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    Japan's manga artists angry over sex and violence ban
    Some of Japan's leading "manga" artists have voiced their opposition to a government proposal to outlaw sex and violence in children's comics and impose an age limit on anyone buying sexually explicit manga.

    'Tomorrow's Joe' drawn by Tetsuya Chiba
    By Julian Ryall in Tokyo 7:00AM GMT 16 Mar 2010
    Headed by such well-known figures in the industry as Fujiko Fujio A, the creator of Hattori the Ninja and the Laughing Salesman, and Tetsuya Chiba, who draws the "Tomorrow's Joe" manga, the artists told reporters in Tokyo that the law would affect their freedom of expression.
    Machiko Satonaka, another manga artist, said that the proposed legislation, created by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, "pertains to freedom of expression and is open to a variety of interpretations."
    She added that she was "horrified" that the city government was planning to regulate comic characters because "no one is actually being harmed."
    The city assembly, which will vote on the proposed law on Friday, wants to restrict comics and animated images that contain sexually provocative depictions of "nonexistent minors" - an ambiguous concept that is taken to mean characters that people could reasonably assume to be minors, based on their appearances.
    The new law would require the manga and animation industry not to sell works that depict sexual situations involving minors while also identifying works that depict rape and other violence as "harmful materials" and restrict minors' access to such comics.
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    If the law is passed it would be limited to Tokyo, which has vowed to carry out a crackdown on child pornography.
    Magazines with images of children as young as four wearing bikinis and provocatively licking ice creams are available at convenience stores.
    The traditional manga industry has experienced a slump in recent years here as people turn to accessing images on their mobile phones and computers - which would also be subject to the ban - and critics say it would be virtually impossible to police the law. They also say authorities should be doing more to stamp out actual child pornography in Japan.
    That will cut little ice with Shintaro Ishihara, the hard-line mayor of Tokyo, who is expected to support the legislation.
    But the manga artists say the consumer should be given the choice of what he or she wants to read.
    "I have seen cases of our culture losing power because of regulations," artist Tetsuya Chiba said in a speech to politicians. "We want readers to decide."
    That is an article from the telegraph. You can see it here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/7453152/Japans-manga-artists-angry-over-sex-and-violence-ban.html

    WTF should be done about this!!!
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    i knew they would get fallout from this. The ban places restrictions on what the artist can create. of course they would be angry. This is tough for the manga/anime industry.

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    It not only puts restrictions on what artists can create, but also what you can own. People who had purchased a violent manga such as deadman wonderland (and some people are saying that even bleach falls under this new law) would suddenly turn into a criminal. This is effectively the code of censorship that destroyed the american comics industry. It should also be noted that this law applies ONLY to manga, anime, and games. Actual porn isn't being targeted.

    This law is also extremely homophobic. Look at this quote from the guy who is spearheading this law:
    “Anyone who claims it’s not harmful to children to draw manga that features the sex life of married couples and the such are idiots. Tell them, ‘You need to go cool your heads.’” Ishihara responded to the Tokyo Parent Teacher Association’s December 3 petition in support of the bill by saying, “It’s not just about children. We’ve got homosexuals casually appearing even on television. Japan has become far too untamed. I’ll go forward with [this bill] with a sense of mission in heart.”
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    This is really fucked up. What is wrong with these people

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    As I heard on another forum I frequent:
    WON'T SOMEBODY THINK OF THE IMAGINARY CHILDREN?!
    Seriously, though, what's next, they gonna crack down on the music industry?
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    Wait a sec, according to the article, this is just a ban on this sort of thing in manga. Aren't games and anime safe? Or, am I missing something?

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    What amuses me is that this is winding up very similar to the Wertham era of western comics. I'm willing to bet a "Manga Code Authority" of sorts may be on the horizon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hypersonic View Post
    Wait a sec, according to the article, this is just a ban on this sort of thing in manga. Aren't games and anime safe? Or, am I missing something?
    Yes. This is just one article, and it doesn't do a very good job explaining the whole situation. However, I used it as an example because it's the most reputable source I've found. However, this law also outlaws blatant homosexuality, excessive violence (no-one is quite sure what level of violence this means, but some are worried that even the level in mangas like naruto would be found excessive) and any manga portraying illegal activity. Even the stipulations about nudity would ax a HUGE number of manga, including dragon ball (there's a scene where you can see bulma naked). This law looks like it would make almost all manga into adult material.

    @Jabberwocky. Thats exactly what I think. I told one of my friends that it was the hays code of manga.
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    If Dragonball and Rosario Vampire fall under this category I know what I'm spending all my money on.

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    not manga...NOT MY PRECIOUS MANGA! I hope I can still become a manga artist as a career...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Mustang View Post
    not manga...NOT MY PRECIOUS MANGA! I hope I can still become a manga artist as a career...
    Well, the law is currently only in tokyo, but since thats where almost all of the manga in existence gets made and published, thats definitely gonna be a problem.
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    Wasn't this ban pushed forth by a man who wrote sexually explicit novels where young girls were the victims of abuse and other horrible things?



    ...damned hypocrite

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kayi-chan View Post
    Wasn't this ban pushed forth by a man who wrote sexually explicit novels where young girls were the victims of abuse and other horrible things?



    ...damned hypocrite
    Yes, he did do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Megaman View Post
    Yes, he did do that.
    No offense, but what a jerkass. He evidently just wants to crush the competition of the visual media. He and his fans are the ones the Japanese should be wary of when protecting their children.

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    Lets not forget "sticking it to the queers." (He hasn't used exactly those words, but I'm sure he's thinking them.) Thats one of his big goals too.
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