Police Investigate AKB48 Child Porn: “The Boy Was White!”

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Police are investigating the possibility of arresting those involved with AKB48 idol Tomomi Kasai’s recent child breast fondling photo shoot scandal for child pornography offences, because the boy touching her breasts “looked European.”

According to media reports, the child welfare division of the Tokyo police force has been questioning editorial staff with Kodansha in relation to possible child pornography or child abuse offences connected to their recent withdrawal of a highly controversial photograph.

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The photo, which supposedly depicts a “foreign child” covering Kasai’s breasts with his hands, was withdrawn along with the rest of the magazine before it reached distributors, but this did not stop it being leaked and used to fuel a series of accusations of child pornography against the parties involved.

Police are said to be investigating whether this non-publication of the offending image warrants charges of distributing child pornography, an unsurprisingly serious if at times narrowly defined offence under Japanese law (and an interesting one considering the photograph was subsequently widely reproduced online and in newspapers without censure).

Child pornography charges would rest upon courts finding the images “incite lust,” and would attract a maximum sentence of 5 years, as would charges of child prostitution, another possible offence.

Police say the fact that the boy pictured appears to be white is the driving force behind the investigation: “we have taken into account that a boy of European descent was used, as punishments for child pornography offences there are more severe than in Japan and it may become an international issue” – apparently indicating it would have been acceptable to use a mere Asian child.

When the photo first surfaced, many were quick to point out that if the genders were reversed and Kasai were a man having a little girl touch her, she would likely face rapid arrest and public ruin – although others have pointed out that images of women breast-feeding young boys (such as Time’s famous cover, or even a scene in top US fantasy drama Game of Thrones) enjoy sacrosanct status even in the US.

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Still others doubt the image is anything more than a crude Photoshop in any case – although whether any of this will help Kodansha and AKB48 is another matter.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    15:02 18/01/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    So if it was an asian kid it would be fine?

    Comment by Black Mage
    15:42 18/01/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    So it's ok to take advantage of an asian shota but not a white one?

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    Comment by Isami Jash
    17:04 18/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Based on the way of the logic, I'd say the answer to that is yes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:42 18/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.9)

    If the kid was black, you'd arrest him.

    lolololol

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    Comment by Nick R
    09:44 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, the kid touched her breasts...

    Now he's permanently damaged for later life, doomed to spend his years fantasizing about female breasts. [And this is a new thing for Japan?]

    Maybe I'd feel just a little different if it were him photographed while fingering her wet-lower regions.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:17 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    lmao good one dude

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:09 22/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ginger and Japanese, but not carrying a Zanpakutō. That kid is destined to be bullied :/ (unless he ends up tall and can actually fight)

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:24 18/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    19:42, you made my day.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:40 18/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's obviously not a white boy. Look at his eyes and nose, clearly of far eastern decent.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:01 18/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    How about a black one?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:06 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They never heard about hair bleach as it seems...

    Comment by Anonymous

    damn kids got chinky eyes. fuck off nips with your disgusting false allegations of western reverse paedophiles ! It's only fucking asian kids that have the depravity enough to molest and innocent woman like that !

    I re-iterate. LOOK AT HIS DAMN SOULLESS CHINK EYES !

    Comment by Anonymous

    If kid was black, it'd be National Geographic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:57 18/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    A cat is fine too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:26 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'll keep that in mind when I visit. Molest Asians (legal), not Europeans (illegal).

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:32 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's cause western nations know that Japan is lacking when it comes to child porn laws. So in order to save face on the international stage, and come off as more appealing to western nations, they'll go with this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:02 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    they will even be fine if they just say the kid is american or australian.... anything but European

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    Comment by Nick R
    09:46 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    -.- This world is expected to accept Gays... it'll soon learn to accept this too. Just wait.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:58 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I support gay marriage. Let them suffer like the straight do.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:19 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guys it's going to be awhile before sex with underage girls is legal and common, certainly all of us will be too old to get it up or dead. Better hope for reincarnation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:33 21/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @21:19 Reincarnation, as an underage girl. That must be fun, right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:41 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @00:51 Yes, because two adults having consensual relations is the same thing as molesting children. Idiot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:35 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon 00:51 You dont hear gay jokes often do you...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:51 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck Gay marriages I hate how the west is pushing to accept this shit but when it comes to loli manga they act like it's the end of the world

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:03 18/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think they're just looking for someone to blame for the scandal.

    "It's not our kid, it's Europe's fault!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:16 18/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they want to apply european law they should try to gtfo becuase noone would give a fuck here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:07 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    On the other hand if it were European laws, she would not have hands covering her. :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:53 18/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Come on, put them into jail.
    I'm saying this because a man would be put in jail if he petted a little girl's head, not to meantion what would happen if he made her fondle his...things.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:58 18/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah...hahahaha

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:20 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    And a schoolteacher would still be teaching if he put his "head" into a little girl's bottom.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Children are biologically meant to be in contact with mammaries. Playing the gender swap comparison is shock value and nothing at all like a double standard.

    The correct societal norm comparison is: what if it was a little girl, and not a little boy, touching the bewbies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:16 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    She is not the boy's mother.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:03 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    To anon 06:43. Many women want large breasts, or like that they have it because they think it is sexy, more womanly, and it will make them more feminin. So yeah. Women look at it as sexual objects too. Just like the mans penis.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:43 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    So what?
    Who made boobies a sex object to begin with?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:44 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not at the age the kid has.

