Top late night anime broadcast Tokyo MX has said it may stop showing anime with “extreme” content as a result of Tokyo’s anime/manga ban, and even goes so far as to say it will no longer be offering jobs to anime fans.

Tokyo MX’s management has this to say in an interview:

“MX broadcasts a lot of late night anime containing panchira and other ecchi material.

As our station has a deep connection to the Tokyo government, we can’t ignore their wishes, so with the harsher law there is the possibility that we will have to refrain from broadcasting more extreme anime.”

The station’s management even goes on to say it no longer wants to employ anime fans as a result of the law, and is considering discriminating against them in its hiring process:

“We’re a popular employer amongst student recruits as we are so strong at broadcasting anime.

However, now we are thinking we should no longer offer jobs to students who express an interest in anime in their applications.

Of course, we won’t just tell them ‘anime fans need not apply.’ Rather, we’ll ask them something like ‘if you took a foreign friend to a tourist spot, where would you take them?’

If they answer ‘Akihabara,’ we’ll be able to consider whether we really want to employ them.”

Anime fans are now being denied jobs as a result of the law – all thanks to the hatred Ishihara and his geriatric cronies bear for anything popular with the young.

The article also wryly remarks that it might be better just to ask them whether they are for or against the ban and deny them employment based on that.


Of all the “anime-friendly” stations (essentially a handful of Tokyo and Osaka stations), Tokyo MX had the best reputation for broadcasting large amounts of late night anime in uncensored form, making its potential loss quite a blow to anime fans.

The actual impact on anime producers is harder to predict – the business model for late night anime is to use TV distribution to promote disc sales, and stations pay only a nominal fee or are actually paid to show the anime, with the anime production costs coming almost exclusively from disc sales.

As a result, the restrictions the law places on selling the actual discs is rather more problematic – and so far it is not even clear what these restrictions will entail.

Meanwhile, not so much as a peep of protest or calls for “voluntary restraints” are heard when Tokyo stations broadcast such edifying spectacles as a trio of hot porn stars engaged in a lesbian threesome

Update: Tokyo MX is denying it intends to discriminate against otaku in its hiring process, although whether they are to be believed is another matter…

Update 2: Tokyo MX now claims the report is a complete fabrication, although the rag in question has yet to offer a retraction.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:06 01/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Wow, going as far as to discriminate anime fans away from getting a job? Only more people would become hikikomoris than there are functioning, tax-paying citizens. It's not like being an anime fan means being automatically unable to act professionally within his day job requirement if need be...

    Well, only time will tell what truly happened to Tokyo. I'm just glad I don't live in a state where employers would judge my worth from my hobbies and not MY GODDAMN QUALIFICATIONS I WORKED HARD TO PERFECT AFTER 5 YEARS IN THE UNIVERSITY.

    Thanks a lot, Ishihara. You just killed whatever's left of my desire to even visit Japan. Instead, I haven't been this proud of my own hood since I was 10.

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    Comment by Minako
    08:17 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Fighting anime fans by increasing the nation's unemployment rates (and screwing up the entire country's economy in the process) is probably the dumbest shit they could come up with. Do they even realize what they're doing...?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:07 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They also might be breaking numerous sections of even Japanee law. The Japanese have non-discrimination laws as well as the United States. In fact, on some subjects, Japan's anti-discrimination laws are HARSHER than the United States.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:15 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Since those things are incited by the very politicians themselves, you just watch as they continue to plunder every law and common sense, and let this happen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:32 14/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan has:

    Women get cheaper meals at some restaurants.
    Movies cost less for women.
    Women only train cars
    Women only onsen resorts

    Tough anti-discrimination laws eh?

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    Comment by DRYO
    01:43 01/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    so you wanted to visit japan to show off your perverted mind?

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    Comment by alex251
    23:40 31/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "As our station has a deep connection to the Tokyo government"

    that quite explains it all -> idiots

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    Comment by yaku
    00:27 01/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They're the government's bitches.

    00:30 01/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Ishihara's bitches.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    01:40 01/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    We got a stupid government, and now we got a stupid TV station. AT-X FTW!

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    01:53 01/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Tokyo government better not laying their diabolical hands on my AT-X!

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    Comment by PirosThe3rd
    01:20 01/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    In this world,there is no such a thing called "good" goverment.

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    Comment by Megidola
    00:51 01/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They're bending over for Ishihara to "deeply connect" with them...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:27 01/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    this is so fucked up...
    of course im against them stop broadcasting anime... but its their decision, there's not much anyone can do
    but not hiring otakus is just wrong, i don't know in japan, but here it would become a huge lawsuit against the company...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:57 01/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Someone needs to sit down with Ishihara and thoroughly explain to him that people like him are the biggest thread to Japan. Does he really believe that his hate crime (anime/manga ban) will cut down the crime or whatever he believes is fixing. this fucking Ishira is just as ignorant as the fucking Italian pope...
    Why people admire such persons is beyond me -.-
    Nevertheless Ishira is a faggot and probably one of the most likeliest people to actually commit pedophilia. If you ask me he should just be thrown in to a holding cell right now after which said room key should be immediately destroyed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:58 01/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    so i guess we will now see more late night porno movies? yah i guess letting kids secretly watch uncensored anime is better then watching porn. TO HELL WITH YOU Ishihara

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    Comment by The REAL Lamberto
    01:00 01/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    They and those faggy politicians love to hop on the "iShitHara Ride"!

