Tokyo Governor Candidate: “I Will Ban Violent Games”

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The Tokyo gubernatorial race continues to go from bad to worse with one of the candidates publicly stating he will ban “violent” games if elected, saying they create murderers.

Kanagawa governor Shigefumi Matsuzawa has previously banned games he objects to, but his bid for Tokyo’s governorship sees him explicitly saying that he sees the position as the key to eradicating violent games and so eliminating the scourge (admittedly a rather mild one in Japan) of youth crime:

Of all harmful information, the worst is that containing violence.

Games like ‘Grand Theft Auto III’ award points and allow advancement for murdering people, and there are cases of these games lowering inhibitions to killing and ultimately stimulating people to murder.

To stop this scourge spreading through the youth of Kanagawa, I reformed youth protection ordinances to ban the sale of these games.

If possible, I’d like to bring restrictions in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama into line with each other. It’s not right for us to ban these games in Kanagawa only to have youths able to buy them in Tokyo.

It should of course be noted that in Japan games are already under the heel of a fairly draconian “voluntary” censorship regime.

With any ban in Tokyo a de facto national ban, Japan’s troubled gaming industry may soon find itself under even more pressure.


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    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    09:46 11/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Back in the old days, politicians were aiming to abolish serious stuff like slavery, head hunting, racism, poverty and all that's appropriate.

    Now they have nothing else to do other than banning modern media all just for the sake of winning the heart of moral fagging parents.

    Avatar of Megidola
    Comment by Megidola
    09:53 11/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Then they realised it's much easier to address made-up issues instead of real ones...

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    Comment by rantingprophet
    11:04 11/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Reporter: "So what are you doing to fix the economy?"

    Politician: "Banning violent video games for sale."

    Reporter: "You do realize that hurts the economy..."

    Politician: "..."

    Avatar of Sandalphon
    Comment by Sandalphon
    13:26 11/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    @Elc

    On that note, I remember Galileo Galilei once wrote, "Old age weighs heavy on my mind, as I struggle to understand concepts I easily understood before"

    Perchance this same languidness also plagues the minds of the old brats in charge of the Japanese government.

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    Comment by Crim
    13:01 11/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    We need a new law that bans old people from taking government position

    Avatar of VVayfarer
    Comment by VVayfarer
    16:11 11/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Democracy sucks...

    If IQ-tests were to be made more accurate, all democratic governments should pay for yearly nationwide tests and give the citizens more or less 'votes' depending on their intelligence. This could also be used to prevent those scoring less than a hundred (Ishihara/Matsuzawa) from standing for election.

    With today's democracy, no ones got the guts to make that kind of change happen, though. Especially since the ones likeliest to vote and stand for election might not be the most 'gifted' of us...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:03 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    the near future of Japan looks grim...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:22 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Japan is doomed, as they have to vote between an idiot and an imbecile.

    Avatar of Elc
    Comment by Elc
    12:00 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    it seems like old people tend to show a level of ignorance that may possibly be the end of human civilization as we know it...

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    Comment by Minako
    12:40 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, did he say "Grand Theft Auto III"? That's SO 2002!!

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    10:26 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    & as a result, we now have countless people like this this Shigefumi clown...

    *sigh* we are all pretty much doomed at this point...

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    Comment by Mizushima 水島
    10:32 11/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    if only we could ban those in government

    Avatar of Elc
    Comment by Elc
    12:07 11/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    this is what happens when you give stupid people power... they rule with ignorance, usually blaming something else for their own shortcomings and to shift attention away from the real issues.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:54 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Let's give them something to worry for.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    11:30 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I believe that requires a little blond pigtailed schoolgirl in a sweater with a giant W going over there with an excessively large hammer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:49 11/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Why not? It's not like they have anything more important to deal with, like, declining birthrates or Japan gradually losing its position as one of the world's key economic powers.

