported to Japan, Morente said. (AFP) SCY SCY
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