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TOKYO BANS ANIME AND MANGA
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Posted 12/13/10 , edited 12/14/10
Legislation was voted on today in Tokyo that some contend not only robs creators of their freedom of speech, but is unfair.

Earlier this year, legislation to control the depiction of "virtual youth" was shot down. Famed manga artists vocally protested the bill, drawing attention to its vague definition of "virtual youth" and causing it to die on the vine.

But today in Tokyo, the second version of the bill went up for a vote and passed by the assembly with a final vote on Wednesday. As blogger Dan Kanemitsu points out, the ordinance is not national legislation, and is not a ban per se, but penalizes companies that produce material that is harmful to those under 18 years-old. Unlike in the U.S., companies that produce the material — and not retailers — come under fire.

The bill also does not target material that is 18-years-old and up as that material is already inaccessible to minors.

What's also worth nothing is that the Tokyo government already has the power to dictate what, as Kanemitsu writes, is "too sexually stimulating for minors OR too sadistic for minors OR too likely to cause criminal acts among minors OR cause suicide among minors as 'harmful material', and force such material to be treated as adult only material."

Regarding the new bill, the Tokyo government explains (via The Mainichi Daily News), "only manga and animation that glorifies or exaggerates illegal sexual acts will be subject to the regulations, and freedom of expression will not be violated." This new bill attempts to define what is obscene — vaguely. Kanemitsu believes this is one way Tokyo is attempting to control what people read and view.

More importantly, the bill is directed at video games, anime and manga, but does not encompass novels, films, TV and photographs. Mediums that use real-life images are exempt.

That's exactly why the manga, anime and game industry are up in arms. They claim that the new bill is unclear and, thus, will actually increase the government's control and regulations, since the "virtual youth" wording is not in the new bill. What's more, under the current penal code, it's possible to prohibit obscene materials, leading some to worry that this is a power grab by the Tokyo government and Governor Shintaro Ishihara.

Large manga publishers and anime companies are already boycotting the Tokyo Anime Fair, because Ishihara is a chairperson for the event. But now that the bill has passed, many in Japan are wondering how this will impact events like Comiket and how the bill's vague language will be interpreted legally.

If there is going to be truly free speech, one must take the good with the bad, the savory with the not so savory. And any legislation that is directed at video games, manga or anime, should likewise be aimed at novels, TV, film and photography. That would make sense. This, however, does not.


There are some who believe that if we have enough people to go against this we can perhaps overturn this law that will be effective in July. Most anime and manga that contain perhaps even a little bit of ecchi or something that may seem to be immoral will be gone, some of the older titles as well. I believe Lucky Star, Milky Holmes Tantei, Kiddy Girl, etc. , may all be banned. Though some may be moved and changed to the 16+ or 18+ section some may never come back, especially for those yaoi and yuri fans out there. I believe we should do something as otakus, fans of anime and manga.

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Sounds like animes will become the same crap as cartoons of today if this keeps up.
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Looks like animes will drastically change if the bill is changed. Seems kind of bullshit to me, people have freedom of expression, speech, etc. They can publish whatever they want. If Japan doesn't want these so called "bad influences" to happen, then just censor them, or put them on a view time that children usually won't watch. It's unfair to pass it only at video games, animes, and manga too. They might as well pass it for all material.

I fail to see how ecchi/mature material really affect people. Even when it does, it's RARE for it to happen.
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Posted 12/13/10
Are you serious???? i hope they dont...ANIME AND MANGA are the best thing ever>< so they shouldnt ban~~
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This whole censorship thing is going a bit too far.

I can understand people wanting to protect their children, but at what cost? It's time for the adults to stop point the finger at the entertainment industry and start taking responsibility. If a child starts to imitate a devious act from a television show, who's job is it to teach them right from wrong?
Posted 12/13/10

LosingOrbit wrote:

This whole censorship thing is going a bit too far.

I can understand people wanting to protect their children, but at what cost? It's time for the adults to stop point the finger at the entertainment industry and start taking responsibility. If a child starts to imitate a devious act from a television show, who's job is it to teach them right from wrong?



