Another petition has been put before the Diet, once again demanding a ban on the sale and production of “bishoujo adult anime magazines and adult simulation games”, or ero-anime, ero-manga and eroge in normal language, this time with 10,000 signatures.
The petition is titled:
“A Petition for Legislation to Restrict the Sale and Production of Bishoujo Adult Anime Magazines and Bishoujo Adult Anime Simulation Games”
You may very well recognise the awkward language and style of the request for legislation as being markedly similar to what was proposed in the 169th session of the Diet (this one is to go before the 170th).
It looks as if the Democratic Party (leftist opposition party) members responsible for the last petition are still keen to burnish their child friendly credentials with a soft target.
This time the proponent is Muneaki Murai – one look at the photograph on this Democrat’s site should tell you all you need to know about this shady character.
Of course, it seems likely this one will fail just as the last one did.
With (goth) loli fan Rozen Aso in charge, it doesn’t look like attacks on the world of anime will have the same level of acceptance as they might otherwise, and lolicon did recently manage to accumulate more than 20,000 signatures in support of their own efforts to preserve freedom of expression.
Coming so soon after the vigorously opposed loli ban, we might wonder just why politicians suddenly see oppressing anime, manga and game producers as a major vote winner?
It is puzzling, though the reasons they refrain from targeting houses of ill repute and AV companies instead are probably obvious…