Published on December 16th,2010 at 2:27 PM
By >Akihabara News Team

Tokyo Metro Assembly Thought of the Children, Passes Anti-porn Bill

Tokyo Metro Assembly Thought of the Children, Passes Anti-porn Bill

The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly passed an ordinance yesterday that amends a law that prevents the rent and sale to minors of “harmful publications”, expanding it to include “glorified or exaggerated explicit depictions or expressions of sexual acts or acts related to sex; or sexual acts, or acts related to sex between two related individuals who cannot legally apply for marriage; in manga, anime, and other non-photographic imagery”.

Public reactions to the passing of this bill seem mostly against it: several of the largest publishers intend to boycott Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara’s Tokyo International Anime Fair next March; many say the way the bill was slipped in at the last moment gives it the feel that it was forced upon the industry without much, if any, discourse; and that the bill does nothing to illegalize formerly-legal publications except to narrow the specific target of the new bill to manga and anime publishing houses.

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Comments
 

  • fh

    The bill is not specifically anti-porn, but rather anti-Anything-the-unregulated-censorship-board-thinks-is-harmful-to-children.

    The bill also does not target only [depictions of sexual or pseudo-sexual acts between] individuals who cannot legally apply for marriage (specifically), but also any sexual or pseudo-sexual acts that can be considered illegal. Since Governor Ishihara is somewhat of an outspoken homophobe, there is already speculation that the vagueness and subjectivity of the bill may be used to target works that contain any sort of homosexual themes.

    The outcry in response to the bill is due in part to the fact that when earlier versions of the bill (which first called for censorship of only pornographic works which featured child-like characters, then was broadened to include most pornographic works) were rejected, committee members promised to work with mangaka and members in publishing to work out a version of the bill that would protect mangaka’s creative expression. Those discussions evidently never took place, and the bill passed without much of a second thought to its effect on mangaka.

    Already, many mangaka have been instructed by their publishers to stop using specific themes in their works (eg: no more school seifuku, or school settings), for fear that their publications will be labeled “inappropriate for children”.

    Comiket may also be affected, and may also decide to hold its events in a different prefecture (which will no doubt be a devastating change for the tens of thousands of people who attend).

    • Ike

      I’m sure the Tokyo Anime Fair / Comiket will get a lot of empty stands through angry mangaka’s and production houses who just received a serious crunch in their target audience due to this enactment… I think it’s a bad thing for the anime/manga culture in Japan. It somehow feels this Ishihara was more or less forced by international regulations who would call this “minors depicted in sexual behaviour” (loli) the most obscene, perverted and criminal offensive material. Something it’s absolutely not, they draw for a living, if this was soo taboo then people wouldn’t have been buying it for hundreds of years. And before this law you could find this kinda stuff virtually everywhere (in Japan).

  • DM

    Cry more!!!.

  • Yx Y

    If you think about it there are a lot of images in hentai doujinshi and manga that are very disruptive to childrens minds, even some adult minds might get warped by some of the images. I applaud this decision and agree there should be better filtering and control over a lot of the publishers and publications of this type of material. Just because its legal to draw doesn’t mean its good for society. Especially for a child who may pick it up thinking its the next comic he should read. It’s gotten out of hand and when things get out of hand, actions must be taken. Thanks for your understanding.

    • Aaron

      In one way, I agree with you. I was at an electronics store many years ago, and someone stocked a copy of “Urotsukidoji” in the children’s section. I brought this to the attention of one of the sales people and they moved it to the adult section. Had they known (or read the box) this was an adult title, it wouldn’t have been placed there.

      On the other hand, some adults would like to see this title. Because the morality board doesn’t agree that tentacle rape should be made available to ANYONE makes this censorship. Several mangaka have boycotted the Tokyo Anime Fair for this specific reason. This will not eliminate this “offensive” material; it will just drive it underground.

  • http://www.comtrya.com toyNN

    Lets just hope they narrowly apply this bill and do whatever 18+ restrictions to the very explicit anime, manga, and games. Which is reasonable and already done in most every other country. The problem everyone has with this is the possibility that whatever review board is formed can decide broadly what is “harmful”.

    Also its not a National bill and the Prime Minister is not supporting it.

 

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