DPJ Backs Manga Ban


The Democratic Party of Japan is reporting that its legislators in the Tokyo metropolitan assembly have agreed to support the looming ban on the sale of unhealthy anime, manga and games.

Masaki Ito, a DPJ Tokyo assemblyman, reports all the cliques in his party are in agreement that will support the Tokyo government’s efforts to restrict the sale of manga, anime and games featuring fictional sex crimes:

We will support it, with the addition of a supplementary resolution […] which requests the prudent application of the law.

Naturally, there is no objective standard for what is “prudent application” of a restriction on the sale of “harmful literature,” and no legal process or independent assessment of what should be banned.

Doubtless governor Ishihara would now be delighted to see the pesky manga industry disappear completely; indeed, it could only help sales of his own rape novels, which are exempted from any sort of restriction, along with films – so conspicuous an exemption that many cannot help but conclude the law is aimed solely at persecuting the anime, manga and game industries.

The whole fiasco also exposes some rather alarming deficiencies in the publishing industry; in most democratic countries a coalition of publishers would have little trouble protecting their interests from the marauding populism of a single local politician backed only by a zealous PTA, but Japan’s major publishers seem to have failed to secure the support of a single major party even at a local level in the national centre of the industry.

Ito goes on to politely explain how much public opposition to the bill his party has received, and how he will be ignoring it all completely:

We’ve received lots of mail about this. I haven’t had a chance to read it all, but I’ve seen much of it. Maybe we haven’t fully addressed your concerns, but I am grateful you have displayed such passion towards the Tokyo metropolitan government.

It would appear the Democrats will support the ban despite unanimous opposition from mangaka and publishers, a petition with 150,000 signatures opposing the law and what appears to be overwhelmingly negative public opinion – Japanese democracy at its finest.

Due to the self serving nature of politicians, the shady backroom nature of Japanese politics, and the complete lack of reliability in mass media reporting in Japan, it is difficult to say whether this member’s public statements will reflect how matters play out – previously parts of the DPJ were said to be vehemently opposed to the bill – but it certainly does not sound promising.

The actual vote is due on the 15th of December, and efforts to dissuade politicians from supporting the ban continue – vainly, it seems.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    02:02 13/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    wait a minute
    Sex crimes in manga, anime and games is BAD,
    but sex crimes in Novels, Movies and TV is OKAY?!

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    Comment by shinryou
    02:28 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Well, the general public certainly sees anime, manga and games in a different light than novels, movies and tv. Obviously restrictions on questionable porn (or close-to-porn) will go well with a large part of the electorate. Working adults and retired people are the largest groups there. And those groups certainly aren't the prime consumers or proponents of anime, manga and games either.
    And then again, we're taking about a democratic process here - no matter how skewed the Japanese political system may be. If the mangaka, anime studios, publishers and their customers do not agree they should take to the streets and demonstrate... or vote for a party that does not want to restrict the products they are making/buying.

    Maybe it's a good chance for the creators and publishers of anime, manga and games to focus on quality again, rather than the amount of panty shots and jiggling boobs.

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    Comment by XxLolimasterxX
    06:51 08/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    More focus upon artificial less in reality.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:05 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Um....it's fantasy, ya know manga,anime,and games....I mean really....do they know that?

    05:54 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    They're to stupid to notice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:08 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They live in the inbetween. Somewhere between the real and virtual world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:29 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Their face can be inbetween my thighs when i'm teabagging them.

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    Comment by Lunar Archivist
    07:02 13/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Here’s an abridged series of quotes from a “Wired” article:

    "The free access which many young people have to romances, novels, and plays has poisoned the mind and corrupted the morals of many a promising youth; and prevented others from improving their minds in useful knowledge. - Reverend Enos Hitchcock, Memoirs of the Bloomsgrove Family, 1790

    The Waltz
    "The indecent foreign dance called the Waltz was introduced ... at the English Court on Friday last . […] So long as this obscene display was confined to prostitutes and adulteresses, we did not think it deserving of notice; but now that it is ... forced on the respectable classes of society by the evil example of their superiors, we feel it a duty to warn every parent against exposing his daughter to so fatal a contagion." - The Times of London, 1816

