For those J-pop and anime fans who don't live in Japan, one of the only ways to get their hands on popular music, anime, and DVDs is to import it in. Sadly, it appears that this may no longer be an option for international fans.
As of February 15, major Japanese publisher Avex Group has enforced an export ban on Blu-Rays, DVDs, and CDs, meaning anything published by the company and its various subsidiaries cannot be sold outside of Japan. This will be particularly upsetting for international fans as Avex Group is not only responsible for publishing a slate of popular films and anime series, such as "Yuri!!! On ICE" and "One Piece", but also for releasing music from popular J-pop and K-pop artists.
A full list of anime titles and various other media published by Avex can be found right here.
At the time of writing, no statement has been released from Avex Group as to why this export ban was implemented, so stay tuned for any updates and announcements.