Investigation reveals that most demands for bans on adult manga and anime are coming from radical evangelical Christian groups within Japan, yet less than 1% of Japan’s population is Christian.
Some of the groups involved in supporting UNICEF Japan go so far as to publically decry pre-marital sex and homosexuality as moral degeneracy, to say nothing of their opposition to pornography as a whole, a far cry from the pro-child women’s rights agenda they would have the world believe they espouse.
UNICEF Japan (independent from, but endorsed by, the UN’s UNICEF) itself admits it receives support from a host of religious extremists, in addition to a variety of feminist groups who perhaps would be aghast at the agenda espoused by some of these mostly evangelical protestant groups:
Japan Christian Women’s Organization (日本キリスト教婦人矯風会)
“The growth in pre-marital sex, adultery, divorce, homosexuality and sex crime threatens to destroy healthy family life and create social chaos.”
Committee to Tackle Prostitution Issues (売買春問題ととりくむ会)
A group formed to ban “sexual exploitation,” whose membership overlaps with the above.
ECPAT / End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism
A network of groups formed to stop the “sexual exploitation” of children, with much of its support and membership coming from churches. The Japanese arm lists the Japan Christian Women’s Organization as one of their supporters.
YMCA Japan / YWCA Japan
“The Young Men’s Christian Associations seek to unite those young men who, regarding Jesus Christ as their Saviour, and Son of GOD, according to the Holy Scriptures, desire to be his disciples in their faith and in their life and to associate their efforts for the extension of His Kingdom amongst young men.”
World Vision Japan
“[Our objective is] to follow our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.”
Soka Gakkai Women’s Peace Committee (創価学会女性平和委員会)
The Soka Gakkai, a large Buddhist cult, notoriously interferes with Japanese politics through its “independent” political party the Koumeito, Japan’s third largest, and generally supports highly moralistic policies.
Big business also likes to support UNICEF Japan for the favourable PR it can yield; conspicuous in the list of supporters are Microsoft and Yahoo, presumably unaware that they are supporting an organisation opposed to freedom of expression together with groups which consider gay rights and even sex out of wedlock to be an abomination…
Of course, the anti-freedom of expression camp’s literal poster child Agnes Chan is herself a Chinese Catholic who now badgers Japan’s elected politicians into abrogating the Japanese constitution to appease extremist churches.
Some of the groups listed possess an extremely radical agenda; for example the 130 year old Japan Christian Women’s Organization (in Japanese they call themselves a “moral reform” organisation) boasts about being behind Japan’s 1956 Prostitution Prevention Law.
However, this group is a radical Christian moralist group as one of their own published proclamations clearly demonstrates:
A Statement on the Morals of Sex and Marriage:
The growth in pre-marital sex, adultery, divorce, homosexuality and sex crime threatens to destroy healthy family life and create social chaos.
We are aghast at this, particularly with regards to pre-marital sex. We wish for a healthy Japanese society.
Evidently, for many of these groups a ban on “loli” is merely a way of attacking the softest available target.
Their real objective is nothing less than Christian theocracy, with bans on pre-marital sex, prostitution, pornography and homosexuality all fantasised about even as they exploit the credulity of politicians and the mass media about threats to children.