Post Reply Japanese politician apologizes for saying serial killer was “heavily influenced by anime”
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Posted 11/10/17 , edited 11/11/17
I wonder what anime he is talking about?

House of Councilors member made comment following discovery of nine dismembered bodies.


In late October, Takahiro Shiraishi was arrested after nine bodies were discovered in his apartment in the town of Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, where the 27-year-old had been living since August. The authorities also found a saw, which Shiraishi admits to using in dismembering the bodies after killing his victims in order to make their remains easier to dispose of.

The incident has sent shockwaves through ordinarily peaceful and safe Japanese society, and has become a major talking point in the mass media. While appearing on broadcaster Fuji TV’s Shin Hodo 2001 talk show, politician Ichita Yamamoto, a member of Japan’s House of Councilors (the upper house of the National Diet), made the following comment:

“To put it simply, I think [Shiraishi] did this as though he was playing a video game. He’s become unable to differentiate the world of reality from fiction. Recently, there are anime with bizarre, grotesque stories like what he did. I feel he has been heavily influenced by them.”


https://en.rocketnews24.com/2017/11/11/japanese-politician-apologizes-for-saying-serial-killer-was-heavily-influenced-by-anime/
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I guess this guy never read Edger Allan Poe? Such concepts have existed in fiction long before anime and video games were even a thing. I can see how such mediums can make someone who is already mentally diseased or unstable worse, due to desensitization and such, but they aren't a huge issue by themselves.
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Posted 11/10/17 , edited 11/11/17
It could be true, but the main point of criticism is that he does not know anything. The answer at this point in time is completely baseless, but also using trying to seek a scapegoat instead of a multitude of other factors. People want easy answers, but it is never easy in the cases of individuals.

The answer may have some bearing, but I doubt there has been anything for him to base his claim on other than being merely prejudice for now. It is unreasonable.

Japan has a societal problem concerning mental health. Unfortunately, instead of more people seeking such services for themselves or their children, they will more likely avoid them out of association with this case.

In any case, not sure of the translation, but stating that one "feels" a factual claim is kind of wonky, isn't it?
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Posted 11/10/17 , edited 11/11/17

Mishio1 wrote:

I guess this guy never read Edger Allan Poe? Such concepts have existed in fiction long before anime and video games were even a thing. I can see how such mediums can make someone who is already mentally diseased or unstable worse, due to desensitization and such, but they aren't a huge issue by themselves.


Pretty much this. If your nation has a problem with mentally ill people imitating criminal acts they see in fiction, the problem lies in your nation's mental health standards and treatment way more than in fiction.
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I agree with the politician.Anime can turn even the best of us into pure evil.Shortly after watching boku no pico,I started to have unsavory desires.
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Posted 11/10/17 , edited 11/11/17
I agree with octorockandroll and peripheralvisionary.
I can see how a source of material that is grotesque can cause someone who already had some sort of mental instability., underlying or known, do a horrendous act. The fault isn't that of the production but of poor realization of the signs and help needed for those who are in that state. In short, I don't think it's right to say it's the anime(or any other show with intense gore) is the main reason a man would snap. Clearly he would already be at some breaking point or at some mental instability
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I think it's safe to bet that mental illness played a bigger part in his actions than anime.
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Was there a specific anime that he was referring to? He doesn't appear to be generalizing all anime, but referencing ones that recently came out
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Posted 11/10/17 , edited 11/11/17
@OP, the politician was most likely referencing the rather grotesque anime that's been made in the past few years, not exactly a specific anime.
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Posted 11/16/17 , edited 11/17/17
Yeah, anime is the one reason why I am racist... Towards the part of japan that does anime. You should see how xenophobics react to anime.
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Posted 11/18/17 , edited 11/18/17
Anime can also bring the best out of people, as well as the worst out of them. But what that Japanese politician said gives anime a bad name over something that isn't necessarily true. He must have been quite a huge fan of Higurashi if he was doing all this as it involves extremely grotesque murders and stuff. But that politician just doesn't realize that he's saying something without any concrete proof that it was true after all.
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