Japan Loli Ban Passes: “2D Is Safe, For Now…”


Japan has just criminalised the possession of child pornography, though this time around lawmakers declined to destroy the anime and manga industry by banning their works as well, instead settling only for material featuring real people.

The newly passed law attaches a jail term of not more than 1 year and a fine not exceeding 1 million yen to the newly criminalised offence of the “simple possession” of “indecent images” of minors under the age of 18

Citing fears about something called “freedom of expression,” the new law excludes drawn, animated or computer generated imagery from its scope (although in practice police can apparently arrest anyone involved in creating “indecent” 2D adult material whenever they feel like it anyway).

Once the law comes into effect, a year-long grace period of non-enforcement to allow lolicon to dispose of the offending elements of their collections is expected.

Japan’s fairly rigorously enforced and significantly stricter laws against the production and distribution of child pornography remain unchanged.

Aside from the obvious fears about what Japan’s police could get up to with yet another law to selectively enforce to their own ends, most opposition to the law focused on the potential devastation it could wreak on the nation’s anime, manga and game industries.

The obvious desire of the law’s more enthusiastic promoters to get all suspect 2D material banned under the rubric of being “virtual child abuseor worse and the demand for “research” into the necessity of its censorship which found its way into the actual draft of the law seem to have been struck down as part of the horse-trading necessary to get the bill passed.

Endless moaning about the 2D exemption from the friendly champions of liberty in the land of the free seems likely to continue until the next US government debacle demands fresh distractions – although given how long it took even their LDP pawns to get round to banning simple possession there does not seem to be much danger of further immediate action, least of all with Abe desperate to keep his creative industries onside to participate in the “Cool Japan” program.

The question of where Japan’s various levels of idols – most of whom are at some point involved in various levels of gravure photography even as minors, be they “junior,” “national” or otherwise – stand with respect to the law has also yet to be addressed, though the complete official silence about the matter presumably means the law is far more likely to be used for prosecuting parents whose family albums contain underage nudity than idols whose provocative posing crosses some imaginary line.

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    Avatar of Rya
    Comment by Rya
    00:52 19/06/2014 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Phew, good thing that idol videos of 6 year olds in thongs are not indecent in Japan!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:38 19/06/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Yeah seriously, before they go after anime, they should look at the fact theirs an Junior idol industry that's basically sexualising underaged kids, with their DVDs and Photobooks, this stuff would be illegal in most countries, no one would even buy that crap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:59 21/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I know right worry about real life lolis not fake

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:18 01/12/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Considering how many country have women as whore and slaves because their religion says so, Japan is mild and going in the wrong direction.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:08 19/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    seems not much different from us kid beauty pageants when you think about it, though

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:01 19/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Point being, the law makers should be targeting the Junior idol industry and not anime/manga. The real children should take priority over some drawings.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:30 19/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    @03:23 who said anything about it being normal? i just compared it to beauty pageants. its basically the same shit to me.

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    Comment by kamiru
    07:33 19/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    who would want that? apparently alot of japanese and also non-japanese (who would not admit it because of they would end up in jail.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:36 19/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You ever see a jr idol dvd? It's completely different from kiddie beauty pageants. In jr idol dvds they get these firls to wear semi-transparent bakinis & film in inappropriate angles.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:23 19/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So you think its normal for photobooks of little kids in swimsuits etc and DVDs to be sold? Who would want that?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:26 19/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Lol it's not like they'll get married anyway, It's still pretty bad though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:33 19/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So you think its normal for photobooks of little kids in swimsuits etc and DVDs to be sold? Who would want that?

    No one of course, that is why we have Youtube videos and on 720p-1080p.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:07 19/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @0800 Kiddie paegents are also disgusting in your logic. People only say they are *legal* just to justify their fetishes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:00 20/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you read the article, it specifies that the Law that they passed is not gonna have any effect on Anime/Manga Industries....it's only affecting the Jr. Idol industries, and of course Hentai. But for Regular Anime/Manga, it has no effect.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:00 19/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @07:36 hit the nail on the head.

    I'm perfectly fine with legal age idols, good luck and god speed to each and every Japanese woman who wants to make it big in the country but the Junior idol stuff is disgusting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:29 19/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    If no one bought it, there wouldn't be a market for it.

