Lolicon continue to exert themselves in defiance of government efforts to criminalise their harmless activities, and seem to have had some success, gathering more than 20,000 signatures on the petition which was held over C74, with a great many significant figures in the industry and beyond voicing their support for the efforts. They vow to continue the struggle.
The petition itself is still accepting signatures, and is due to be presented to the Diet, whose reaction should be interesting (Beako-esque theatrics seem unlikely, as it is really not a highly emotive issue in Japan).
As we saw, the Japanese government has recently been tightening censorship laws with a view to bringing Japan into line with western child paradise nations and banning underage sexual depictions.
Part of that effort is a proposed ban on fictional and drawn representations, which would not only spell an end to loli, but also likely to a great deal of other, more mainstream works.
This has been strenuously opposed by otaku and others, with the petition being highly visible evidence of this. Of course, gallant as their efforts may be, as any fool knows it is political contributions which determine the action of politicians, not petitions, however noisy.
Hopefully, the publishers and retailers who stand to lose business from such restrictions will be sensible enough to invest in some support?