Minori: “We’re Banning You For Your Own Good!”


The recent decision by Japanese eroge studio Minori to close off its site to the outside world under the pretense of “defending our culture” has been clarified with a fuller explanation, which can be read below:

The original notice of barbarian exclusion:

minori official website.
This website cannot be browsed excluding Japan.

Some foreigners seem to be having an antipathy against EROGE.
Therefore, We prohibited the access from foreign countries, to defend our culture.
Sorry for you of the fan that lives in a foreign country.

minori Inc.

To which has been added some carping about how Japanese couldn’t possibly oppose their own politicians, and need foreigners to do it for them:

Why minori blocking foreign accesses?

We are little perplexing now because we received a lot of response about this issue from foreign people.

Now we will tell you the short detail about the reason why blocking you to this website, because of we, all Japanese EROGE makers were facing at the problem, the crisis of “Freedom of speech”.

Currently, The bill that allows to limiting the content (It is censorship. Isn’t it?) to all EROGEs is being discussed in the Diet because intellectuals and politicians said “Japanese EROGE were being problem and troubled with the foreign country. Therefore we should make EROGE hidden away from foreign country, and also its content should be limited and censored”.

Okay, now we trusted the word what they said at once. So we blocked you to make stay away from the trouble.

…Do you like that?

If not, please tell your idea directly to Japanese government and politicians.
(For example, you can write the letter to the administration of Japan directly from here.)
(If you can comprehend Japanese…There is information of the politicians in Japan.)

Otherwise, you just can talk your idea about this issue at your blog or other media to inform the existance of this problem to the public. It would be very helpful for us.

If you do so, we might be able to recover the “Freedom of speech” and the barricade lying in between us would be taken away.

Please help us.

We hope this separation would be only for short moment.


Of course, it is rather naïve to think that Japanese politicians, particularly the ardently feminist ones, are doing anything but seizing upon convenient foreign outcry in order to use it as a rhetorical appeal, so as to push their own agenda of censorship, and even more naïve to think that they will take any notice of non-voting foreigners when even their own constituents fail to oppose them.

If foreigners have such power over Japan, it seems strange endless foreign histrionics about the evils of whaling have failed to get it banned…

It also seems improbable that the Japanese mass media will be interested in “foreign anime fan outcry over Japanese censorship,” when it can instead manufacture the sensational outcry against “rape games in our shops!”

The reaction against the move internationally has been less than positive, but predictably the online reaction in Japan has been delightedly xenophobic: we hear almost unanimously that “This can’t be helped”, “Damn foreigners are attacking our culture!”, “They are all just dirty pirates anyway!”, and “All eroge makers should ban foreigners!”

Many joyously call for “eroge sakoku”, sakoku, “closed country”, being the term for the long centuries of isolation the nation endured due to Shogunate paranoia about foreign influences.

Any suggestion that responsibility for these outrageous restrictions on freedom of expression lie with wicked foreigners is of course facile scapegoating, as any reference to the following three facts will attest:

•The mass media reports condemning eroge all originated in Japan, with the overseas reaction barely registering.

•The politicians calling for bans are all Japanese, and come from all three major parties.

•The eroge industry body, the EOCS, made no protest whatsoever and then censored a vast variety of material which was never even mentioned by domestic or international media.

It seems many Japanese being subjected to this oppressive ban would rather blame foreigners than actually make any effort to oppose the ban themselves, a position which it is hard to be sympathetic to.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    14:47 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    write the PM of japan maybe he will listen

    Comment by Cerenado
    14:16 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    For all intents and purposes, that explanation of theirs is not only naive but rather hilarious and of course sad; putting aside the engrish issue.
    Hilarity aside, the Japanese always have disliked foreigners, haven't they? It must be in their blood by now.

    Comment by Cerenado
    14:21 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And kudos for that Kagami picture header, it looks awesome :P

    Comment by Cerenado
    14:22 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Disregard that reply I just made; got multiple tabs open ^^

    Comment by FFFFFFF
    14:55 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I understand why they'd be cautious and block of the site, remember it was because of some shit head journalists with nothing better to write about that stumbled upon rapelay and caused this nonsense.

