there are proposals to expand the child pornography laws in japan to include “sexual depictions of non-existant characters under 18 – or who appear to be under 18″ – it’s under government discussion this month – but due to western pressure it’s obvious which way the vote will go – when passed it’ll come into force before the end of this year
the public of course do not get a vote on the matter – but it appears my name is cropping up in the virtual discussions – so i’ll restate the fact trevor brown art does not include sexual depictions of minors – certainly no sex
getting that out the way, the first point is: regardless of anything, the banning of art is totalitarianism, or at best backward thinking – but we’ve passed the apex of free-expression – enjoy the ride back to victorian values – new islam
needless to say these measures are being brought in under the guise of “child protection” – naturally a blind eye is turned to yakuza dealings in child prostitution, the real problem is apparently some kid looking at cartoons (and i believe it is actually mostly kids / young adults who are into this “loli” stuff – i don’t want to use the word immaturity but it is just a part of growing up?!) – and japanese schoolgirls decided themselves to wear miniskirts, no one forced it upon them, they don’t want our “protection” thank you – and, perhaps due to the lack of sexual repression (loli manga!), children are a million times more safe to walk the streets in tokyo than they are in new york
it’s jealousy isn’t it?! – the western world despise japan for being so clean, safe, polite, law-abiding etc – you won’t be happy until japan is just like you with your sexual angst, hypocritical values, fighting wars and whatever else it is that makes america so goddam great that we all must meekly follow – congratulations, you’re getting your brave new world – and, hey, rather than all this concern making laws about stupid comics, why the hell isn’t there a vote on whether WAR should be allowed or not???
having read a bit more it seems this law is tokyo specific – and relates (only?!) to the selling or distribution of material to children – so i think a false alarm?
a rough translation of the relevant clause:
Restriction of the Sale of Unhealthy Literature
[A ban on sales, lending or distribution to, or viewing by, minors in the Tokyo area would cover:]
1. Items which stimulate sexual emotions, foster cruelty, encourage suicide or promote crime, or otherwise impede the healthy growth of youth.
2. Items which through age, clothing, accessories, school year, setting, other people’s ages, or voice, seems reminiscent of a person who might be recognised as an under-18 (hereafter called a “a fictional minor”) engaged in, or appearing to be engaged in, sexual activity or activity resembling sexual activity, or which impede the development of healthy sexual faculties in youths, or which might be feared to obstruct the healthy development of youths.
it appears anime sites et al have been misinterpreting this as japan totally forbidding depictions of “fictional minors” – if that were really the case this would be a far bigger and more crazy issue!