“My Job Was Putting Mosaics in Your Porn, Any Questions?”

  • Author: Artefact
  • Categories: Uncategorized
  • Date: Jul 6, 2010 16:00 JST

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An interview with a former employee of a Japanese censorship body responsible for ensuring all Japanese AV has a healthy layer of mosaic over anything so harmful as the human genitals yields a great deal of insight into the industry’s complex censorship practices, to which there is much more than at first meets the eye…

Much background can be gleaned from the interview, but a brief overview of the situation regarding Japanese AV might help place his remarks in an appropriate context.

Japanese law basically bans distributing material explicitly depicting human genitalia in sexual situations, deeming them “obscene” publications “wantonly stimulating sexual desire, damaging the sense of sexual shame of an ordinary person, or contrary to good sexual morals,” although the interpretation of just what is “obscene” has changed drastically over time.

Once illegal, pubic hair is now acceptable, though close-ups on genitalia are not. In some cases police have apparently pursued art or even educational material featuring nudes for violating the ban on depicting human genitalia.

Photographic depictions of unusual sexual activity ranging from bestiality to incest are perfectly legal, as “obscenity” only includes pictures of actual genitals and includes no criteria as to what acts are shown.

Notoriously, Japanese pornographers attempting to skirt this imbecilic law resorted to a variety of mosaic and blur effects to remove the genitals from their products, magically rendering them non-obscene whatever the content. Most other censorship (for example of words or other sexual activities) is considered voluntary “self-restraint” on the part of publishers.

Punishments are harsh, potentially involving large fines and years in prison.

The law itself makes no reference to mosaics, but it there now exists a proven legal interpretation that mosaics make things non-obscene, and in order to give the process some legitimacy a series of government recognised “ethical” foundations have been founded by pornographers to regulate this censorship.

These take the form of organisations which AV producers “voluntarily” join, and who will then inspect and approve any videos submitted to them for a fee in order to ensure no accidental or deliberate circumventions occur.

Skirting this system are “indies,” independent porn publishers who are not members of the inspection organisations and who often experiment with “ultra-thin” mosaics and other techniques of pushing the boundaries of censorship.

In complete defiance of the system and the law are “ura-video,” generally uncensored amateur productions sold clandestinely at significant risk of arrest.

In all cases the Internet and Japanese and international pornographers operating overseas have made most restrictions functionally obsolete.

The anonymous 2ch denizen below, as interviewed by 2ch, relates that he is a former employee of such an organisation:

I worked for an adult video inspection foundation, any questions?

I’ll answer anything I can.

What percent are really “nakadashi”? [literally "coming inside," a genre of porn concerned with the unnatural practice of depositing semen in a woman's vagina rather than on her face accompanied by much overwrought groaning. Naturally under a heavy mosaic whether this ever really occurs is a matter of some doubt.]

I couldn’t give a good figure. The ones we inspected were all already censored and doctored up so it’s impossible to tell. From what the makers say not many are really doing it though. Sorry I can’t give a better answer.

So you were inspecting them? Tell us what you dropped.

I never dropped one.

The makers know what the standards are and would come to us in advance of making it if they had doubts.

There are times I had them cut or censor stuff. For example, when a actress was being interviewed walking along the street with a school in the background a little bit.

For the action, there were of course lots of times we warned people about the mosaic, but there were a lot of times it was other stuff.

You damn liar – the only people who work in those places are retired policemen.

I don’t know where it originates but I heard that tale too at work. But I’m no cop.

Did you onanise whilst watching them? Were you actually paid money?

For the ones I really liked I sometimes snuck off to the toilet… but after a while I was pyschologically numbed and no longer responded. The wages were a monthly salary paid by bank transfer.

Did you test to see whether people could “use” the material properly?

We didn’t consider that. If we did we’d be looking at the works “hedonically” rather than “ethically.”

Whether anyone could get off on it was a matter left to the makers to decide.

Of course, watching them you would think “this has no chance” from time to time.

How on earth did you get that job? You a regular company employee, a staff member of the foundation or what?

I saw an ad online and applied. At first I thought “is there really a job like this and are they really recruiting online?”

It’s not a company, but a government authorised foundation [a quango in other words]. That’s why I put “foundation” and not “company” in the thread title.

It’s supposed to impartial as it’s not run for a profit like a company. But in reality it rather less than impartial and is bound up with all kinds of interests.

Do they receive a lot of “amakudari” police officers?

