Minori Changes Tune: “Foreign Users are Criminals”


Barbarian excluding eroge maker Minori is seemingly not content with excluding non-Japanese visitors from its site in retaliation for being forced into extremes of censorship by its own puritanical ratings body; the risible message on their site claims to be “defending our culture”, but in comments to prying Japanese media their CEO provides another excuse entirely, claiming they are protecting foreigners from making criminals of themselves by visiting their site.

For some reason their email response to the enquiries of Japanese news site J-Cast was made publically accessible to all comers; it can be seen here whilst it lasts (a proxy will be required for those outside Japan), or cached here.

Their CEO’s comments on their reasoning run thusly:

“If one of our products or the site itself were viewed overseas it might be a crime, and the viewer might become a criminal in their country. Since that would be our fault, it would be most regrettable.

We also take other measures, such as checking the user is running a Japanese operating system, to ensure that only Japanese users can run our software.”

Quite a different response to that given to foreign visitors.

Of course, on just about every other website on the Internet, the burden is on the viewer to ensure the content they are viewing is legal in their locality, not the publisher.

They also go on to rubbish the sale of eroge to foreigners as being a tiny market where they would have to translate their games into every language under the sun, presumably having never thought of just translating into English like every other company in the international market for visual novels…

Putting aside the suspect nature of the excuses they offer, it seems the real reasoning behind their ban is a lack of interest in the international market coupled with a desire to show that they are taking care to restrict availability of their products overseas, so as to undermine the notion that they are provoking overseas groups into Japan bashing.

Unfortunately, their real opponents are in Japan, and are interested in pursuing a domestic ban, not one on the tiny export trade…

Fans of the visual novel are doubtless well advised to support progressive, internationally minded companies such as Nitroplus, whose recent efforts promise a wealth of quality titles.

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    Comment by Tuapugui
    16:02 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Methinks we gotta write something as a group, and petition both the buggers in the Koumeito and Minori, ...and Yuzusoft.

    The apocalypse of eroge can't be what we want.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:28 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    We don't want apocalypse but we NEED Armageddon, but wait, who's gonna play the bad guy's route???

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:51 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think this is a chance for other countries to update their Erotica. It should stop being limited to cheap, trashy romance novels that middle-aged, overweight spinsters read.

    We need MANLY erotica in the form of visual novels in the west.

    Benjamin Franklin and Marquis De Sade would agree. It is your duty, men of the West, to make superior Erotica.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:22 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Another company that seems to have taken the same approach as Minori is akatsukiworks

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:19 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously, they should STFU!!! Loli and those kind of stuff are part of Japanese Culture, and should keep on going!

    Comment by gunzaku
    13:39 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    in my countries, possession of porns, let it be 2d or 3d, loli or MILF, rape or not rape, or just plain nude, in any mediums: dvd, cd, soft copy in pc, books, pictures, you name it, will get you in jail!

    this is the world of isxxmic country

    Comment by gunzaku
    13:43 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    wrong reply, ignore me

    Comment by M
    13:14 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Minori doesn't even MAKE the type of games that are being banned. wtf are they being so anal about? >.> Making themselves sound like a buncha naive visual novel makers...oh wait.

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    Comment by なっきにゃ〜NakkiNyan
    14:33 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually ef and Eden* could be banned.

    Comment by Simon Cowell of Eroge
    14:16 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    minori, you broke my heart. You treated us foreign fans like trash. This is not right.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:48 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    well.. since yesterday playing CS on lan is a crime in germany but the worst is in australia XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:19 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    they are just being tsundere

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:12 09/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    To you good sir, I present a medal.

    For this, this is the truth indeed ъ(`ー゜)

    Comment by TsundereWorks
    05:28 10/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No problem. Get a Japanese version of Linux [Ubuntu, for example.] and run it through flash drive. Use a proxy from Firefox.

