Tokyo: “We’ll Ban Manga & Anime To Stop Sexism!”


Tokyo’s Ishihara-led government is proposing yet more onerous censorship of manga and anime, this time on the grounds that they are sexist and violate the human rights of the groups (i.e. women and children) being depicted.

From one of the Tokyo government’s latest policy documents, outlining their plans for enforcing a “gender equality” regime on the people of Tokyo:


However, much media information is based on sexual stereotypes and frequently depicts sexual violence towards women and children, and this is one of the prime impediments to gender equality.

According to cabinet surveys, 80% of people now think there are problems with depictions of sex and violence on TV and the Internet.

Freedom of expression should be respected, but it is also necessary to adequately respect the human rights of the people being depicted to not be the subject of unpleasant sexual or violent expression in the public media.

Tokyo recently revised its ordinance for the healthy development of youth, and also established Tokyo’s duty to allow the healthy development of young people by restrictions on their Internet environment and the eradication of child pornography.


Our policy direction:

It is necessary to demand media undertake to voluntarily censor themselves with regard to depictions of sex and violence.

Tokyo must ensure publishers and advertisers do not promote sexual discrimination.

All media must thoroughly uphold moral restrictions [on their publications].

It would appear Tokyo has finally succeeded in combining both right-wing demands for censorship on the grounds of upholding public morals and left-wing demands for censorship on feminist and “human rights” (i.e. those of the people depicted in or exposed to the expression of others) grounds.

Online there is not much surprise – it was long obvious to all but the most deluded apologists that Tokyo’s manga ban was the thin end of the wedge, and that Ishihara and company would simply keep tightening censorship until only rape novels and pornographic videos remain:

“You’re all done for!”

“Is there anything these people don’t want to ban?”

“He can’t get it up any more so all ero is banned, eh?”

“I would think most men in anime are the ones being abused.”

“Do something about him before this spreads over the rest of the country!”

“He’s senile, his policies barely make sense any more.”

“This obsession with equality – yet in practice it always means favouring women.”

“The old farts voted him in. Do something about the people of Tokyo!”

manga-ban-manga“So this means shonen, shoujo, seinen and ladies comics are all going out of print for promoting sexual discrimination.”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:50 26/10/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Okay you know what? This is actually getting funny now. This is the best troll ever Ishihara! Let's see how far you can take it before people snap.

    And Japanese people, how about you stop being internet tough guys and actually stand up for yourselves?

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    Comment by MK 7 DUDE
    07:59 27/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Lol, history class should be:

    Sensei: ...And so kids, only brave japanese to ever stand against tyrant Ishihara was Yamabuki aka to-love-ru's artist. He's the manliest man with steel balls while others watch dicklessly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:09 27/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Comment by Anonymous
    05:47 02/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I am right behind ya buddy

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:20 27/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    majority of japanese people arent anime/games fanatic.. and seeing as how anime has been demonised by the media, and how creepy some otaku acts... majority of people are going to vote for this douche...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:00 31/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    a very real answer

    if you were japanese and had a stranger suddenly talk about anime or manga to you when you clearly have no interest in it, is not an uncommon situation

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:54 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's nowhere near Trollestia

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:57 27/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think he's starting small, Luna-style.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:07 27/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think he's working on it small scale at first, Luna style.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:00 26/10/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    See what happens when your people remain dickless?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Are they changing into western puritans?

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    Comment by Dummy00001

    The condition is actually called being "catholic."

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:52 27/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Protestants are the puritans. Catholics have a lot more sexual freedom.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:44 29/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You got to be kidding....Actually all todays people are puritains when it comes to any form of nudity some has the "malaise" of the rigifying penis and some wants to keep their newgiven image as tough and rigidely serious.

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    Comment by Alexeon
    14:55 28/10/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    At least, Catholic priests do.

    Comment by Anonymous

    So not wearing a condom, and having to give birth every time you conceive is sexual freedom? I think you've got it mixed up.

    But what do I care, I'm an Athiest, and as such, do whatever I damn well want.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    04:14 26/10/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Am I the only one who notice how the OP pic delicately resembles him having a fun and happy time being banged by the dude behind him...?

