Japanese Government Back at Efforts at Child Law Porn Law

Topic started by Dream on May 27, 2013. Last post by Acura_Max 1 year, 3 months ago.
Post by Dream (7,653 posts) See mini bio Level 21
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A number of folks may recall laws being passed in Japan a few years ago that placed restrictions on the depiction of certain fetishes portrayed in Japanese anime, manga and games; as well as the government stepping in to determine if sales of certain titles would be indecent to sell to children under the age of 18.

Well, the government's back at it again. And this one's much worst than the present laws.

To make a long explanation short, the new revision to Japan's child porn laws would not discern between real and "virtual" child porn and would make it a crime to own any anime, manga or game featuring sexual images of characters that appear or are under the age of 18. Not surprisingly, some among the Japanese anime and manga industries like Ken Akamatsu are voicing their concerns over the legislation.

What are your thoughts on this issue?

Post by Acura_Max (2,339 posts) See mini bio Level 13
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I'm looking through the forums of that article and it is batshit crazy. Look at these responses.:

okay the main part of this bill I do agree with, japan really does need to step up and make possession of child porn illegal. No one can refute or should even argue that position.
However I do not agree adding manga, anime and games into the forte because they are not real, nor will these characters ever be real. Well this is Japan's issue not ours let us see how it plays out.
Not this again.
Can politicians bother to learn that anime, manga and games have nothing to do with real-life child pornography or increasing the likelihood of making someone into a sex offender? Then again, this is no different from instances in America where politicians don't bother to consider the ramifications of passing shaky laws like SOPA and PIPA before citizens have to knock common sense into them.
Oh Joy, here we go again.
You would think that the politicians in Japan would look at how well this sort of legislation works elsewhere in the world and back away from it ... slowly.
But they are politicians, so we can't expect too much thinking from them.
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Post by Dream (7,653 posts) See mini bio Level 21
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@Acura_Max: The second post you quoted is from me. :P

Post by Destinyheroknight (10,283 posts) See mini bio Level 21

I think they should be more focus on stopping the real stuff and not throwing people in jail for owning Anime

Hope they able to overcome it, even though it won't effect me that much

Post by othus12 (6,872 posts) See mini bio Level 13

so what next? if you rip a manga issue you will be sent to jail for assault or abuse? lol seriously there should always be a huge line between reality and fiction. i think its just silly but hey its not like this matter affects me at all. its just that the idea of arresting otakus and pedophiles because of the same charge seems bad to me.

Post by Acura_Max (2,339 posts) See mini bio Level 13
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@Destinyheroknight said:

I think they should be more focus on stopping the real stuff and not throwing people in jail for owning Anime

Hope they able to overcome it, even though it won't effect me that much

@othus12 said:

so what next? if you rip a manga issue you will be sent to jail for assault or abuse? lol seriously there should always be a huge line between reality and fiction. i think its just silly but hey its not like this matter affects me at all. its just that the idea of arresting otakus and pedophiles because of the same charge seems bad to me.

Jailing people may be too extreme and impractical since people have to enforce it. A better way may be to implement this idea is to just fine any animator who breaks the new law like America already does with swearing and nudity on network television. That way, content control would fall upon the audience who have to report it the government and no one goes to jail.

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