    Yeah I just sent the prime minister of Japan the first political e-mail of my life and it basically said "Don't ban lolita and eroge, protect freedom of speech for Japanese people"

    I suggest you faggots do the same. If at least it'll show that not everyone overseas are sucking the feminist's cock.

    Comment by gunzaku
    19:30 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    what's his email?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:58 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck. Can't japanese otaku find the balls to even defend their OWN beloved medium? It's pathetic.

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    Comment by Nakki
    17:21 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Part of their culture is to be "normal", to not stand out. They normally don't stand up and voice their opinions as much as the US does. They would have to band together before they would say something against this because of the stigma of watching porn and what they would likely view as pedophilia. I see it in the group of Japanese I hang out with.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:41 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    We originally FORCED the censorship we are used seeing to on them as terms of surrender for WW2. Now we are screwing them up again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:31 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    freedom of speech works as long as you're just voicing out what you think, once you start telling other people what to do it becomes tyranny. that said, people keep shoving tyrannical doctrines on how to live our lives in the name of liberty. how is that freedom?

    Comment by anon
    16:42 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That doesn't have to do with freedom of speech. Freedom of speech means you have a right to say what you want to say. It doesn't mean anyone has to listen to you or do what you say. Freedom of speech also allows people being told what to do to tell that person to stfu. It all should work out perfectly fine, if you ask me.

    Comment by psycholoner
    16:02 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Homosexuallity is a preference. Hating this preference is discrimination. Does that mean hating feminists is discrimination? Just a thought...

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    Comment by Velichi
    17:05 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Homosexuality is a sexual preference, one that is argued to be intrinsic to the being of the person and cannot be changed willingly (so they say).

    Feminism is more along the lines of a political alignment. It is not something you are born into being, but are logically convinced is something of being right. You may be swayed into various degrees of this feminism, sex-positive, radicalism, (others).

    By discrimination, I thought you meant something that can be described as an unlawful negative attitude towards such people. As such, in the U.S. you cannot discriminate on sexual preference, but I don't believe the same applies to feminism preferences. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discrimination#Employment_discrimination)

    I could be wrong, as I only glanced at the wiki.

    Comment by My 2 cents
    12:54 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anyway, even if it's wrong and stupid for them to block foreign access, we still should use of our "international pressure" to help them (and by extense, ourselves).


    - Stop blaming the feminists for this. It is illogical. Sex-negative feminists may have been used as pretext, but we should blame the weak Japanese otaku, and the Japanese media + Japanese politicians.

    - Stop calling Minori racist. Their actions weren't motivated by prejudice against a race. Learn the word you want to use, before using it.

    - Stop calling the Japanese people racist if you have never lived there.

    - Stop assuming every country lives with the notions of race.

    - Stop insulting the Japanese people and all feminists just because of your illogical hate. Direct it at sex-negative radical feminists and Japanese politicians.

    - Stop with all the hate. It is weak to be controlled by such emotions to the point of not being able to have common sense and think logically.

    - DO something. The blame is really on ourselves for not doing anything besides complaining illogically.

    - Send e-mails.

    - BE POLITE. If you're going to e-mail Minori, Japanese politicians or Japanese people, be polite. You're just discrediting our cause for freedom of speech, otherwise.

    Humbly, I think these are the best options, according to my common sense. Otherwise people posting in Sankaku just seem a bunch of mysoginist hooligans, ignorant rednecks, racist against the Japanese, etc.

    Comment by arkhangelsk
    14:28 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except for Item 1, I agree.

    1) Feminists were definitely the people who ignited this latest little flap. There might be a substantial force already there anyway, but without them it won't have reached criticality, at least not this time, maybe never.

    2) The "weak" otaku and politicians. Actually, if they are weak, a major reason is that we are all actually steeped into a certain amount of feminist propaganda when it comes to porn, into associating it as somehow wrong - even when there is no utilitarian substanitation for that concept. This makes it difficult for us to stand up.

    Feminist: "Ban porn!"
    You: "Free speech!"
    Feminist: "Even for porn?"
    You: "Uh" (you want to answer, but you are held back by that indoctrination. Even if you break your indoctrination, you are very conscious that everyone ELSE is indoctrinated similarly, and not many of them has thought about the issue enough to have a chance of breaking out. In their mind-controlled state, nothing you say will convince them and will only make you look bad, and quite frankly, porn isn't quite worth risking your social position for).
    Feminist: "I win."