    "This new form of entertainment has gone far to blast maidenhood ... Depraved adults with candies and pennies beguile children with the inevitable result. The Society has prosecuted many for leading girls astray through these picture shows, but GOD alone knows how many are leading dissolute lives begun at the 'moving pictures.'" - The Annual Report of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 1909

    The Telephone
    "Does the telephone make men more active or more lazy? Does [it] break up home life and the old practice of visiting friends?" - Survey conducted by the Knights of Columbus Adult Education Committee, San Francisco Bay Area, 1926

    Comic Books
    "Comic books and life are connected. A bank robbery is easily translated into the rifling of a candy store. Delinquencies formerly restricted to adults are increasingly committed by young people and children ... All child drug addicts, and all children drawn into the narcotics traffic as messengers, with whom we have had contact, were inveterate comic-book readers." - Fredric Wertham, Seduction of the Innocent, 1954

    Rock and Roll
    "The effect of rock and roll on young people, is to turn them into devil worshippers; to stimulate self-expression through sex; to provoke lawlessness; impair nervous stability and destroy the sanctity of marriage. It is an evil influence on the youth of our country." - Minister Albert Carter, 1956

    Video Games
    "The disturbing material in Grand Theft Auto and other games like it is stealing the innocence of our children and it's making the difficult job of being a parent even harder ... I believe that the ability of our children to access pornographic and outrageously violent material on video games rated for adults is spiraling out of control." - Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, 2005

    Trust me, politicians and experts have been trying to pin the corruption and downfall of society and youth on various things and pissing in your metaphorical cornflakes for much longer than you think.

    There are three constants in the world:

    1. The establishment never learns

    2. Each generation views themselves as the paragons of virtue, morality, and ethics.

    3. History vindicates liberals and makes fools of all conservatives and fundamentalists.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:49 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I'm not very surprised by this. Even if the ban is still rejected, those pushing for it will simply try over and over again. One doesn't need to be a genious in statistics to realize how that's going to end eventually.

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    Comment by Ecchi Man
    07:19 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not as if supporters of anime and manga are really trying to get anything done. If anything, the reputation of those industries is being killed by the kind of material being produced nowadays. Counterproductive much?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:19 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    well there goes one of the very few things japan had going for it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:32 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    "No! I must kill the lolicons!" he shouted.

    The radio said "No, Ishihara. You are the lolicon.".

    And then Ishihara was a pedobear.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:25 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Something like this, is frankly all that's needed to help put a stop to it.

    It would be a rather big scandal if Governor Ishihara were to be caught engaging in Enjo-kōsai with say a schoolgirl attending Middle School.

    And that this were to be reported by a concerned father, who has found e-mail correspondence by his little Princess and the Old Goat, both to the cops and to the press, especially those members of the press sympathetic to the other party.

    After all, she's an innocent girl and cannot be charged for prostitution, the Johns, even if a Governor on the other hand...

    "Bye Bye Ishihara-guy.
    Drove my Honda to the levee,
    but the levee was dry
    And that good old boy was drinkin’ sake till the bottle was dry
    Singin’, "this’ll be the day that I die.
    "this’ll be the day that I die."

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    Comment by Ecchi Man
    07:14 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    We need dirt on this guy. And we need it now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:24 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Both of you are right, but more than that, you two need to Google for the greatest piece of fanfiction ever to grace the Internet: Doom - Repercussions of Evil.

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    Comment by T.O.M. Morrow
    01:57 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    When I read this I could picture in my mind's eye governor Ishihara with an evil grin, rubbing his hands together and chuckling.

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    Comment by TFish
    03:08 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    While simultaneousness masturbating to a rape scene in a novel.

    Because imagining horrible crimes is much less damaging than seeing a cartoon rendition of it.

    05:50 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    When i read your comment i imagine myself punching "governor Ishihara with an evil grin, rubbing his hands together and chuckling" in the face.

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    13:02 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    your imagination knows no limits,so punching is probably just the first step...
    think harder

    21:52 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Start off small then move on to the big guns.

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    Comment by Tomoya-san
    01:51 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    "We’ve received lots of mail about this. I haven’t had a chance to read it all, but I’ve seen much of it. Maybe we haven’t fully addressed your concerns, but I am grateful you have displayed such passion towards the Tokyo metropolitan government."
    -Are you serious?You're ignoring them because they're passionate towards the political nonsense you slap on creativity aka anime?

