The project to crack down on piracy is targeted at around 580 manga and animation items that have been copied illegally. Legal action may be pursued if the operators do not take down the offending content, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said.
The targeted sites are based in several countries, including China and South Korea. A survey conducted by the government in 2012 showed the damage to Japanese industries in the Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing is estimated at around ¥560 billion a year
Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) officially launched its MAG（Manga-Anime Guardians） Project today. This movement aims to stop piracy by getting fans enjoy their favorite anime or manga only through legal means.
The official website of the Manga-Anime Guardians Project (http://manga-anime-here.com/) lists these works and provides links to legal distributors.