    A major contribution to this whole indoctrination program, of course, is the entire feminism movement. So, are they really not to blame, either tactically or strategically, for our current dire straits?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:39 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Feh. Feminists. They are reactionaries, like Satanists. Without Christianity, Satanists are just a bunch of spoiled petulant children who don't want to take responsibility for doing what they want.

    Feminism can't exist without reacting to what is perceived as a male chauvinist attitude. That is why it's hard to take it seriously. Feminism can't stand by itself. That is why it has to be invented by people in universities talking about "Mother Goddess" and all that bullshit.

    So they come across patriarchal Japan and think they can "save" it in their bigoted manner by attacking the harmless hobbies of those who are more attracted to the dimensionally challenged.

    Comment by arkhangelsk
    11:50 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is inevitable when part of Group A does something, the whole of A gets somewhat implicated. Rapelay, for example, became all of the rape game genre, which in turn became all of eroge, which caused this farce. Similar process.

    Given this, shouldn't those feminists that are not part of this segment then at least say something, even if only on blogs like this, to preserve their reputation?

    One possible explanation for why not is that there are only covert and overt on this matter when it comes to feminists. How many feminists are willing to come out and actually say banning rape games is WRONG?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:38 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love how people pretending to be intelligent don't realize there is not an unified single type of feminism, and that typical feminism aims for the equality of men and women and has always fought for valorous causes.

    Generalizing "feminism" and feminists is pretty much the same as doing it with "politics". You just sound like an angry ignorant that way.

    Feminism is not an unified single movement, it's simply a portmanteau for different ideological movements fighting for what they believe to be the best to women. It has nothing to do with female supremacy or censorship. It has nothing to do with a specific ideology/cause/objective/whatever. It's a word englobing various different movements.

    Comment by My 2 cents
    12:56 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm also not a native speaker, so I'm sorry if this all sound too pretentious while still having fugly grammatical errors.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:43 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    did you just repeat two of those points in your list?

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    Comment by Lazydabear
    01:32 27/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It does sound racist but your right.

    Comment by jap hate gaijins
    12:26 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    japanese hate gaijins,

    and hongkong-chinese hate the blue-eyed devils from europe

    and thais hate farangs,

    and americans hate all middle east

    and middle east hate u.s.

    and english hate netherlands and french

    no one likes french

    and ozzies hate asians

    and this is an ape world full of limited minds

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:45 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're more ignorant than every prejudiced person on Earth if you believe in all what you wrote.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:30 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    if you're going to take the time to say it all like that then you might as well just say that everyone hates everyone else. in fact everyone on earth is a misanthropist. Now doesn't that sound silly? And yet it's less sillier than what you said.

    But I guess most people just like to take the easy route and generalize entire peoples.

    People, Arte only selected a few comments from the Japanese public response, those aren't all of the comments! Not all Japanese hate foreigners.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:40 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    12:32 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sorry we're gonna hack your site!

    Comment by arkhangelsk
    13:57 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I find it cute that Sankaku seems very interested to hold foreigners innocent for this whole farce.

    It is a bit like saying that any Soviet officer that had his division disbanded under CFE should blame solely Gorbachev (since he buckled to assymetrical reductions) and the Soviet people (especially those silly instituniks who argue for the reductions), and the West had no part to play in all that.

    Strategically speaking, for a long time now, a very significant fraction of foreigners have been applying pressure against eroge.

    What seems to be happening in Japan right up until recently is a balance of power between the "Protect the Children" (along w/ the "Let's buckle to the foreigners") clan and the "Freedom of Speech" clan (not many people high up want to admit they like eroge) means a maintenance of the Status Quo.

    Thanks to a certain idiot Gaijin and a certain idiot Gaijin group, this delicate balance of power has been disrupted for a time. During this time, eroge was forced towards near extinction.

    How are foreigners completely innocent of this? It may be a few foreigners, but as it turned out, they were the foreigners that counted...

