Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party is set on passing a bill which would ban all loli material as child pornography, saying it promotes crimes against children.
The law as it stands strictly prohibits making and distributing (photographic) child pornography, but “simple possession” is not criminalised (except in Kyoto, which recently passed its own local ban).
Various legislative efforts to pass national bans on possession of child pornography have in recent years been made, but all have have been abandoned due to the inability of the LDP and DPJ to agree on anything.
The latest effort to pass a ban is encountering difficulties because the LDP (authoritarian mock-capitalists who ran Japan for almost the entire post-war period) and their Komeito stooges (a minority political party controlled and supported by the Soka Gakkai, a Buddhist cult) want to explicitly include anime and manga in the definition of what can constitute “child pornography,” whilst the ruling DPJ (incompetent leftists) opposes this.
The LDP and Komeito both assert that such anime and manga promote victimisation of children and so should be banned, whilst the DPJ oppose any inclusion of 2D material, saying it should be protected on free speech grounds and instead considered culture.
It is the LDP to which arch-manga hater Shintaro Ishihara formerly belonged (he left to form his own party as it was insufficiently crazy for him); his son is in fact the LDP chief secretary (a large proportion of LDP seats are in practice hereditary in nature).
The Democrats have generally been sceptical of efforts to more heavily criminalise child pornography, arguing that such laws would be ripe for abuse by police – a not unreasonable concern considering Japanese police are practically a law unto themselves, and a corrupt and capricious one at that.
There is thought to be almost no chance of the two sides agreeing, and the DPJ still control the Diet – although when the Tokyo manga ban was initially proposed, the Tokyo DPJ initially opposed it, only to decide to support it when a reworded and even more extreme draft was submitted a second time.
2ch possesses an almost schizophrenic blend of crazy right-wingers and lovers of 2D culture (frequently the same people), and so is in some trouble when its most hated party is also its only saviour:
“If the LDP get this past it will be a storm of censorship, no doubt…”
“By all means crack down on the sellers and buyers of that stuff. But crackiing down on people who are just immersed in fantasy is sheer madness.”
“Banning all romantic scenes involving under 18s… Infinite Stratos and so on will be done for in a stroke.”
“All the arguments for these laws are based on pure emotion, not reason.”
“There is absolutely no evidence which suggests manga promotes victimisation of children. On the contrary, it probably has the opposite effect. Do they watch rape ero-anime in South Africa? My only concern is the effect of 2D on people’s interest in real women, and on the birth rate.”
“And with even the panchira censored in recent anime…”
“The LDP is a religion now.”
“The LDP has my vote!”
“The LDP and Komeito are just going to keep on about this. Eventually it’ll pass. And the DPJ will probably be massacred in the next general election.”
“I voted for the DPJ only because of this. But when they get kicked out the next lot will pass it anyway.”
“The touch of religious hysteria which the LDP and Komeito have in relation to this issue is pretty scary.”
“It’s because the cults lurking in the LDP/Komeito’s background will never accept child sexuality, whether real or imagined.”
“The LDP and Komeito are desperate to ban this stuff, they’ll just do it later anyway.”
“This is nothing less than re-establishing our thought police.”
“This is the only reason I support the DPJ!”
“People don’t understand freedom. You may be free to think of this stuff, but you should not be free to publish it to other people. You can’t just say anything to other people.”
“Because it’s fiction we should allow anything? I’m ashamed of Japan…”
“All the foreign countries ban this stuff so why shouldn’t we?”
“If what they are doing is right, why haven’t we got rid of the mosaics in our porn? Just because foreigners do it doesn’t mean it is right. Saying that is a bad habit of the Japanese.”
“Japan’s rape and youth crimes are a twentieth of what they were at the start of the post-war period. Yet AV and ero-manga are more available than ever – strange isn’t it?”
“The censorship crowd just want to eliminate everything they disagree with. They keep attacking on a near permanent basis, it’s troubling.”
“How many people would they falsely arrest if they got this law?”
“The LDP and Komeito are just too dangerous now… and you damn Democrats, you voted for the Tokyo manga ban!”
“The LDP and Komeito don’t give a damn about the children – they just want to take anime away from anime otaku and make them make babies.”
“They’ll push this through and just revise it later to include the 2D stuff.”
“It’s over. The DPJ will be done for next election and this lot will get in and ban everything.”