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A 31-year old unemployed man was arrested by police in Japan on July 20th for illegal transmission of TV programs over the controversial file sharing software BitTorrent.According to Japanese news reports, under the support of the Metropolitan Police Department’s cyber crime division, investigators arrested Shuichiro Tanaka in Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo, on suspicion of uploading and sharing TV shows.Police indicated that from June 4th to June 9th, Tanaka is believed to have recorded three programs on his computer, and then to have shared them via BitTorrent to an unspecified number of users. In addition, between mid-February and July of this year, the suspect is believed to have shared approximately 165 shows, largely Japanese variety programs such as “Waratte Iitomo” and “Genius! Shimura Zoo.”Tanaka told investigators, “I did it for people who missed the programs. Because there is a potential for viruses on Winny [another popular Japanese peer-to-peer file sharing program] and others, I used BitTorrent, which I heard police weren’t investigating,” according to a report from the Mainichi.Police added that the arrest was a first for Japan relating to BitTorrent use.