    But, problems are just going to get worse... Only God knows what will happen next...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:45 10/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What is it with human nature to go way to over-board with reforms, with the band wagon jumping media, doogooders and ppl scared of reprisals been the main culprits. I remember a few years in the UK, the whole man-woman equalty thing went too far with with alot of sexist against men tv progs been made while woman sexist things were a big nono.

    im not even a Vis novel fan but this pisses me off. i mean neko banned WTF?

    Comment by Metalbunny
    14:15 10/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck..The government doesn't care about our way of gaming..And if they did nobody would dare to enforce it..

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:51 11/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The final solution to this problem is for the US to drop two more nukes onto Japan.

    Sucks to be you if you live in Nagasaki or Hiroshima!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:39 22/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But this is the first time. Not others where it can be visited as normal.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:06 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Man, Japan must be the most xenophobic country in the world. Every time I visit this site, it's just another story of a Japanese website blocking foreign access. And don't even get me started on those Uyoku pricks.

    Comment by hALOTOO
    15:43 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have said it before and I will say it again, the reason why they are not doing well outside Japan is because their games are overpriced . Unless they are willing to change their strategy than it's unlikely they will receive much support outside Japan and hope they don't do anything stupid like "Japanese operating system".

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:43 14/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by T1
    04:07 18/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    DOTA, lolz...no nakid loli there getting raped, dude.

    Oh, well...if it was up to me then ppl like that (the geeks who agrees with that action) should just get their ban...xenophobes deserve that if you ask me.

    Why fight it yourself when you can get the geek in the world riled about it? Right, Japan? *shakes head*

    Fuckers deserve their Agness up their asses

    /me goes to annoy his friends in japan to take revenge, kekekekekekkee

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:12 09/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    As far as business is concerned, Minori is doing the right thing.
    They're protecting their (potential) customers.

    tl;dr: cry moar, biatches.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:11 09/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nooooooo Eden*~!!!! >.<

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:17 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Minori might have made ef, but they can go fuck themselves for all I care. If the foreign market is an issue, they're just losing money by blocking foreign customers from their site, and if it isn't, all they're doing is trying to kick up some worthless (and pointless) nationalistic sentiment. It sure as hell won't help them oppose any bans.

    Comment by Tuapugui
    16:00 09/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Minori makes nearly all of its money domestically.

    I don't s'pose its nationalistic sentiment. But its true the Western groups are the asses that started this. In preventing its stuff to leak to the overseas, they are essentially stemming the feminazis' argument that Japan is poisoning the rest of the world.

    Any tangible resistance put up by the companies will just be dismissed with aplomb by the moralfags. In an oriental society, producers' standing of adult material are compromised to begin with as they are expected to submissively stand down in any conflict....like prostitutes.

    Then again, the eroge industry could have been too pro-active and prominent in recent year, prompting the crackdown.

    Comment by Ano
    23:09 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Artefact I think you are being awefully harsh on the japanese firms judging from how you describe their actions.

    I think it is only reasonable for them to block out the foreign net viewers to save their business.

    Since problems came from overseas and as usual western's tendency to dominate other cultures caused alot of problems.

    Given the political situation, japanese politician will not disagree with what the feminist are saying.

    Also since most international fans torrent their products, it is no surprise they care little about overseas viewers

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:41 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But the point is that it's not really going to help. And I don't think you can just assume that "most international fans torrent their products". Is there any evidence of that? All it shows is a blindness to the realities of the situation as well as cowardice, since these firms apparently aren't willing to object to or challenge the bans head-on.

    Comment by Tuapugui
    16:11 09/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is it I've had enough of the feminazis.


    A stand must be taken.

    The whole of Sancon and its forum should protest.
    What they are doing cannot be good.

    Th ban of eroge and eroanime will cause the dam of desire to break. And the libidinal vagaries of otakus worldwide who have drawn their strength from the loli boom will deluge the streets... increasing crime rates, societal mayhem and massive unemployment.

