(Nikkei: February 17, 2016 – p. 28)
Different from the United States, copyright infringement is an Antragsdelikt, a category of offence that can’t be prosecuted without a complaint by the victim in Japan. Offenders face penalties of up to 10 years in prison and fines of as much as 10 million yen.” Persons who upload copyrighted material without permission on the Internet face serious penalties.
Under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, in Japan, lawsuits can be filed against copyright infringement without a complaint by the victim. Many in Japan were initially concerned about the impact on small magazines.
However, Japanese government efforts to prevent copyright infringement are limited to “intentional commercial use” and usage that prevents rightful claimants from securing benefits in markets. The Japanese government has clearly expressed consideration for derivative works. (Abridged)