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    Comment by text123
    15:38 26/10/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Notice he only targets female and child depictions, while leaving out males. He's protecting his precious Yaoi.

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    Comment by Yarodomo
    16:42 16/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol so friggin' true.

    Seriously speaking though, shouldn't he first start with Yaoi? It's depicting men as weak, girly, and extremely submissive, that and the homosexual themes (I have nothing against homosexuality, however since Ishihara is being a total prick, the situation calls for it), and the fact that some of it is hardcore gay porn, and for WOMEN no less is just disturbingly unpleasant.

    Ishihara needs to use some fucking common sense.

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    Comment by alternative kyon
    04:40 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I think I agree with you......

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    Comment by Roy
    10:10 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Shitara looks like Donald Rumesfield in that picture..





    Comment by Anonymous
    20:07 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    We are onto you upsidedowngaybuttsex-hara!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:57 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    09:15 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    02:56 27/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anons 4:57 and 9:15 both deserve this brohoof lol /)(\

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:15 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well he is certainly an asshole person

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:44 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Suprise Butt fun

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:54 28/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, but only because you have an infantile intellect that thinks anyone that stands behind someone else is having buttsecks. Not everyone like the anus like you, pal.

    Comment by Anonymous

    My hope with this guy was a heart attack or aneurysm..
    Parents and schools idem less careful about sex
    It is very easy to point the blame to someone and play dead

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:37 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i does agree in a way curse people to death is bad but
    i do wanted to see him find himself with lot of
    red card call!!
    NO job lose job No money
    who pay Ishihara ~.~

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    Comment by Vulcan300
    03:50 26/10/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    So now there will be more vanilla?

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    04:53 26/10/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Anime and manga is already much more tolerant towards women and kids than the actual Japanese society (I mean, take the example of Madoka's dad Tomohisa which was a house-husband while his wife was a manager.)

    The actual sexual discrimination on Japanese media is about 99% of their porn, which is pretty much based on peeing, shitting, cuming on women and publicly humiliating them in sexual ways.

    Of course, one might ask then, what made Ishihara change his position so much, considering stories like these was his specialty when he was younger.

    I think one of the journalists should man up and ask him just that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:53 26/10/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Japanese? Manning up and questioning any authority figure? Please tell me what timeline you come from, because I want to join you there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:16 26/10/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    >Japanese journalists
    Actually the situation is even worse. Japanese journalists get a lot of their news in the form of press releases, provided to them by the press office of the organisations / companies they're writing about. It may seem swell that you often get a lot of inside contacts and such, but write an overly critical article and you're cut off, and all organisations will close their doors to you. And that's the end of your career.
    Japanese journalists aren't journalists - they're press release editors and embellishers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:39 26/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The problem is that unlike their Western colleagues, Japanese journalists see themselfes more as chronologists rather than critics

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    07:19 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @anon 06:39 The thing is, whether such question would be regarded as one of chronological or critical nature would depend on the answer to it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:43 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I could be mistaken, but didn't someone ask him that already? His answer was something like, "I was wrong," referring to his younger self...

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    Comment by Sylar
    09:39 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Such questions require a free thinker. Japanese are like ants they just go with the group they ain't free thinkers.
    This helps them build great staff and be very organized but boy do the seem soulless. They are like god damn puppets.

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    Comment by yaku
    08:49 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'm a woman and I say SCREW YOU ISHITHARA (and not in the nice, naughty way)! Stop using us women and kids as an excuse for your vile intolerance and discrimination, you make me sick to the stomach! I'll enjoy my hardcore porn and vanilla goodness in both 2D and 3D, thank you very much!

