*Content Warning: The Following News Story contains the mention of Child Pornography*
Last December, Five days before Christmas, Forty-Year-Old Manga Creator Kenya Suzuki, who is known for his Manga Series, Please Tell Me Galko-Chan, was arrested by the Aichi Prefectural Police for Suspicion of importing Child Pornography from Germany, and for violating the Japan Customs Act.
Since his arrest, the publishing company Kadokawa issued a press release from Comic Walker, the serialization and the associated pages of Please Tell Me! Galko-Chan will be removed on the same day after receiving “Multiple News Reports”. The physical releases in Japanese and English going out of print.
Now, fast forward to today, there has been an update on the case, according to the Sankei Shimbun, Suzuki’s trial ended today, Japan with the Nagoya District Court’s Okazaki Branch finding Suzuki guilty, handing down a one-year and two-month prison term on a three-year suspended sentence.
In Japan, a suspended sentence puts the convicted felon on probation and is allowed to return to normal society. If any law is broken during the suspended sentence, the full prison term may be carried out.
The judge presiding over the case said the crime was “a malicious act that promotes the sexual exploitation of children and is detrimental to the health of society,” but was only given a suspended sentence due to be affected social ramifications stemming from the crime. He issued a statement (available in Japanese, and English) expressing that he has “consistently admitted [his] guilt since the initial police interrogation” and “admitted the facts charged by the prosecution.” Suzuki also mentioned that he will not appeal the verdict.
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