    Whaling is larger than eroge and has withstood the Western assaults so far. But it may also end in a similar way - some particularly grotesque pictures make it to the hands of Greenpeace. Greenpeace raises especially loud ruckus and it reaches Japan. If the Balance of Power is even enough, it is possible for such an event to destabilize things (at least briefly) and cause the end of whaling. Would foreigners then not be guilty for ending whaling in Japan?

    EOCS, I say again. Blaming them for buckling without being in a position to fully envision the correlation of forces against them is a bit subjective, don't you think? If you see an army retreating at full speed, one generally presumes that a really strong (relatively) enemy is chasing them, not that they are running from nothing.

    For asking us for help. Really, I'm sure they are doing what they figure they can on their fronts. They probably know we aren't worth very much, but if they are doing everything they can, what more can they do to increase the odds in their favor, even by 0.1%, but by asking us to write letters?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:25 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, that's something I don't understand. Whaling... regardless of what people say, the Japanese like their whale. And it seems that it ain't changing soon. (And I think Sea Shepherd is a pirate ship.)

    So what about Eroge. I mean, this culture of shame is strangely present in a traditionally non-Judeo-Christian country. Whereas in the West, good lord. Good example is the state of California, mostly liberal and democrats, but they legislated a bill against same-sex marriage. Everyone went "huuuh??"

    So Japan, land of Bukkake and Tentacle rape. Why so serious?

    Comment by maumastoks
    17:42 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    we can spam them =3

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:31 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think the real question right now should be:


    Comment by Anonymous
    13:47 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    All captured and locked up by Equality Now's secret police force.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:12 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn them. Counter them with loli assassins, damn it!

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    Comment by Ak
    13:14 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The reason of the case have nothing but money, that's all

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:13 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is a time for superheroes.
    I propose a campaign over censorship.

    Particularly at "Works of Art" They must be censored to see how sad and silly a ban on freedom of expression is.

    We should distribute pamphlets, Art books that have mosaics. Michelangelo's David must have mosaic censor.

    Anatomy books must have mosaic censor.

    In Akihabara, let there be a movement, a protest that has maids and otaku wearing black robes, ala Islamic Republic style. Let otaku dress up as moral police in Uyoku vans. Suppress all freedom of expression in the city. Sow discontent. Provoke the masses to action.

    Replace images with words. Paint ancient statues black. Vandalize buddhist statues, Jizo- paint them all black.

    Make Japan fear censorship becoming reality, invading their very culture.

    Raid museums and burn all Shunga. Censor Hokusai and his kind. Close down love hotels.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:30 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is the time for Otaku to prove themselves. Be like Otoya Yamaguchi. For crying out loud, Tsutomu Miyazaki or, even Tomohiro Kato. Those batshit crazy people is what Japan needs. How long with a country be apathetic to their freedoms being taken away?

    Acts of terrorism is probably the only way to provoke reaction from an otherwise apathetic bourgeoisie with disposable income.

    People in Iran risked being killed and some did die for their votes and freedom of expression. They make me proud.

    What does Japan do, in comparison?

    "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
    -Benjamin Franklin (1706–90)

    "Shikata ga nai"

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:39 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't talk about going terrorist and then mention what happened in Iran in the next sentence. What the Iranians are doing is not terrorism, they're peacefully protesting and some are getting killed for it. I'm all for that. Dieing in the name of freedom is good, especially when you never harmed anyone trying to get that freedom. Such people are true martyrs, not like those terrorists and religious extremists. Any sort of cheap scare tactic doesn't work. You have to raise your voice until it's heard and understood by the opposition.

    Comment by Simon Cowell of Eroge
    13:52 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sir, I am not sure if anyone has told you this. But you are freaking nut! No matter how badly you want to make your point, harming innocent people isn't the way to go. Not to mention atrocious acts will only reinforce the stereotype that otaku are the menace of society. I believe something non-violent would be better to serve our cause.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:08 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Think of it as a self-fulfilling prophecy. Paint otaku a certain way, will they? Destroy the reason to be, will they?? Some just want to be left alone. But noooo. They want to enjoy the last sanctuary they have from this craaaazy world of ours. But noooo. Someone has to trample this little imaginary land where one doesn't have to wake up and go to work and with that intense urge to slit someone's throat. That annoying superior who condescends. That coworker who does not care at all. Imagine. Who is to blame? Myself, or everyone? Either suicide, or anarchy. Kill oneself, or make someone bleed and jump with joy as they lay dying for all the imagined wrongs they have done. Which one gives a better chance of survival, if death is inescapable?

