Democrats Face Storm For Eroge Ban

You are a criminal (assuming you play eroge and this petition gets through)

“Adult game players have their minds destroyed, they lose their very humanity”. With these words, from the recent petition to ban eroge, and their other initiatives, the Democrats seem to have provoked a storm of protest.

A mountain of such responses as “So shouldn’t AV also be banned?”, “Is there any scientific basis for this?”, “I’m a married woman with children who plays these games” are evident; I’m sure you get the picture, many are very annoyed, and seem more vocal than those advocating the ban (who seem to be limited to DPJ party hacks, strangely enough).

It remains to be seen whether this will truly backfire for the Democrats, although that does seem increasingly possible (not that there was any real chance of success in the first place).

The article in question mentions that cases of child abuse are at 300 a year in Japan. Leaving aside valid questions of definition, reporting versus occurrence, relative numbers of children, etc, a brief look at the statistics is informative.

Assuming Japan’s child abuse refers only to sexual abuse, the incidence of sexual abuse (about 10% of the total in all these countries) is readily ascertainable; the US manages 50,000 in a climate of mass hysteria (this probably includes minors having sex with other minors and other dubious “abuse”, for example); adjusted for population that would be about 21,000 cases in Japan.

Taking a less extreme case, England, a similar calculation yields 7,500 cases for Japan, 25 times as many as Japan currently experiences. There seems little doubt Japanese children are amongst the safest in the world by any measure, irrespective of the relatively liberal sexual attitudes towards children in Japan.

An interesting fact about the representative proposing all these measures is that she goes by the rather ridiculous pseudonym of 円より子, Madoka Yoriko, which can also be read to mean “Children rather than money”; perhaps this gives a rather substantial insight into where her priorities lie? Her political interests seem almost solely concerned with women’s issues.

Via Sankei (and, of course, all the boards and blogs afire with indignation).


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    Comment by Anonymous
    01:14 28/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You are the Criminal!

    Comment by NTX
    12:57 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Think about the economy >=O

    Those numbers shouldn't be trusted for issues like this, in the case of Japan it's a lot more likely that for every child abuse case that goes through there's 100 more kids that're too scared shitless to report their parents. A quick google search can reveal that 300 a year is a bullshit number, I'd like to see what her sources were exactly. I wouldn't believe only 300 kids get beat in an asian country with almost 4x the population of Canada per year. They just don't do anything about it over there. I dunno if their child abuse reform's actually done anything yet but it used to be that they needed their teachers and their parent's go ahead before they could even get in the door to look at the kid.

    Comment by Kyo
    15:59 21/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey it's Hisui!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:50 04/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think I hear the roar of a billion outraged people screaming for blood even now...

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    Comment by XSportSeeker
    07:11 07/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    “Adult game players have their minds destroyed, they lose their very humanity”

    This belongs here: http://www.happehtheory.com/Masturbation/HappehTheoryAndMasturbationMainPage.htm

    Comment by H8gwb
    18:54 18/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Geez, and I thought Democrats were supposed to be more liberal than this. They're just pandering because they're in power now.

    I'm sure banning this would work. Just like making crack illegal keeps it off the streets.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:26 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey murder is illegal and that never happens, amirite?

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    Comment by Dee
    09:33 11/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those Democrats just sounded like Conservatives.
    They're all in the WRONG party.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:52 24/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    In the end democrats or republicans are just a label, the liberality of each political group swings from era to era.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:02 28/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    In Japan the conservatives are liberals, and the liberals are communists.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:17 11/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So communists are conservatives?lol

    Comment by maglor
    21:40 27/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just want to make it clear that this is happening in Japan, being proposed, advocated, and opposed by Japanese people and Japanese political party. I hope they can come to meaningful compromise.

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    Comment by garturo62
    02:13 03/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought the pic was making me see it move but it's a gif.

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    Comment by XSportSeeker
    07:02 07/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Classic optical illusion. It isn't moving!

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    Comment by Artefact

    It isn't animated.



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