Selling fake Demon Slayer products, the president was arrested by the police

Selling fake Demon Slayer products, the president was arrested by the police

Kimetsu no Yaiba – Demon Slayer is an extremely famous name, not only in Japan but also all over the world. In 2020, Demon Slayer reached the best-selling manga in Japan, and the theatrical film was also a huge success by continuously breaking sales records. Of course, with a favorite work, many fans will not hesitate to purchase related items. Taking advantage of this psychology, the president of a wholesale company based in Yokohama imported a whole batch of counterfeit products from China to spread them in the market.

As reported by NHK, Yuki Saito, 52, president of the Red Spice wholesale chain, was arrested along with her husband and two other accomplices. At the company’s warehouse in Aichi province, police confiscated 37,000 counterfeit products from China. However, all four suspects denied any wrongdoing.

It is known that most items are designed in the Demon Slayer style, from clothing, purses, scarves, backpacks, pillows,… of course, none of the products are officially licensed. More amusingly, the manufacturers of these items also deliberately mixed the title “Kimetsu no Yaiba” with similar phrases to easily mislead unsuspecting consumers; for example, “Kimetsu” was replaced by “Kanetsu metsu” (meaning “destroy”). According to Japanese authorities, even if the name “Kimetsu no Yaiba” is not printed on the products, such plagiarism is enough to constitute a crime.


As of spring this year, the four suspects had sold around 1.67 billion yen (~350 billion VND). The company sells products to game centers and retail stores throughout Japan as games with prizes. Police are currently expanding their investigation to further destroy smuggling networks as in the previous case.

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