    ....This is probably a common sentiment that people tend to avoid. Not only in Japan, of course. Sometimes they lie to themselves that they don't want that to happen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:42 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are you fucking crazy to even joke about going all terrorist? Is the taliban and other muslim extremists getting anywhere with that? Have they gained anything? Yeah, I thought so. Look back on history and look at the ways that worked, for the sake of sane thought! I don't know why people are so quick to bring up wars as an answer instead of things like non-violence and what people like martin luther king and gandhi did and succeeded with.

    I honestly don't know what we can do since we're on the shortest end of the stick no matter which way you put it. The way society is now, especially with all of the "pedophile" fears, if any one of us went to the public and told them what our interests are in any intelligent fashion we'd be hearing people calling for out deaths. Maybe we just need to wait for a more liberal and open government in Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:10 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Feel free to love youself out of oppression.

    Comment by arkhangelsk
    14:13 26/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    To be fair to the Taliban and Muslim extremists, it wasn't like they were getting their views in by Peace either (leaving the validity of their views aside).

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    Comment by Lazydabear
    06:01 27/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are you compairing this Terrorism?

    If the Japanese want to protest against this situation is up to them.If the Ero-Game Industry wants to fight for there rights they need to go out and take a chances talk to gamers who play there games and ask for there support.

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    Comment by npal
    20:39 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    *double facepalm

    Comment by Half-Rice
    07:47 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It means "Dear:foringer If you want to play Japanese adult game,you must nuke all feminatis of this planet."

    Comment by James-Kun
    16:50 27/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wat the hell is going on

    its gone from loli-rape-bdsm-eroge-eechi-manga?

    this is very bad for anyone associated with anime and manga as now we are being called women hating child molesting otakus, this could really turn into something huge if this continues, the ball is already rolling too fast, someone needs to stop it before it becomes an avalanche

    Comment by Mao
    15:55 27/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And I'm left to wonder how is it possible that supposedly serious companies won't have the decency of hiring or at least freelancing a competent translator. Engrish is funny in casual contexts. In serious communication looks just shameful.

    Comment by Newprimus
    05:27 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This really sucks, but if this issue receives more coverage it just sucks even more because mainstream societies of both West and Japan will react negatively to eroge. Even if every Western eroge fan sent letters of dissent it'll probably have little to no impact because we're not representing mainstream opinion in the West. So I don't know how this is going to go.

    Comment by Taka
    17:47 29/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am an EROGE fan in Japan.
    I think minori's action is very regrettable and something insulting for foreigners.(even if they do not intends to do it)

    But as some people pointed out that it was not caused by racism, but only for avoiding troubles (in Japanese word "KOTO-NAKARE-SHUGI"), that's right.

    Actually, EROGE makers(also EROGE fans) are neither political activist nor liberal fighters, and they have to continue their business, so it is natual and rational for them to avoid more troubles...

    In Japan, assosiations of EROGE makers(EOCS) decided to restrict violent expressions in their games. If our government restricts EROGE directory, our supreme court will judge it as a breach of constitution. But bureaucracy knows well, so they lead EOCS to do(add) self-regulations...

    But EROGE-makers main concern is commercial success, and not small people needs them in Japan, so in any cases, EROGE makers will continue to provide violent EROGE with moderate titles and packages. This is one of Japanese ways to resist against government.

    This time, EROGE makers spare nominal victory for feminists, it is most of our representative need. But no substantial retreat.

    ...Maybe it is not the best way to fight against Femi-Nazism. Sorry for all EROGE-fans in the world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:58 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its a bit disappointing about the games but if my money isn't good enough for them then fuck'em. What they are saying about all forigners being a bad influence is nonsense and about the criminal thing. People are responsible for their own behaviour no matter what country your from so let people deal with the consequences themselves

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:56 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seems like a good thing. It seems anyone interested in anime and related become basement dwelling shut-in losers. Keep that in Japan. C:

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