Shonen Jump Blasts Loli Ban: “Don’t Kill Manga!”

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Shonen Jump has finally made a public condemnation of the ongoing efforts of Japanese politicians to “destroy Japanese manga” with their obsessive attempts to brand it child pornography.

The latest edition of Shonen Jump (2014-#3) contains an editorial in which the magazine emphatically states its opposition to recent efforts to get 2D material subject to new laws against child pornography:

1. The law’s insistence on a 3 year “study to determine the harm manga and anime do to children and whether it should be subject to restrictions”

This law should be about protecting actual children from harm. Instead it starts with the dubious presumption that manga and animation can trigger sexual abuse of minors, which has never even been demonstrated.

How is it even possible to consider researching how to censor this material when no factual or objective data about this supposed relationship with sexual abuse even exists in the first place?

Japan’s anime and manga culture is important content which underpins “Cool Japan.”

Because of freedom of expression, Japanese culture has developed into something it can be proud – a law like this would kill that culture, so we oppose it.

2. The criminalisation of “simple possession”

The present definition of “child pornography is exceptionally vague and ambiguous. If it were put into the law, far from protecting the rights of children it would do great harm to all.

People possessing photographs of their own children in swimwear or unknowingly being sent material may become victims of the law.

It is very likely the new law will give rise to many false charges.

These are some of the reasons we oppose the new child porn bill, and readers and writers alike should join hands in opposing it.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    14:00 17/12/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They're being True to themselves! I agree they have a voice and so do Wii! I mean we! To hell with the loli ban!

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    Comment by Anonymous
    17:06 17/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wii are behind you, 100%.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    06:08 20/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Excel!

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    Comment by Atom
    18:49 21/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    -sior!

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    18:32 17/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    so, how exactly do we voice our voice? we are not Japanese and i bet they could care less on what Gaijin thinks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:22 18/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You do know that most of the pressure comes from the international side like the UN and US right?

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    Comment by Siveria
    14:14 19/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where I live its illegial to poesess Loli pictures whether its anime or not. Apparently some people have already been arressted for it. Its kind of stupid imo to make a law that can effect art like that. I mean its just a cartoon, I don't see the harm considering its not a real person and no real person was used or harmed in its production. To be honest if there was stuff like Loli manga here in canada or in the USA, it would probally sell very well. As much as people would try to deny it would, we all know tons of people would buy it, Probally mostly from sites like amazon and such. I mean how many people these days honestly got the balls to walk into a store and buy porn? probally not many. In the olden days and such, there was 13-14 yr old wives, and no one really had problems with it at the time.

    Insted of wasting taxpayer money on trying to stop anime art pictures of underage people from being sold/distrubuted, maybe they should instead focus on real crimes, like drug dealers, people who harm real kids etc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:33 17/12/2013 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Nice try pedo, you should go to a shrink or even better turn yourself to the police

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:33 17/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    1/10 low quality bait.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:56 17/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Or run for Tokyo major.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:26 20/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tokyo Major just resign in suspicion of taking brie. Halleluj
    ah.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I mean bribe. Hallelujah.

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    05:25 18/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pedo is an offensive and disparaging word, we prefer lolicon!

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    Comment by Atom
    18:50 21/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Semantics is the difference, bitch.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:01 18/12/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    whats the difference, its still pedophilia.

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    Comment by Didier
    21:16 17/12/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    If you ban loli manga then you have to ban movies with any kind of violence cos they could turn you into a serial killer

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:13 18/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    ichi the killer made me kill your family's family. true story.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:53 18/12/2013 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    FUCK OFF LOSER PEDO!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:32 18/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I see the movies have turned you into an angry turd already. Guess we should ban them. You don't deserve to have exciting things.

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    Comment by Anonynonymous
    15:15 17/12/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    About damn time they grow some backbone.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    22:11 17/12/2013 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    stop watching cartoon and learn how to spell dude

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:55 18/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Learn how to spell dude? That would be D-U-D-E. Or did you mean "learn how to spell, dude"? Perhaps you should learn how to punctuate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:34 18/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also, it is incorrect to use the singular of cartoon here. Is he watching just one cartoon? You should be saying "stop watching cartoons".

    Comment by Anonymous

    It means "respect" in Indonesian language. WTH is wrong with that?