    And my god, the Japanese anime industry needs to grow a pair FAST

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:39 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    He's talking about the innocent non corrupted female.. not the already established otaku who has corrupted DNA... let alone a hairy 800 pd greasy foreign otaku woman.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:05 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Innocent non-corrupted women wouldn't touch you with a fucking ten foot pole so stop trying to impress them white knight faggot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:39 27/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ugh. Yaku reeks of trying to hard, like one of those girls who tries to earn respect for all the wrong reasons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:14 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    you? a girl? HAHHAHAHHAHHA dude stop pretending to be a hot anime girl

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    Comment by yaku
    14:55 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    You never been with a woman, have you? :D

    @11:14: I don't make it a secret, and I never pretend to be a hot anime girl. In fact, I use Mugi as my avatar because I love her :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:18 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    So what if yaku is foreign, don't you guys get anime shown on tv? I sure do. Our countries still support their industry, however little it maybe, but nevertheless she can still have a say as a viewer don't you think.

    Yes, im a white knight and proud.

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    Comment by yaku
    11:25 27/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    You can think that if you wish, but I don't see any reason to hide what I am and not express my opinion, even if it's in a place where your word can be and is easily doubted as the internet.

    Also, I'm not the one hiding behind the anon name (I'd respect what you say a lot more if you had the guts to do otherwise)

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:59 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is just about TV anyways, meand it all could still be sold on DVD and blueray if his bann would EVER have full success.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:24 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I will close my eyes very tightly to rapidly visualize a fresh rape novel in my mind!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:06 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The following year, the members of Japanese Self-Defense Forces stage a coup in Tokyo and draft up a new Bill or Rights which includes the right to bear arms and Freedom of Speech.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:37 27/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No use asking because he is senile and can't remember.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 26/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I wouldn't mind that, after all, it's nice to see something that isn't rape.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:35 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It'd probably help if you stop looking at rape stuff.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:10 27/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Not really, I think that may be somewhat of a myth. There's plenty out there that's not. Manga, anime, AV, believe me, I look a lot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:43 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's hard to find something that ISN'T rape.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:21 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Vanilla isn't bad. But you get bored from doing the same thing over and over again. S&M and such should not be done all the time, becaouse it will get boring.

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    Comment by Ethan
    07:25 26/10/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    On many manga sites "vanilla" refers to consensual sex. Kind of odd that Japan would need to come up with a genre because consent and genuine enjoyment is so rare.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:15 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)


    consent/boring(in ishihara's eyes)::vanilla

    rape::chocolate ...

    so ishihara wants to get raped by a black dood?

    Comment by Anonymous

    IIRC "vanilla" is not a term made by Japanese people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:16 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    14:13 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know eh? Lately most of the sexist cases I've seen are involving men being treated like sex deviants for talking to girls younger than them.

    Banning feminist groups might even be a better solution. I don't see them contributing much to the society. They already got what they wanted, stop asking for more.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:43 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What is vanilla?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:47 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    It's a spice. Don't mix with sugar and everything nice and chemical "X" if giant monster attacks every week are not your thing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:52 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Vanilla: consensual averege sex.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:55 28/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Your Name

    "Stop sexism?" they say, so we will get more yaoi now? more traps? sweet.

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    04:35 26/10/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Not exactly, keep in mind this old fart is a homophobe.

    *Him being a closet homo is yet to be confirmed though...

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    Comment by yaku
    08:32 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's just a matter of time for the breaking news of finding him with a hot tanned cabin boy to pop up.

    Comment by Anonymous

    and I'm pretty sure the comment above you are called 'sarcasm'

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    Comment by Your Name

    I like that, but mine was a joke, not a statement, thought it was obvious, people of the internetz... oh dear.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:02 26/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.5)

    Nope, no yaoi or traps. He's making it seem as though he's favoring women to get their favor, but in the end he aims to piss everyone off.

    I have no problem with yaoi or shonen-ai or traps, because I think everyone's fetishes should be fairly represented. I'm not going to bitch whenever I see yaoi because I don't need to prove anything to anyone by doing so, and because I know tons of girls like it.

    But Ishihara is also against any gay sex, which he deems as "harmful." So some of the stuff girls like is out the window too.

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    Comment by yaku
    08:35 26/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Anon, wanna hang out? :D

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    Comment by Your Name
    11:11 26/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sarcasm fail? more like your reading is a failure.

    Comment by Anonymous

    sarcasm fail

    and in other news pedobear was arrested in Brazil for saleing his ipod to a loli

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    Comment by Your Name

    I think you miss the point of my comment.

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