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    02:16 13/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    In the end, they're all crazy old men off their meds and needs to be replaced...

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    13:00 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    their replacement shall be my Christmas gift

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    Comment by NeverSleep
    02:30 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, like any old geezer that is a politic is.

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    Comment by Karasz
    03:19 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I despise political corruption. I think we should live without politics. Who's with me?

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    Comment by djmaca
    09:52 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    I hate international conspiracies too. What's with America's Tesla experiments during the Iraqi War, China bribing Japanese Politicians and the disarming of East Asian Countries to render them defenseless!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:13 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    manga,anime,game industry will disappear soon

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:15 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    How can they even call themselves "Democratic" after this? Stupid assholes.

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    Comment by Moga
    03:57 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    This turn of events is extremely displeasing, but not overwhelmingly unexpected. There is no telling how much money some loons will spill to see their own moralities pushed onto others, violating the recipients of said morality in the process due to their odd(and grotesque) thoughts of entitlement.

    At some point I'm waiting for some groups/companies/studios to migrate to less oppressive creative production areas in the world.(Or some quality anime outfits get started in other parts of the world.)

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    Comment by vanilka
    02:37 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I still don't get it. If it's a manga, it's "harmful literature." If it's a novel or a movie, then it's ok? What the heck?! >:C

    Moreover, doesn't "democratic" mean that you're against censorship and other stuff that affect freedom of expression?

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    Comment by Bakamoichigei
    01:58 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Go ahead, Japan. Fuck your largest export. No one can afford your cars and consumer electronics right now. Fuck the last good thing you make, I dare you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:17 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Actually they already fucked it with retarded censorship.

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    Comment by Artefact

    None of you people are actually buying their anime, manga and games though?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:02 13/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I buy goods from the anime (etc.) I like, but I must admit, the minority of overseas fans actually buy anime, video game, and manga related goods.

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    Comment by Observer
    04:12 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    i would like to buy some animes too like durarara bakemonogatari or some other interesting animes i liked. But i never took the time wether the dvds have subs (they probably have) where to get, and how much it will cost, including the transportation fees which already scare me now x_x

    But overall the access to Manga and Anime in Germany has increased over the past 1,5 years.
    And it would be sad if that stops with all the "family friendly" stuff.
    In some years the ero stuff will be accepted too i hope.

    And if this bill will be passed there will probably be many companies which go to other countries then. or you get that from Korea or China thereafter

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    Comment by Artefact

    You and others certainly do - but the size of the international market shrank recently (for whatever reasons) and was already tiny compared to the domestic market.

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    13:05 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Arefact,I actually buy the mangas and games,but I just download the anime,who here buys anime clothes?(I buy Cospa's clothes)

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:04 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I DO buy them

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:33 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    half the time stuff is limited edition and out of print before I can buy it :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:48 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    lol please tell me you are joking i purchase anime consistantly usually spending close to a grand or more a year in anime not to mention my cr subscription.

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    Comment by Dia
    05:34 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I bought a few licensed mangas.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:06 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've got some volumes looming around in the house too...

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    Comment by vanilka
    02:27 13/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I do buy them, too. I can't afford much but still do. *caresses the first volume of Zero no Tsukaima manga bought just few days ago*

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:54 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I buy a lot of manga volumes that, although translated, had their local publishers paying royalty to Shogakukan Inc(all 45 official volumes of Doraemon). I'm as legit as they can be and I have a right as a consumer.

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    Comment by Ecchi Man
    07:10 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I do, it's where 75% of my disposable income goes...

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    Comment by Yasuo
    02:24 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    that shit sells really fucking well. much more people get it illegally, true, but the actual sales are fantastic.

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    Comment by Y10NRDY
    02:36 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wrong, Artie.

    I buy all of the above. What else you got, son?

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    Comment by shinryou
    03:01 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess that goes for everything and isn't limited to anime and manga. If it can be pirated people will pirate it. I'd even go as far as saying that the Japanese pirate anime and manga themselves more frequently than the 'dirty foreigners' do ;).

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:05 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It trickles down to other countries eventually.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:04 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, that's racist.

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    Comment by alex251
    02:27 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (-0.2)


    Comment by Anonymous
    02:28 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who cares? Everething is made in from China, or at least now will be!

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