    Stop trolling and learn to not being an ass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:32 17/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Try as they might, these might only fall onto blind eyes and deaf ears.

    Or should I saw, the politicians taking advantage from implementation of that law do understand what Jump is saying, but they're not gonna give a fuck even if it is for public interest, because it's not within THEIR OWN. It's a futile battle that will end with either Jump getting a search warrant or made to compromise some other way, with blackmails of course.

    It's not like in the United States where gun owners actively play their part in politics and has an entire organization dedicated to it to make sure that their hobbies and rights are protected. If the younger Japs can't be assed to even go out and vote against the politicians they don't like, you can't expect them to grow balls and fight this legislation even if their fucking lives depend on it. Within their own society, bending their ass over and letting the upper social castes fuck them until they cum blood is a whole lot better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:00 17/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    well, in america too they are making sure to decrease weapons accesibility

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:54 17/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    actually, in the past year most american gun laws have loosened restrictions, not tightened them.

    source: [http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/12/10/us/state-gun-laws-enacted-in-the-year-since-newtown.html?_r=1&]http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/12/10/us/state-gun-laws-enacted-in-the-year-since-newtown.html?_r=1&

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    Comment by kajunbowser
    21:25 17/12/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Why am I not surprised to see a gun-grabber here. Trying to ban 'x' guns is about the same as wanting to ban non-real lolis and all types of abortion. Fuck off slaver.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:39 18/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    That made absolutely no sense.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:04 18/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They are killing an industry that supported their economy for decades. Politician noobs has no idea how to run a country

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:52 17/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Considering japan has so many good different kind of artists, it's weird to see politicians go after them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:22 17/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    fuck the regulation.. i don't need any regulation and rule.. no more restriction!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:53 17/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    For free speech and alternative views

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:06 18/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Way to go Japan!

    You don't want to be like the retarded British, do you?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:31 18/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The saying, "Guns don't kill, only people do." Perhaps the applies metaphorically here, too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:21 18/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    > Freedom of expression
    Wait, is that codified in Japanese law? Because I recall it is not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:48 18/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why does it need to be codified in Japanese law? Why can't they fight for freedom of expression anyway?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:18 18/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    although I totally agree with this, I have to say that the superiour sexual imagination of the Japanese people stems from censorship. Without the restrictions imposed on the depiction of genitalia nd pubic hair, we would´nt have stuff like Loli, Bukkake or tentacles, or the focus on aesthetics and story present in Japanese porn.
    By contrast, the relative freedom in American porn has lead to the stifling of creativity.
    The Japanese, because of censorship, had to work hard to make something sexy and couldn´t simply rely on primitive animal instinct.
    That being said, I´m glad that Jump has stepped up to defend this part of Japanese culture from moronic conservatives and fanatics.

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    Comment by no
    07:01 18/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I LIKE LOLIS BECAUSE I WAS BORN A LOLICON. if loli manga didn't exist, raepd lolis would be a thosand times more prominent

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    Comment by Nunya Bidness
    05:10 18/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Expect Shonen Jump to lose quite a bit in revenue, because when parents catch wind, I'm betting most issues to be ignored like the plague...

    Still rooting for these guys, though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:13 18/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's about time someone had the guts to protest in Japan, I really thought all the otaku and general anime/manga fans were just gonna take it all lying down. Still a long way from signs and chants in the street as they should be doing, though. I'm not a loli fan, but I believe that the implications of the ban would effect us all.

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    Comment by ntbxp
    02:41 20/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe they're doing it because it makes possible to rape an Corporate personhood... I know it's impossible but maybe they don't think like this.

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    Comment by gamamew
    15:14 19/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Usually who propose stupid laws like that are people who cannot distinguish between imaginary things and reality (people who believe in the existence of imaginary friends, religious ones).
    I know I'm not enough mature or maybe too immature in many aspects of myself, but at least I'm fully mature in the capacity of distinguishing the reality from the fantasy (at least more than the 85% of the world population).
    A drawing of a loli is not a picture of a real children, simple as that.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    07:20 12/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    So if the laws passed now, someone with a picture of their family on holiday at the beach could be sent to jail? That's pretty messed up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:20 23/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Saying lolicons aren't pedophiles is like saying that loving yaoi isn't gay.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:32 26/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    More like saying furries aren't into beastiality.





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