Cops Arrest Comic Megastore CEO & Editors

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Police have arrested 3 editors and the CEO of Core Magazine over the May issue of Comic Megastore, all on charges of distributing obscene material.

The 55-year-old director of Core Magazine and 3 of his editors-in-chief have now been arrested for illegally publishing obscene material, based on the 60,000 copies of the May issues of Comic Megastore and Toukou Nyan 2 Club sold.

According to the public safety division of the Tokyo police their CEO denies the charges, saying “we did lessen the mosaics as sales decreased when they where made thicker, but we ensured it was not enough to be considered obscene.”

Police have apparently previously rebuked the company for 18 incidences of “obscene” imagery in its many publications during the 2003-2011 period, but after amateurishly raiding their offices earlier in the year and allegedly making comments which suggested they viewed the company as a potential revenue source they have finally filed formal charges and made arrests.

Japanese law on what is considered “obscene” is largely ambiguous and so determinations of what constitutes illegal obscenity is largely left to the arbitrary whims of police – the main defence of the adult industry being the various quasi-governmental bodies it pays to say its mosaics are thick enough, and who perhaps not coincidentally employ plenty of retiring police officials.

Why Core Magazine was singled out for a shakedown when the it is business as usual for the rest of Japan’s vast and notionally illegal porn, brothel and pachinko industries – all of whom are known for paying a variety of thinly disguised tithes to police – is not known, but previous speculation centred on point-scoring prosecutors, or else naked extortion, as the likeliest explanation.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:43 27/07/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Japanese censorship laws are so ridiculously bad it's actually kind of funny. For example, in manga, you need to put bars over the head of a penis, as well as over an open vagina, but if you fill said vagina with a penis, you can avoid having to censor both (COMIC LO does this all the time). You can also, "censor", a vagina by filling it with semen, or, "censor", a penis by sticking it in a girl's mouth. Brilliant.

    It's a shame that laws this vague and unnecessary hold any kind of legal authority.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:00 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Well at least it ain't no blanket ban on porn (seriously ALL porn) that's soon to be here in the UK. Hell even ISP's come out and said it ain't just porn they're planning on censoring. Y'know what's ironic? They'll be using controversial Huawei to censor...and they want to outlaw encryption. Can't believe I'm going to say this, but our state is trying to be more China than China. Bloody governments with China Envy.

    Our laws are so broad and vague in "obscenity" as is. Only expected to get much worse this year.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:27 28/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    In Canada, obscenity laws can be applied to, "any publication a dominant characteristic of which is the undue exploitation of sex". You'd be pretty hard-pressed to find an example of pornography that doesn't involve the, "undue exploitation of sex".

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:21 28/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    >>ban porn

    i dont remember china banning porn.
    it's like more islam thing than comunist thing.

    >>outlaw encryption
    hackers would love it.

    it's ironic happening it where equality, liberty, and fraternity has born.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:56 29/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually China pseudo banned porn. But everyone just bypasses the filters, gets around it one way or another and it's pretty much never enforced.

    If it does get through though, UK has pretty much become close to N.Korea MKII. I mean seriously? The porn ban includes blocking of alcohol, drugs, suicideand even web forums (WTF?!).

    What the hell happened this deacade?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:46 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I expect Japanese ero-manga censorship regulations must be deregulated by Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) recently Japanese government decided taking part in negotiation :-)

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:47 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    In turn, you can kiss your loli porn goodbye, because according to Western standards, they promote child sexual abuse.

    Not that it affects me though, because I like my women grown up with a little adipose tissue here and there. haha

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:02 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Wouldn't surprize me if they claim that these women resembles baby fat and ban it too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:59 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not from the US, but I know that laws are different in each state. Lolicon might be legal in some states, but in most it's not.
    I remember a case where someone imported "Kodomo no Jikan" and getting arrested.
    If officials check your imports or get a look at your HDDs/downloads, you get into deep shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:25 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, we won't have to 'kiss our loli porn goodbye' because it is LEGAL in the United States unless you have a prior sexual conviction that has you on the sex offender lists.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:12 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are you really trying to bring up the TPP as a positive? That agreement that threatens to introduce MORE internet monitoring and censorship?

    Though I guess you won't have to worry about mosaics on Japanese porn if you can't access it.

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    Comment by Indra EMC
    19:46 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    But those kind of censorship only available on certain areas, since some areas are more strict, others are loose.

    that's how japan's law system.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:10 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The mosaics were there

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    Comment by Pyrus
    09:09 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, your description of some of the laws doesn't sound all that vague if you think about it a little. What you described sounds like they're saying it's okay to show a penis, just not a whole penis; or show a vagina, just not a whole vagina. It could be that the basic rule is that you can show what you want, but leave a little to the imagination.

    But of course what happens is that the producers of porn try to leave as little to the imagination as possible to get as many customers as possible. That leaves them open to predation from the police, public officials, over protective/prudish parents and other people who wish sexual knowledge of any kind could only materialize & exist in the minds of married people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:18 27/07/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Japan is now becoming a Gestapo nation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:59 27/07/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The gestapo had very distinct rules who they were arresting and why, also were they not very bribable.

    So japan is more likely to turn into a mob (as in mafia) country

    Comment by Char
    07:30 27/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    It reminds of of the police in Chicago during the 1920 and 1930s.