    We need a joint petition.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:18 09/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fact of the matter, foreign eroge market is nothing compared to domestic market.

    It's not painful or even itchy at all for minori to cut off foreigners.

    If you have a problem, perhaps you should show them otherwise. The $ way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:21 09/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    >support progressive

    does not compute

    any one trying to get the GOVERNMENT to ban/regulate anything is the one with the progressive agenda despite any claims to the contrary.

    regulations are bad for everyone P.E.R.I.O.D.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:15 09/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    wait till i rape your mother due to no regulation against raping.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:00 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This shit just gets funnier and funnier.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:21 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Indeed, it's quite amusing to see how far will it get, even better than watch Mr Bean. I wonder who will get the title King of Fool at the end.

    Comment by Midnightphantomillusion
    07:10 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tisk tisk. Everyone knows countries run on the sick fantasies and raging hormones of the people. Its simple fact, but religious and shamed followers act like their better than that. Bullshit. Everyone wants to get off on whatever satisfies them. The entire reason for living is sex. Money, food, survival, all to get laid. Ignorance. No harm no foul, live and let die.

    Comment by MelancholyMomo
    07:52 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    sounds like you are trying to start a cult..

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:13 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    you are correct sir.

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    Comment by Halconnen
    18:10 09/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Midnight: And I accidentally the entire comment.


    Comment by Midnightphantomillusion
    12:56 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who me? Not that that would be hard but manipulations not my style, even though people make it so easy. I havent the patience.

    Comment by juuden
    06:45 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Minori can go get fucked!
    Their games suck anyway! Alcot is better than those guys!

    Comment by SnooSnoo
    13:02 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol Alcot doesn't make any games with story anyway. Its just a fuckfest

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:22 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Their games sucks?
    I bet you don't played EF.

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    Comment by ajnac
    08:02 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ''''If one of our products or the site itself ????were viewed overseas???? !!!it might be a crime!!!, and the viewer ""might become a criminal in their country"". Since that would be our fault, it would be most regrettable.''''


    OK, minori you're going to my list of companies that... suck? nah, if it not for Miyako, I'll ditch them. I still support them. LOL!

    Comment by gunzaku
    13:18 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    what do you expect?some(but not all) foreigners are complaining that eroge will create lolicons that will hurt real children, thus making them "criminals". therefore, for "world peace", it is better not to let these infectious material leaks out and "corrupt" the minds of the pure foreigners and in the end, all the small children will be saved. btw, agnes chan is one of the foreigner.

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    Comment by maxchain
    08:04 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm sorry, what was the story about? I seem to have gotten distracted by the headline image and started a torrent of whatever Ef - A Tale of Memories (Melodies?) is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:06 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Japanese operating system"

    I think you mean American operating system translated to Japanese.

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    Comment by Artefact

    "Japanese-version" operating system if you wish to be precise.

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    Comment by Lazydabear
    14:20 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Make sure its a Sony or a Tobisha Brand Computers because like the Irish told me if its Gateway Computer its a peice of shit!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:43 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The more you prohibit/withhold something, the more appealing it becomes. GG eroge companies. Since this foreign devil cant buy your products, im going to go back to downloading them for free on the interbutt. Way to shoot yourselves in the foot, AND bow down to feminazi trash. Cmon Japan, do yourselves a favor and ship butterface Agnes back to china. It sounds like she would LOVE it there, especially with their new net censors.


    Comment by Leon4000
    06:43 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dang,...well one silver lining is that Nitroplus is definitely going to send some of their games over to other foreign companies. Other companies can also do that too..., but...right now I have nothing else to say.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:07 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously, what's going on? All of a sudden everyone thinks porn and games are evil.

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    Comment by WiseRooster
    06:07 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh you know those crazy moral crusaders neighbor kids with there silly antics they never stop to amaze.

    Comment by unellmay
    09:59 08/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    all of a sudden?

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