While importation of private goods into Japan has been illegal for a while, today, the Diet passed legislation banning the export of pirated goods. I found it strange that the import would be banned while the export was allowed. According to the Davis Law blog, the practice is not uncommon among nations. Canada banned the importation but allows exportation if not "to such an extent as to prejudicially affect the owner of the copyright."
Japan government to ban export of pirated goods