Finding themselves with nothing better to do for the moment, Japan’s politicians have been generating political capital by humouring moralist groups such as UNICEF, who have launched a hysterical crusade against what they see as lax laws on the part of Japan.
An opposition diet member (of the Koumeito – a major religious party run by a Buddhist sect) recently petitioned the government for even more laws, meaning against loli manga and similar: “We’d like the government to assist with all its energy in bringing these laws to pass” – and Prime Minister Rozen Aso, himself having a Catholic background, responded positively “We must proactively deliberate upon the matter”.
Rather more interesting than the vapid posturing of politicians out for their names is the critical response we see on the Internet, particularly on 2ch. A quite extensive body of statistics and other evidence disputing the anti-freedom of expression camp has come to be commonly presented, so looking at some of this is probably of interest.
I should caution that these statistics are assembled by partisans (just as are those assembled by the other side of the argument); since you can read the scaremongering side of things anywhere, not least on UNICEF’s pages, here I only present evidence (accredited, of course) from 2ch:
UN Statistics for 2000: Rapes per 100,000 people:
|Canada||78.08||“Simple Possession”, Loli Manga Banned|
|Australia||77.79||“Simple Possession”, Loli Manga De Jure Banned|
|USA||32.05||“Simple Possession”, Loli Manga Banned (Constitutionally Invalid)|
|Sweden||24.47||“Simple Possession”, Loli Manga Banned|
|UK||16.23||“Simple Possession”, Loli Manga, BDSM to be Banned|
|S. Korea||12.98||“Simple Possession”|
|Japan||1.78||“Simple Possession” (Just introduced)|
“Simple Possession” laws refer to just possessing pictures being a crime – actually producing/distributing the pictures is a crime in all these jurisdictions.
It seems that it is the rest of the world which lags Japan…
Does Child Pornography Foster Sex Crime?
Source: National Police Agency – Rape Statistics
|Total Crimes||Minors||Under Primary School Age||Primary School||Middle School||Minors Over Middle School Age|
“Loli material, whether as young idols, loli manga, eroge or similar, only started to become common in Japan during the mid 1980s. The first ban of such material was in 1999.”
“You may be able to trick people starved of information, but you can’t trick the Net.”