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Japan anime studio hacked; TV air dates of 4 series including 'One Piece' affected

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TOKYO -- The computer network of a major Japanese anime production company has been hacked, impacting the TV air dates of four popular series, including "One Piece."

    Toei Animation Co., based in Tokyo's Nakano Ward, announced on March 11 that it had shut down part of its internal network after an unauthorized third party was found to have accessed the system. According to the studio, the TV air dates of "One Piece," "Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai," "Delicious Party Pretty Cure" and "Digimon Ghost Game" will be affected.

    The company said that it confirmed the hack on March 6, and is keeping part of its system off-line while it checks whether data including personal information of customers and business contacts has been accessed.

    The firm stated, "We sincerely apologize for worrying fans who are looking forward to them (the anime episodes) every week."

    (Japanese original by Tomofumi Inagaki, Cultural News Department)

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