Manga Author Arrested For Importing Child Porn

Manga creator went missing since Dec 6,2021 before being located.

The Aichi Prefectural Police arrested the 40-year-old Kenya Suzuki on Monday, Dec 20, 2021, on suspicion of possessing child pornography, Kyodo news service reported. Kadokawa‘s ComicWalker service announced on Dec 24, 2021, that they suspended the serialization of Suzuki’s Please Tell Me! Galko-chan (Oshiete! Galko-chan) manga and its associated pages on the same day of the arrest.

Suzuki allegedly received six photo collections from Germany via international mail on two separate occasions in September and October of last year, violating Japan’s Customs Act.

Suzuki told the officials after his conviction that he “desperately wanted to acquire nude photos of foreign children that cannot be acquired in Japan.”

The police confiscated 46 books and publications allegedly containing child pornography from Suzuki’s residence, reported Kyodo.

On the 20th, Nagoya Customs Department filed a complaint with the Okazaki Branch of the Nagoya District Public Prosecutor’s Office on suspicion of violating the law.

Manga creator Battan(Ane no Yuujin, Itemo Tattemo Irarenai no, Nijiiro Complex)posted an update on Twitter on Dec 14, 2021, noting that Suzuki was reported missing since Dec 6, 2021. However, a few hours later the same day, he again posted an update where they revealed that the author had been located.

Suzuki launched the manga, Please Tell Me! Galko-chan (Oshiete! Galko-chan) on Kadokawa’s ComicWalker digital manga service in June 2014, but published it on Twitter before that. The manga inspired a television anime that premiered in January 2015.

Source: Kyodo via ANN, Comic Walker

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