["amakudari," literally "descent from heaven," is a long standing Japanese tradition of retiring civil servants being offered top posts, often virtual sinecures, in the industries they once oversaw. Of course, there is no possibility of the prospect of such a lucrative position being offered influencing the behaviour of civil servants whilst in office.]

I saw online that one foundation had apparently done that. I have no personal experience of it though. There weren’t any cops when I was doing it, but it wasn’t a very big outfit…

Any interesting dodgy stories?

Not really.

I had one time when I was on the phone with the maker (a woman) and she was shouting out the titles of the films to her coworkers with her like it was nothing.

Me: “Amateurs Coming Inside” has passed OK.

Her: “AMATEURS COMING INSIDE HAS PASSED!”

Me: “Chikan Paradise had two scenes which were no good.”

Her: “CHIKAN PARADISE IS OUT!”

Our office was normally pretty quiet. Filming is all at the maker’s end so I have no stories about that. Sorry.

How many did you do in a day? What are the criteria?

We’d do 2 hour films twice a day. A 4 hour piece would be once a day, and sometimes we’d do 3 a day if busy.

There’s basically a manual for the criteria.

But the manual is nothing but “if this is in the film is absolutely not allowed.” For example, drugs, copyrighted characters or religious issues. Other stuff we’d talk over with the makers.

For example we had a film with a bunch of guys gang-raping a woman whilst taking pics with a mobile. The mobile was on screen and we reported it as a violation as, although a normal person might not notice, the maker of the phone might well object.

How much did you get?

Basic salary was ¥180,000 monthly ($2,000). With overtime it was 180,000-220,000. By the way, I’m in my twenties.

[This is a middling salary by Japanese standards, though perhaps high for a young man with no particular education or skills other than porn watching.]

You could live alright on that in an OK city area. Any extras or benefits?

Yes, it’s alright isn’t it? I don’t regret quitting but I do regret losing the wages a bit.

Two bonuses a year and an annual raise. Also overtime and commuter expense payments, a variety of insurance. No different from a salary man, though with no severance package.

But the raise and bonus amounts made me worry about my future. You don’t learn any skills, you’re just watching videos, and there’s no way you can really ask for money on account of having improved your skills.

Do the porn makers pay a fee?

Yes, we’d bill them for each inspection.

Did you do gay porn?

Not at my place. Each maker has a particular foundation for their stuff so I expect there’s one for gay porn.

But I think extreme stuff like gay porn and scat is mostly voluntary restraint.

What are you doing now?

Part time work with nothing to do with AV. Aside from the money I don’t regret it.

Why’d you quit?

Basically:

I was worried about my future.

I had doubts about the neutrality of the foundation.

Aside from the skill issue, I was always thinking “why am I doing this?” when I was doing it… not good for you psychologically. Especially with the raise situation.

As to the other issue, the initial capital for the foundation is provided by the members, i.e. the companies making the porn and submitting it to us. So there were times when things got a little unclear if we were told to do stuff by the members, even if we were said to be neutral. I really found that objectionable.

Maybe the others are different, I don’t know.

Some guys got busted for this stuff, didn’t they?

2 years ago, yes.

There were shady types there even when I was there. All jobs have their minuses but in this case I really wouldn’t want to recommend this industry to anybody.

Can you recommend any porn stars or titles?

I can’t mention titles, but Kirara Kurogawa and Mihono Tsukimoto are recommended.

There’s a film called BANQUISH 46 which has uncensored paipan for a few seconds – is that OK?

I’ve not seen it, but if true it’s a major issue and grounds for instant recall. Maybe the foundation doing that inspection was a bit green…

What’s the worst thing you’ve seen?

In one title I can’t name there was a drama scene with a PS2 where you could clearly see them playing a certain famous RPG and hear the music – how that got past their editors I don’t know.

What’s the office like? Do you still find AV exciting?

It’s laid out with small partitions but you can see what’s on other people’s screens if you turn around. Headphones were used.

When I was doing it I couldn’t get off on AV easily. Everyone was like that, and for those with the mental fortitude to survive it, there’s much better work around I think.

Everyone’s just sat there guiltily watching that stuff? It sounds an awfully gloomy place…

Not so much guiltily as unfulfilledly. It’s hard to be satisfied just watching the same stuff all day over and over with no job prospects or skills to improve. It wasn’t glomy but there was no real energy there.

Also, just passing the inspection doesn’t actually make the title legal – the cops can still take action if there’s stuff they have issues with so what you’re doing is basically meaningless.

I stopped associating with the guys from my time there too.

