Ok? that doesn't debunk what I said that the removal of F2P shop is NOT "bot" related.
And for the longest time on JP, only Chinese and SEA IPs were banned. Anybody aside from those regions can connect, but also VPNs exist and are very abundant.
I'll tell you this though, the reason why JP didn't have a big bot problem in its 9 years (aside from the start when china wasn't banned) is because not many JP players engage with RMT from meseta farmers. I mean sure, there are or were a couple websites, but the demand is so small. Unlike global where there are plenty of lazy morons to support this black market.
My point still stands that the removal of F2P access to shop is nothing but SEGA being greedy.