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    Comment by Riiku
    21:03 18/01/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Have you heard of an actualy case of putting someone into jail for petting head? Stop believing this Sancom nonsense, you brainwashed stupid freak

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:41 18/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    What is sarcasm?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:01 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    sarcasm is sarcasm, ne. :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:22 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I really do hate artefact/whoever the fuck it is posting stupid shit like that. If guys are getting jailed for looking at 10 yr old girls then the world is fucked.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:00 18/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Brainwashed freak by someone with a stupid KAWAIIIIII cat face who is also registered on this website? Come on.

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    Comment by Myballz
    05:28 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are they saying he looks white enough for Japanese women to adopt or moleste?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:07 18/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    thats my boy, neko-bou

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:06 18/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    >not sure if retarded or just foreigner

    think other 'head', idiot

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:18 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lack of prosecutable offenses does not equate lack of reasons or means to harass someone. Some people are just looking for an excuse to have a witch hunt. It makes one wonder if they even care for their cause or if they just get a hard-on for destroying lives.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:18 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Riku:
    In Japan, where simply entering the field of vision of a woman, JK or JS is enough to get a man questioned by police and possibly arrested if he isn't handsome or wealthy enough to make that woman moist?

    If their genders were reversed -- if a man was having his modesty preserved by the hands of a grade-school girl -- everybody even tangentially involved would have been arrested by now, including the clerk that sold the camera to the photographer and the guy at the factory who put the QA approval mark on the camera.

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    Comment by vegeta897
    15:26 18/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    "Police say the fact that the boy pictured appears to be white is the driving force behind the investigation: “we have taken into account that a boy of European descent was used, as punishments for child pornography offences there are more severe than in Japan and it may become an international issue” – apparently indicating it would have been acceptable to use a mere Asian child."

    How is that quote indicating that? The quote clearly says that the issue may be more serious IF european laws are involved, because their punishments for this kind of thing are harsher. Keyword harsher. As in, it would be worse than it already is. That does not indicate that if it wasn't worse than it already is, it would be fine.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:33 18/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Sankaku fanning racism again.

    The police aren't investigating because the kid was white and therefore some "dirty foreigner", it's because of legal issues concerning Europeans thus they're obliged to look into it to see if anything is amiss by European child porn standards (which are much more conservative).

    Writer needs to get his facts straight.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:08 18/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Oh please, everyone knows Japanese males rage the second a gaijin eats one of their peaches.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:21 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    But it's the peach's fault.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:05 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except they're suing the producers, not the gaijin kid.

    See where the logic is going?

    Comment by Taylor
    03:59 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    In my experience, Japanese in general view themselves as a supreme race. Asians living in non asian countries tend to be this way also. But anyway this kids life has been ruined by a porn star. Wouldn't it be tough to get a regular 'respectable' Japanese job now for him in this background check world? If he is foreign did they choose a foreigner intentionally so they would not sacrifice the future of one of their own precious Japanese?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:27 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's correct. Even if legal in Japan, children of foreign residents still enjoy the benefit of child protection laws of their parent's country of origin. It would be prudent to investigate, if only to avoid any diplomatic tensions later on.

    Still sounds like an excuse to justify suddenly springing into action through. It's a typical response to avoid unwanted media criticism. *sigh*

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:06 18/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    In any case, nowhere in Europe would prosecute such a case. A boy with his hands on breasts, so what? How is it child porn when you only see the child's head and hands, and he isn't doing anything sexual?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:54 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It can be viewed that he is groping her breast which is sexual

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:06 21/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm european, and I see nothing sexual in the photo.

    Sure, there are some people here that would sue a cheese producer for advertising a breast-shaped cheese with a breast ad... on the other hand, they lost their case in court, so I wouldn't be so sure about this photo being seen as "sexual" in a court of law either.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:23 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    While I do agree with you a woman's boobs are still a sexual area that's where the controversy comes in.
    I'm not a girl so I cant confirm but I think a girl can get "sexual aroused" from having her breast touched.
    Hopefully someone might be able to confirm this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:11 22/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I confirm that no-one in Europe would see something sexual in it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:13 22/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I mean the photo

    Comment by Anonymous

    as far as we know maybe his pecker is between her ass cheeks :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:44 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thanks for proving the "incite lust" question. :p

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:55 18/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "boy of European descent was used, as punishments for child pornography offences there are more severe than in Japan and it may become an international issue"

    >harsher anti-child porn laws outside of japan
    >more lenient anti-child porn laws in Japan
    >if the kid's european, european laws will be used against all people involved
    Therefore it's more acceptable to use asian kid than an european one.

    Good enough for you?

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    Comment by vegeta897
    17:22 18/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Further, the quote cited didn't even talk about how acceptable anything was. It simply said that if international laws got involved, it would be worse. Which is plainly true, for the reason given in the quote itself. The article is clearly trying to make it sound silly (which is a staple of Sankaku articles, and I say this with affection) by creating a false implication.

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    Comment by vegeta897
    17:16 18/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    _More_ acceptable, yes. What I quoted did not say 'more' acceptable. There's a difference between the two. I'm not just being pedantic here. Take this example:

    Jumping out of a second floor window is safer than jumping from the fifth floor, but that doesn't make it safe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:01 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hm, guess you're right.







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