I’m sorry to be so negative, but if you really want to try it then good for you, but I think there’s probably better stuff out there for anyone like that.

Why are the men in Japanese porn nothing but ugly freaks. They’re always fat bald little creeps, isn’t a hot guy and girl a better combo?

A lot of people say this.

At the extreme you have guys absolutely everyone finds disgusting but most are average. Probably keeping them short is better for matching them to the female performers, maybe.

Japanese political theatre at its finest – a group of “impartial” government approved foundations are founded and funded by otherwise completely unregulated porn companies for the supposed purpose of promoting censorship and preserving public morals whilst propping up farcical obscenity laws, all so politicians, police and porn peddlers can all claim the industry is held to the highest ethical standards.


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    Comment by ----
    02:51 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    We should all troll Japan saying "Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah, our porn is uncensored and yours isn't." Maybe then they would start doing something about it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:52 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is there an uncensored image of the OP pic? Or at least a source for where the OP image came from?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:27 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    toshihide sano's the artist, it's one of his h-game cgs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:27 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What's the point of censoring porn?

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    02:28 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even a fifth grader knows what beyond those blurred screen so what the use?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:29 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please don't bash me but I still don't really know what AV means. Could it be adult video..?

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by Chen-04
    07:26 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    “My Job Was Putting Mosaics in Your Porn, Any Questions?”
    ---> Why would you do such a terrible thing?

    Censorship is cowardice. People do it only out of fear.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:41 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most funny part is that at least the rest of the world gives a flying fuck about the censorship part.
    I've seen several times on news and blogs that japanese porn is actually considered among the most perverted and less restricted with morality due to all the weird stuff you can find.
    Other than feeding an entire censorship industry, I really can't see why mosaics are still around, and how it survived so far.
    It would also be interesting to know how hard Internet porn has hit the japanese porn industry.
    Right know, I can't be bothered by japanese porn or hentai, but I'd be if it weren't for the damn censorship.
    Lucky for us, there are tons of internet denizens willing to de-censor, de-mosaic and nude filter stuff.
    Three cheers for Sankaku Complex!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:01 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The reason why it's so fucked up thou, it because of the censorship. They need a different hook and perversion is that hook. The same phenomenon occurs in Germany, home of the skat fetish.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:41 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why don't these companies register a domain in a foreign country and use digital distribution to pimp their wares?

    If they did that, they could do away with the mosaic, by claiming that it was never intended for distribution in Japan. The site would merely accept payment 'indiscriminately' and offer bilingual or trilingual support. The additional language support beyond Japanese would be their ruse, legitimizing their claim.

    IDK, maybe I'm too rational for that xenophobic country. After all, they fear sharing their video games with the outside world, why should their porn be any different. I say fuck you to region protection and other xenophobic practices.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Several companies do (carribean.com, etc).

    However, the problem is that any company with a Japanese presence is going to be at the mercy of police.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:40 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    not to interrupt the discussion, but I'm interested in the source of the picture used.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:09 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I had a job like this - training internet censor filters (in the US - specifically Portland Oregon). Basically browsing porn all day and categorizing it. Yes it does desensitize you to the point where you can look at pretty much anything without getting hard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:40 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    japanese censorship laws ruin their porn.

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    Comment by Niegol
    00:35 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A wise man once said: I hate censorship!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:54 06/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Get a "Olympia DV-9900DX Japanese DVD Mosaic Remover" :3 problem solved.

    Avatar of Evil Santa, Has Come To Town
    01:26 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh anon, you get +1 internet.

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    Comment by maid
    00:10 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've always found those mosaics quite appealing...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:52 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "What’s the worst thing you’ve seen?"

    I thought he was going to talk about a possibly vomit-inducing sex act in a movie he worked with, then I read his answer xD

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    Comment by alex251
    01:14 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol, probably a PS2 with a JRPG is even worse :)

    Avatar of Evil Santa, Has Come To Town
    01:59 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    obscene + porn =.....................................
    oh moralfags please stop reproducing. The interview was kind of interesting, it make me realize any job that concern watching porn over and over will kill sexual arousal. Censorship is never good, yes some things you can't show the kiddies but doesn't porn have the big 18+ sticker one the box ? don't pornshops and video stores section off porn ? Don't they tell kids gtfo when they try to get close to these sections ?, LIKE genitals can harm the psychic, "oh it obscene, it is perverted" am sex is a act to reproduce and feel good, the porn industry just came up with a idea to help guys and girls who have either sexual fantasy or sexual frustration, people are going to see dicks and vaginas, porn or not, there going to have sexm porn or not, if sex is so immoral then the government should stay absence then see how the freaking birthrate fall and there country die out.

