Sup people. Just letting you know that this week's manga has yet to be released by Mangapanda and/or Mangastream.
After some quick search, I've found this news:
To start off, I should explain that the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine gets released every Monday in Japan. It gets leaked on Wednesdays with RAW copies of the manga coming out on Monday or Tuesday. From then on, various websites such as MangaSteam and MangaPanda try and use these RAW copies to clean and translate the text to the best of their abilities.
However this week, we saw that there were no RAWs meaning that the magazine wasn’t shipped at the usual time expected. On top of this, there has been a clear piracy crackdown from the Japan company in order to prevent the leaked copies. Yonkou Productions of the Naruto subreddit also mentions that this may become a norm.
Aohige from the APforums mentions that the chapters will be delayed. Jump are apparently getting strict with earliness of shipping out manga magazines, both Jump Sunday and Jump Magazine are affected, of which many places that receive the weekly Jump early did not receive it.
I remember back then, there were several news about Japan enforcing piracy concerns with Anime and Manga. This comes from July.
They do have all the rights to claim their money. In fact, it costs a lot to produce an episode. For example, if we take One Piece, which gets aired weekly, it's around ¥10,000,000 (ANN) which in US dollars are 96 510 U.S. dollars (Google). Considering this is just ONE episode, from ONE series, this means there are lots of costs involved in Anime/Manga in Japan per week.
The other side of the coin is how much money does an episode attracts. I can't find a clear statistic, but it shall be profitable. Then they wouldn't be releasing it weekly, otherwise.
Here comes from Escapist Magazine:
Update: Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry revealed its Manga-Anime Guardians project, which will monitor and remove illegally uploaded copies of anime and manga. The project aims to create an environment where people can enjoy official versions, spur creation, and continue to create new works and cultivate new talent. The METI states online piracy hurts Japan by nearly $20 billion. Over half of US anime and manga fans watch and read pirated works, according to the METI.
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This has been one of the reasons why this site has been in so low-profile for a while. I have stalled the release of the other Bleach's episodes (my new pc busted :p). But they will be released this year.