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    Comment by Octopi
    14:50 27/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    yakuza police!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:59 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    German police during hitler was not limited to the legal law. They could arrest you without a law. If they didn't like you during hitlers rule they arrested you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:02 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Gestapo enforced 2 largely enforced 2 specific laws. The law of 'Rassenreinheitsgebote' (race purity/segregation) and 'Schutz des deutschen Staates' (Protection of the german state).
    Both had a meticulous catalogue of procedures which were methodically and rigidly enforced. Many of them were garbage scientifically or morally from todays standpoint but that is beside the point.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:51 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just what we need. A internet guy telling stories he/she/it wasn't alive at the time regurgitating what other's have told 'em to believe. Victors write the history. <-

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:16 28/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just what we need, another internet guy/girl discounting information without any knowledge of the subject material besides what others have told him/her.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:21 28/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Wouldn't be surprised if even the Gestapo didn't give a shit whether you fapped to porn or not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:29 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They still look back fondly to their alliance with the nazis.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:05 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    i had a silent unwritten peace treaty with nazi's. probably still have if someone hasnt changed their minds.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:13 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    she CANNOT close her eyes during a kiss.

    Comment by Anonymous

    It's like Apartheid South Africa.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:39 28/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I do not think that word means what you think it means.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:04 27/07/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Cops in many countries are just another gang you pay racketeering fees too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:19 28/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Yeah, and they only bully groups that won't obviously fight back.

    Avatar of cuppatea@yahoo.co.jp
    09:45 27/07/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Old joke:

    Why did the sheriff bust the people running a meth lab?

    He didn't want the competition.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    06:24 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    They should put all you people together in a big city, with NO cops.

    See how you like what happens.

    Comment by Char
    07:32 27/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Well after several weeks of chaos they'll probably organize their own police force like in the old west days.
    Ironically these old west style vigilante cops may be less crooked then the Japanese police in that they will only bother those who cause trouble.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:38 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    detroit

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:47 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    atomic kaaapaaaaaa

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:39 28/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Atomic hit the nail on the head. Once towns started getting larger, volunteer forces were made. Since they actually had a stake in the city and gave a shit, they would be less prone to corruption.

    Comment by Anonymous

    lol... cops do exist in Russia. Never seen how they take away those retarded FEMEN? If you say something against Russia, Putin, or the politics they fuck your life :D

    Life without cops? Possible! People grow up in a civilized society with rules and taboos. Even if you suddenly abandon the law and take away the police, people won't just go around and rape/kill/eat/beat up others, or start stealing others belongings lol
    Sure there are exceptions, some shit will happen, but most people will still live like usual.
    It's another matter when "the inevitable end of the world" is announced or a zombie apocalypse gets real. Then, mass panic and anarchy are let loose.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I believe that place already exists; it's called russia. a land where the prisons are extreme, the cops are nonexistent and they video tape everything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:15 27/07/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I feel sick. I feel like the other of the Ero-manga industries are going to make magazines more censored then they are was before.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:30 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    RIP Comic Megastore and Toukou Nyan 2 Club ;_;

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    Comment by Miroku74
    05:44 27/07/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    So it seems like either the Japanese police are recruiting from Yakuza or they've actually been taken over by the Yakuza.

    -Arbitrary laws about illegal pornographic materials? Check.
    -Shakedowns for protection money so they don't get persecuted/prosecuted? Double check.

    Any other points I might've missed? Maybe. Still doesn't mean this doesn't stink to high heaven.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:05 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Polices are just under-covered Yakuzas...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:23 28/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reminds me about how I heard that Australian cops have been infiltrated by drug dealing bike gangs. Law enforcement has always been a joke.

    Comment by Char
    07:25 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They have been part of the Yakuza for some time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:01 27/07/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I still don't get what's wrong about selling porn to adults.
    With all the mozaics in 2D and 3D porns, no wonder their men turns into herbivors.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:45 27/07/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They forgot to pay the yakuza backed task force their bribe money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:17 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    basically this. The mosaic wasn't too little, the bribe was.

    Comment by Char
    07:29 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    When someone grows up in a censorship society they can become something far worse then a herbivore they become a spineless cunt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:21 28/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because they want everyone going to real people for their pr0n, but at the same time they don't want to reduce the huge profits they receive from people attempting real-life relationships.

    Avatar of Ore wa seitei Souther!! Nanto rokusei no teiho![Takemaru]
    17:58 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The law was created before way the world war, I think they left it intact, so the police can sack the porn-industry on a whim.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:46 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, who cares about censor anyway ? it's not like it's good for kids anyway after the mosaic -_-

    Comment by Anonymous

    Okasan, what are these men doing with the girl?
    -They are... playing a game.. no, doing gymnastics!
    Okasan, why are they naked and?
    -Their clothes are being washed and they don't want sweat to get on the fresh clothing.
    Okasan, what are those weird markings down there? I don't have them, is that bad?
    -Don't worry. That's only there because it's too dirty and obscene for kids to see.
    Okasan, why is that girl crying and wants them to stop?
    -She got dirt into her eyes... and she wants it to stop hurting.
    Okasan, why is there blood?
    -She cut her finger on paper.
    Okasan, there is no paper... but what is that white stuff?
    -Whipped cream, but the sour one... Now don't ask any more questions, it's embarrassing...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:32 27/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They should just move overseas and send the comics by mail. When their porn money start leaking to other countries they will change the laws.






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