    Avatar of jr2nd
    Comment by jr2nd
    09:58 11/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    yet theyre killing manga/anime going to kill video games the two things japan is good at doing on a world wide scale? O.o

    personally i cant see how this is going to help japan's economic power recover at all... -.-

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    Comment by Gogetters
    11:22 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I can see a civil war in the future if the Japanese can make it outside.

    FIGHT FOR YOUR WIFUS AND HUSBANDOS!

    Eh... It would be more of a protest than a civil war but w/e

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    Comment by VVayfarer
    16:32 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Two things, you say, but you're forgetting a Product that is both Objective and involves Reassuring amounts of Nudity.

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    Comment by Renzo
    12:44 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan sure is fully packed with old people that the young people can't do anything to stop it

    Comment by Anonymous

    "Back in the old days, politicians were aiming to abolish serious stuff like slavery, head hunting, racism, poverty and all that's appropriate."

    maybe back in those days, banning/govnerning those things made ppl had the same thinking as we r now... i.e y arn't they dealing with serious issues, politicians r just taking fun out of life.

    and in the yr 2050, ppl might think "Back in the old days, politicians were aiming to abolish serious stuff like loli manga, violent games, otakus and all that's appropriate."

    if its meant to happen, it'll happen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:43 11/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Slavery, head hunting, racism, poverty and all that stuff have actual victims: the slaves, those killed, the minorities, the poor, etc. People suffer because of those things.

    Gaming, watching anime, reading manga, etc. harms no one. Nobody is hurt during their creation, and people aren't forced to play watch/read if they don't want to.

    Arguing that they must be banned because young people can't separate fiction from reality and will therefore be turned into criminals is just stupid. It is those old politicians who seem to have problems separating fiction from reality. They just fear modern media because it's new and they are unable to adapt to those things we have now. That's why they say nothing about old shit like, say, water guns. The whole point of a water gun is to "shoot" your friends and unlike GTA they are made specifically for children! Maybe they should ban them for "lowering inhibitions to killing and ultimately stimulating people to murder."

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    Comment by Sandalphon
    13:37 11/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    "if its meant to happen, it'll happen."

    That's a pretty apathetic way to say "I'm too lazy to change my reality and fight for what I want".

    Apathy and Conformism are the actual plague of today's youth.

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    Comment by GodMan
    15:48 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 10:22
    12:43 proves the problem with your little theory, slavery, head hunting, and racism all involved other people. Enslaving others to your whim is a lot more worse than going home to play Saints Row by yourself. The reason we see it the old days bad now is that we got smart and realized we were causing harm to others I'll see that as bad. But banning games and anime based on a theory that couldn't be true, they're wasting there time picking on minor issues. Here something that they haven't fixed since the old days...POVERTY.

    Comment by Anonymous

    @anon 12:43
    as a person from this generation, i'm not saying those proposals from the politicians are correct or justified, much like particular grps of ppl prior to our generation enjoyed their slavery, head hunting, racism, (indirectly causing others to) poverty ect.

    @giovi
    "The reason we see it the old days bad now is that we got smart and realized we were causing harm to others.."

    what makes u think we won't be 'smarter'? if somehow unfortunately that these bans goes thru, i can safely predict that ppl in later generations will simply adapt to these changes and won't find major problems with it. much like we don't see not being able to enslave others being a problem for us. because times have changed and ppl will continue to change. the most important thing is that ppl will adapt, and from history ppl adapts quite easily.

    anon 10:12

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    Comment by alidan
    11:17 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    slavery
    head hunting
    racism
    poverty

    serious shit. to go on, they need to go away

    loli manga
    violent games
    otakus

    creating more of the above 4... seams like we are trying to create problems so real politicians in the feature have shit to fix.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:33 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    since the banning of games and manga, i think head hunting is my new hobby. =)

    Avatar of Neferius
    Comment by Neferius
    21:30 21/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ignorant Troll is being ignored :P
    ...also, your sockpuppet doesn't fool anyone.