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    Comment by Fronzel
    08:44 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gay porn is "extreme"?

    But the cell phone gang rape isn't?

    lol japan

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    17:19 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ^This

    How would a Japanese guy from all people think anal or oral sex are out of the ordinary?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:48 08/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    YEAH I HAVE A QUESTION WHY ARE YOU SUCH A FAGGOT?!?! BLUR OUT MY PORN YOU FUCKING FAG!!! I'LL BUST IN YOUR MOUTH AND YOU WOULD LIKE THAT CUZ YOUR A FUCKING FAGGOT!!!! I'LL BLUR OUT YOUR FACE WITH A BASEBALL BAT!!! FUCKING STUPID BITCH!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:26 09/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stop using your dad's PC kid, I don't think he gave you the permission.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:46 08/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You must die mother fucker!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:46 08/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd love to try his job over a summer, even if I didn't develop any skills, I'd certainly find it educating. Too bad I don't live in that country.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:11 09/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's so fucking sad that the only country in the world which produces hentai has porn censorship laws! One of the most useless and annoying laws EVER!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:43 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    its because of the state of mind about "genitals and uncensors are immoral" are the reason why japan's birth rates are so low, they are killing themselves off

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:52 24/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    3single (dot) com is a great site. It also has live chat so you can chat to other people online. Good luck.
    Zofia http://latimes.com

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:09 10/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Censorship is bullshit, just when did the human genital become such a bad thing? So if a kid sees a genital he/she becomes traumatized or what? Its just all so illogical

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    Comment by raijinz
    19:01 09/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And they wonder why the birth rates in Japan are dropping? It's because the government is censoring your porn, so you don't know which hole your dick is supposed to go in! The kids never stood a chance, dammit!

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    04:52 13/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    don't make porn at all if you plan to censored it....sheshh!!!....

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:40 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    WOW...and I thought the Comics Code Authority was fucked up.

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    Comment by eksuterru-kun
    13:11 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    nakadashi reminds me of the prank by rin in kodomo no jikan lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:12 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't see why nakadashi is unnatural. If not for nakadashi none of us would be here today, except for you special test tube babies.

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    08:55 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Header Pic faptastic :D i guess to much porn can be boring.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:35 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "[This is a middling salary by Japanese standards, though perhaps high for a young man with no particular education or skills other than porn watching.]"

    LOOOOOOL I found this note the highlight of the article. XD

    oh! and I have to say that, at least, the guy has a good taste. he recommended Mihono Tsukimoto. S2

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:28 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, the Japanese law that was referred to was repealed a long time ago, so there really isn't any reason for this censorship to still be going on.

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    Comment by Artefact

    And your source for this is?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:36 06/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I tought that every japanese woman has mosaic in her genitalia, now I see it's post production.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    17:17 06/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It sure wasn't hard to find an image to match with the topic...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:18 06/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i have nothing smart to say.

    so, penis.

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    Comment by alex251
    17:23 06/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    To be paid for watching porn - a dream job for each NEET or hiki

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    Comment by Anonymous
    17:05 06/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Why are the men in Japanese porn nothing but ugly freaks. They’re always fat bald little creeps, isn’t a hot guy and girl a better combo?"
    This is the reason I prefer JAV to american porn.
    It's a bit easier to identify yourself with the male when he's nothing special or average than an american on roid diet.

    Sounds like a shitty job, though. Great majority of AV's are so poor they're barely watchable.

    Does anyone know that AV that guy mentions, where you could "clearly see them playing a certain famous RPG and hear the music"?

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    Comment by Dia
    00:37 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @17:05 I think it was denied...
    @20:50 Only in anime...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:20 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon 17:05... easier to identify yourself with them? really now? most look like shit in japanese AV's.. it bugs me just seeing their face.
    they dont even look decent for the most part

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:52 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or a black guy who keeps doing weird faces to the camera while a chick with plastic everything is sucking him off?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:47 07/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Would you find it easier to identify yourself with some overly-muscular american dumbass with no leg hair?

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    Comment by alidan
    17:53 06/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    anyway, in Japanese porn they censer the guy out completely allot of the time, making it more tolerable

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    Comment by Myballz
    20:50 06/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They censor out Japanese men's Penises in AV you wonder why Japanese women act so shock to see one.






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