It may come as a surprise to hear that "A Criminal Investigation" was (and to a certain extent, still is) so little-known in its "native" country, as it were. One simple reason for this is that it's been physically difficult to acquire the book, which has only had any Japanese distribution in the past few months—and even then, it's only available at one bookstore in Tokyo noted for its selection of foreign photobooks. Atsushi Saito, the organizer of the exhibit, purchased it himself from Amazon's French site. The way that Saito first heard about the book is also notable: an English photographer visiting Tokyo showed it to him. Indeed, apart from the difficulty of purchasing the book, the other barrier preventing "A Criminal Investigation" from reaching its levels of foreign popularity is the degree to which the Japan remains in the dark with respect to what's happening on the photography (and photobook) internet. For all the waves of activity around the book online, perhaps a tiny ripple made it to Japan.