Hyogo craftsman's replica weapons tap cosplayer boom

National May 15, 2016

Hyogo craftsman's replica weapons tap cosplayer boom

by Takuto Kaneko

A craftsman's plastic processing business in western Japan has finally begun to take off as the exquisite toy weapons he produces become popular with the legion of costume-wearing manga fans known as "cosplayers." Takumi Orii, an enthusiast of the "Gundam" animation series about giant robots, ...

Man held on suspicion of owning guns made with 3-D printer

National / Politics May 8, 2014

Man held on suspicion of owning guns made with 3-D printer

A 27-year-old man who allegedly made handguns with a 3-D printer was arrested Thursday on suspicion of illegal weapons possession, the first time Japan's firearms control law has been applied to the possession of guns made by this method. The suspect, Yoshitomo Imura, an employee ...