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I think this bill will be end up being overturned in the Japanese courts--mostly because the Japanese national government opposes this bill on the grounds it could devastate both the anime and manga industry simultaneously. Don't be surprised if the major Japanese publishers and animation production companies sue the Tokyo government, and this could tie up the implementation of the law in Japan for potentially years.
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Tokyo’s ban on anime, manga and games featuring “virtual crimes” or which are “likely to interfere with the healthy development of youth” has passed after the DPJ agreed to support it.The DPJ’s only addition to the critical portion of the law was a short rider which requests “prudent application of the law in light of any artistic, social, scientific or satirical merits the work might express” – it does not however add any legal obligation to consider these, or establish any clear or indepdently enforced criteria for judging whether a work can be declared “harmful” or not.Even more bizarrely, the final draft actually removed a passage that imposed “a duty not to possess [photographic] child pornography” on Tokyo residents, whilst leaving the section banning erotic manga and anime (and explicitly excluding photographic materials) all but unchanged – that the bill is intended exclusively as an “anti-otaku” law seems to be beyond doubt.It is very difficult to objectively assess the scope of the law – along with vague and subjective terms like “interfere with the healthy development of youth,” the law also includes “etc.” on the end of most of its examples, leaving it quite unclear, for example, whether the “improper glorification of illegal sexual activity, etc.” applies to only virtual sex crimes, or all crimes in general – presumably the interpretation adopted will be whichever is convenient to censors.Similarly, the ban’s mention of “rape and other sexual acts which violate societal norms” seems inevitably to point to a ban on depictions of homosexuality, considering who was behind the law.The generally expected form the law will take is that of a “amakudari” (a pervasive system of sinecures for retired bureaucrats) body which will inspect all anime, manga and games, with only those titles receiving approval as “healthy” able to be sold regularly in Tokyo shops – the rest will be relegated to the “adult corner.”The most immediate and direct effect of the law will almost certainly be to see ecchi manga such as To
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Posted 12/13/10
sounds like they're only banning hentai
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sounds like they're only banning hentai


it's not really banning hentai, since its already adult material its just gonna get stricter regulations. anyways, theres not much one can do when its not their country that the law is in.
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Posted 12/13/10
Nah my copy paste failed, anything that is ecchi vulgar or violent will be not banned but taken to a different level, aiming for an older audience and many shows will be canceled or aired later at night. Not sure if a movement would change anything at this point...
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Posted 12/13/10
Coming from japan? anything its possible.
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Posted 12/13/10

Moeberry wrote:


LosingOrbit wrote:

This whole censorship thing is going a bit too far.

I can understand people wanting to protect their children, but at what cost? It's time for the adults to stop point the finger at the entertainment industry and start taking responsibility. If a child starts to imitate a devious act from a television show, who's job is it to teach them right from wrong?



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it may be the parents fault for not teaching their children properly but it's ALWAYS easier to blame something else rather than accept the fact that they are wrong for doing things improperly. that's why crap like this happens and gets taken too far
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Posted 12/13/10
Geez, if they're really thinking about a youth's social life, they'd be taking movies, films, novels and etc. into consideration instead of aiming the bill solely at anime, manga and video games.
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Posted 12/13/10 , edited 12/13/10
*Later, behind closed doors at UNICEF Japan HQ*

Ishihara:
All according to keikaku.

Agnes:
Indeed. Cheers, to the future of (2D) children!

Ishihara:
I'll drink to that.
Btw, would you like to see my erotic, pornographic, loli, rated 18 novel works?


Even if they did pass it, most likely the law will be ignored or it won't be enforced as much... (because anime , manga and games take up 40% of the market, I think).

(although the publishers are now reacting... probably high school anime will be gone too)

Because they will be banning all the good anime... (under the law, they'll ban the anime for the following reasons):
One Piece (rebellion against the government)
Haruhi (rebellion against society, authority and being in an underage relationship)
Ore No Imouto (a minor buying eroge)
The World God Only Knows (playing games in class)
Gurren Lagann (sexually stimulating)
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got lazier, can't write how many anime will fall here... probably 90% of the anime
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All yuri and yaoi anime (Ishihara is homophobic)
Anything with slight yuri or slight yaoi
All anime that contains rape (incites society)
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