    And no, all us bloody foreigners should kindly fuck off and let Japan be Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:02 20/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I agree the underage idol industry in Japan is exploitative and should be made illegal, but your idea that anyone guilty of such exploitation should get the life sentence and not even be allowed to see sunlight is draconic and inhumane.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:03 20/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well, I'd agree in some cases, but my point is that in general you appear to be a dangerous fanatic ready to apply maximum punishment with no discrimination.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:51 20/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    why not as someone like saaya irie what she thinks about the whole thing and in what ways her life was effected...? whatever her honest answer is, that's what i think what i would accept about the junior idol industry

    Comment by Anonymous

    Uh, no.

    Children can't protect themselves, so they need adult protection. And, if adults are the ones exploiting children, then there is something seriously wrong with the world.

    Whether it's America, Japan, any country in Europe, China, or Mars, the people who are exploiting children should be locked away, to never see the light of day again. It's that simple.

    Now, I don't really have anything to say about underage anime or manga porn. Obviously, no real children were hurt in the making of such materials, unless someone wants to somehow try and link that this kind of stuff to preparing pedophiles to actually commit crimes. I certainly wont.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:08 19/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    No genitals visible means that it technically isn't porn. YAY!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:22 19/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    It is only porn if sexual acts are commited.
    Nude means it is only erotica, but not porn.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:17 19/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    can i have some source of the "young jp idols"?
    strictly for research purposes ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:31 19/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    c'mon lets not unnecessarily exagerate here.... the closest theyve ever come to that is gravure videos of 11 year old girls in modest swimwear (like saaya irie)... and thats along way off from what you said (unless you want to count that "gravure" of the 4 year old shota that sankaku reported years ago, lol, thats closer age wise at least)

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:02 19/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    it shoudnt even cross anyone's mind that junior idol videos like that are sexual in nature... i cant even except the posibility... funny and adorable maybe but thats all

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:32 19/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Funny that train of thought. Sexualize children, dress them up in age inappropriate clothes, pound them in makeup, make them pose, just akin to models that are designed to appeal in a sexual manner and then say "oh, but it's just to be cute!"

    No wonder girls start to get pregnant earlier and earlier in their lives.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:12 20/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Actually Japan has the lowest teen birth rate in the industrialized world, and teenage pregnancies continue to decrease there. Proably not in any way related to the whole idol video thing though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:10 19/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    personally i hate 3d (as in real)children, can barely not have the 2d ones!!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Sankakucomplex users are stupid bronies looking for gay child pornography and they can suck my proverbial dick
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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:48 20/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i think you're confusing them with members of the clergy

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:43 20/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @anon-00:34 20/06/2014

    you're givin them THE CHANCE!!!

    you dumb fuck!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:17 20/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm a brony, and I find that so wrong in so many account. I only fap to 2D horses! :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:54 20/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @anonbrony-15:17 20/06/2014

    stop givin them THE CHANCE!!!

    you horse fucker!!!

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    Comment by TsuKuYoMi
    01:02 20/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    nice dick does your mom suck it everyday for you?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:46 20/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    straight shotaaaaa <3 mother son incest manga ftw

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    Comment by Vishy

    Even, when you're lucky enough you'll see a glimpse of labia majora exposed. Talking about crazy shit about RL.

    2D is always better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:40 19/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I still want to know who the hell is stupid enough to come up with "virtual child abuse" and think that that will convince anyone of their overall sanity.

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    04:26 19/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Yes, Feminism is about putting men in service of (feminist) women so of course they complain about 2D.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:48 19/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    feminists and elders, they are the ones sick in the head .At least elders have a valid reason being old.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:30 20/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    not everyone is like the grampas from ranma or dragonball, and those like ishihara ban anime /manga cause they cut his books(loli rape) market.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:51 19/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    elders? better not let master roshi know you said that...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:35 19/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)


    Comment by Anonymous
    07:13 19/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Avatar of TsuKuYoMi
    Comment by TsuKuYoMi
    03:02 19/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Still waiting on a Censoring Ban to pass...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:05 19/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    i dont think anyone over there are even asking for one... for some reason i think the hentai industry/community there doesnt even care or maybe even doesnt want the law to change

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    Comment by TsuKuYoMi
    04:05 19/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    which will be the #1 reason they're gonna lose money

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    Comment by TsuKuYoMi
    01:04 20/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    maybe they're afraid that their population will grow

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:08 19/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    its confusing.. maybe theyre just too afraid to contest the stupid old law?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:49 19/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    This is the fault of the USA.
    They who have censure Japan Loli content.
    Anime / Manga Loli is what moves the entertainment industries of Japan today.

    # GoHomeUSA

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:23 20/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Loli the best
    Enjoy its

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:47 20/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    00:23 20/06/2014

    not gonna read that crap

    enjoy your trip to hell

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