    Avatar of alidan
    Comment by alidan
    14:27 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    im taking up breading my slaves in new and interesting combinations, and coming up with new goofy names to call them.

    Avatar of Miriandandes
    Comment by Miriandandes
    12:03 11/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "Hey guys let's make sure our steadily failing economy fails faster!"

    Politics are stupid.

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    Comment by GodMan
    15:39 11/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Heh your avatar has the face of the average politicians today

    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    23:15 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    who's that guy in the pic?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:24 12/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I like how behind him it says "Free press ass of Japan".

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:20 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol he's right in the middle of it :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:08 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    "Games like ‘Grand Theft Auto III’ award points and allow advancement for murdering people"

    Oh no! He must have read my post in the Neptunia thread. I didn't quite mean it that way!

    Some western politicians still bring up DOOM, so I suppose he's not any worse than your typical anti-videogame fanatic. Seriously though, someone should let him know they released a sequel like three years ago. Maybe if he's at home playing games, he won't be out on the street doing criminal acts, like being a politician. :|

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:14 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Actually I think the people who elect a stupid politician are, stupid politian’s don’t elect themself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:38 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    all politician are *insert any insult*, get used to it. it's a matter of lesser evil.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:41 11/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    So literally everything is going to get to banned. I wouldn't doubt Ishihara adding this with his ban. If this keeps up, our kind of entertainment will be on the chopping block for good. Seriously, WTF!? Why aren't there protesters!? Japanese young people need to find who the ***k is supporting these ***holes and boycott the ***k out of them! Something outrageous needs to ***king happen and stop letting these bastards win. Now post that to 2ch, 4ch or Nico Douga or whatever. Something needs to be done now!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:51 11/03/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    they're having a contest between politicans, trying to see who will get shot first.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:54 11/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    People in almost all countries are too submissive and loyal to corrupt governments (America included)

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:25 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I think it may be more like having no real alternative. With all politicians having basically the same views there is little choice. At least that's how it is in Central Europe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:21 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haven't been paying attention to current events there have ya?

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    Comment by TNinja
    20:37 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I played Super Mario, and I started to jump on turtles and mushrooms, and started to destroy castles in order to find a princess. You'll never get me alive!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:50 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    as tempting as it is, it would only advance the ban of violent content even faster.

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    Comment by alidan
    11:19 11/03/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    you can say fuck, asshole, and even cunt if you want on this site, we aren't pussies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:05 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    People in any country, not just Japan, have not the spine to stand up for more than 4 seconds for what they believe in.

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    Comment by Sandalphon
    13:41 11/03/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and half of the Arab world say: "Why, hello there mister Anon"

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:43 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Before or after shooting him?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:22 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    the problem is that there's too few young people and too much older people in todays Japan...

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    Comment by vegeta897
    12:24 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too few politically active young people, you mean.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:53 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They should ban anyone above 70 from living...

    Comment by Anonymous

    They should ban insolence

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    Comment by Kitsune9Tails
    12:06 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    /Why aren't there protesters!?/

    If you need to ask that question, then you don't really understand Japanese culture at all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:17 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Can you explain then? To someone like me it doesn't make any sense.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Japan needs to bring out the ninjas and the samurais and give all those shitty politicians a bad ass whooping!

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    Comment by Ihmhi
    14:53 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Nobody questions things in this country anymore... everybody's too fat and happy. Everybody's got a cell phone that will make pancakes and rub their balls now, ya know? Way too fucking prosperous for our own good. Way too fucking prosperous. Americans have been bought off and silenced by toys and gizmos, and no one learns to question things." -George Carlin

    Substitute "Americans" with "Young People in damn near every industrialized nation", and that explains things pretty well IMO.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:01 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    All good as long as they don't ban mahjong and minesweeper XF

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:28 11/03/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Watch what your saying. The title "minesweeper" alone is enough to make them think that it's dangerous. Add the fact that a lot of old japanese do not really understand english and may confuse this for mine-planter and you get a ban;]







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