Hiroshima Prefecture cops caught 39-year-old Nobue Katō, chief executive of Nagai Performs, on Wed on doubt of breaking Japan's trademark by promoting illegal cosplay. According to cops, Katō and the Hiroshima city-based organization gained about 300 thousand yen (about US$3.04 million) from revenue of sentai (live-action costumed super hero squad) cosplay without acquiring authorization from trademark owners.
Katō supposedly conspired with his workers from Goal to Apr to reproduce four overcoats from the tokusatsu live-action tv sequence Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger without authorization from trademark owner Toei. Police suppose the organization gained about 32,000 yen (US$320) in net revenue of those outfits during that period.
According to cops, Katō was promoting more than 4,000 kinds of cosplay outfits through six online stores under titles such as “Trymax."