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    Comment by Anonymouse
    01:46 01/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I don't think this was really the company's decision. The way they were talking it seems like they have either been paid off by the Tokyo gov't or they have been threatened. Either way I wouldn't put it past them...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:34 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Its worse when there were/are still idiots out there that believe only thing to come out of the ban is loli rape bans.

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    Comment by TFish
    06:07 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I just don't get all the "get off my lawn" line of thinking. Why is youth culture so discriminated against? If the majority of the people like it then it's okay, regardless of what it is. If 51% of the country decided it's time to start eating children, then it's okay to eat children. That's democracy, if you don't like it find a new country.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:37 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ishihara, the king of trolls... <_<

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:48 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    so if i say "i will take them to all places except akihabara" i will get the job?

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    10:34 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is Ishithara at it's best...

    The company was obviously forced to do with it said, or else...

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    Comment by papuanewguineapunk
    15:13 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Interviewer: Where would you take your foreign friends?
    Otaku: Oh, well we'd get some used panties from the 14 year old down the street and then fap at the no-panties cafe.
    Interviewer: But you wouldn't go to akihabara?
    Otaku: Where the fuck is that? Speak english!

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    Comment by cats2
    05:47 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I wonder if the Japanese get any news about Egypt.. Hmmmmmmm, "just saying".

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:19 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You can say that again, why don't they just hold up a sign saying "We accept government bribes."

    I wish I could send them a letter in Japanese just to let them know how much their values make me want to vomit.

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    Comment by OTIKA
    07:37 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese Society has made me into the rebel I am today.


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    Comment by Yourtime
    07:00 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hm I have the thinking of the situation they are only biting themself with the whole descisions. After readig: "it no longer wants to employ anime fans as a result of the law"
    My first thought was: "then anime fans, will make an company to employ them" .. XD?.. Sorry, but I think, you can't stop a person with passion love in something. Additionally So you want employ people, who doesn't really understand how anime work? o0 *don't get it really*

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:31 27/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why would a TV Canal need people who know how anime works? ^^°

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:42 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    deep as in anally deep?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:56 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan can go to hell

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:58 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'm pretty sure that's what's going on right now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:46 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not Japan, just that ass Ishihara.

    Comment by Anonymous

    wheres the death note when you need it

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    Comment by GANTZ Playboy!
    02:25 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOLOL - what a laugh! throw away your only lynch-pin that makes you desirable- lol.

    MX's lose will be another stations GAIN! Really! Know Why?? - Why else do you think shows like: "True Blood", "Dexter", "Spartacus", & "Mad Men" are MORE popular than Network TV? Adult Content! = Cable!

    even crap like: "Californication", "Weeds", & "Entourage" get ratings & viewers just for the sex!. Hell, I've seen "Gantz", "Speed Grapher", & "Black Lagoon" do well on pay channels in America. The don't censor shit here.

    So Go Ahead MX cut your own dick off! Uncensored Anime will simply find a BETTER home! at a Cheaper Price! with MORE fans.

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    Comment by 美しい音
    23:23 31/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Big deal about the employment restriction... as if all anime fans are dumb to the extent of not spotting a fishy question.
    1. Do you have any prior experience with working at a TV broadcast company?
    A: *scribble scribble*
    2. What's your motivation?
    A: *scribble scribble*
    3. If you took a foreign friend to a tourist spot, where would you take them?’
    A: *scribble...* Wait... What?! *check application form* No... no, no words saying "Tourist guide"

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    Comment by Benoist
    00:47 01/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    i'd write "tokyo tower", with the hidden motive of watching flocks of schoolgirls =)

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:50 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pfft, I'd just rape the fukken bitch tower 11 times per second.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:37 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Johannes Krauser II have something to say about that while he hands you b33r.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    23:49 31/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I'd write Kyoto

    to take them to KyoAni HQ

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:52 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll write "NOT TOKYO because of the anime ban."

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    Comment by TNinja
    02:20 01/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    This is bullshit. Is it something I hate, that would be disposing someone just because of their interest.

    This Ishihara guy really affected a few stuff now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:53 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Go to DMC

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:02 01/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Clearly they are looking for you to write down 'Konata's House'

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:01 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nakano Broadway :)

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    Comment by AnarchystBR
    23:16 31/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    When you think you were finally figuring out the japanese way of thinking...

    BOOM. Appears something to defy everything you learned and believed until now.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    00:49 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What? No word from 2ch about this? I'd have thought they'd be actively spreading word to possible applicants, and organizing boycotts of the station in question (if they actually do pull their late night anime anyway).

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    Comment by patamon
    04:43 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well...how many people on 2ch actually have/want jobs? I can't help but think of them as people who might not get out much.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:30 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe" - especially the Japanese Universe - "is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.
    There is another theory which states that this has already happened."

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