Tokyo Loli Ban Fails

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly has decided to defer consideration of their bill to ban loli manga until their next session, a de facto if temporary rejection.

Although lacking the unambiguous finality of a “rejection” and still capable of being revived, a deferred bill is one way Japan’s generally spineless politicians contrive to avoid appearing to either strongly oppose or support a bill likely to upset constituents either way.

In this case it seems likely politicians were mindful that they faced ferocious criticism from the manga, Internet and publishing industry were they to support the bill, but also faced the deadly prospect of a tearful Agnes Chan lambasting them in the glare of a media spotlight for not doing enough to protect Japan’s imaginary children.

Neither prospect being to any politician’s liking, the members, a fractious mass dominated by the leftist DPJ and with the formerly supreme LDP some way behind, along with a smattering of Sōka Gakkai cultists and Communist holdouts, opted to shelve the amendment until the next session.

Such bills frequently find themselves quietly abandoned at a later date – in fact a similar fate befell the previous national ban in the Diet, despite Agnes Chan’s best weepy act.

The crazed PTA behind the ban is unlikely to give up however – it has already equated opposition to its desire for censorship to “violence” whilst explicitly saying opponents of any ban should be considered “mentally ill.”

The next battle in the campaign to protect the freedoms of creators is likely set to be Osaka, although it is hard to see Japan’s long suffering second city and cultural counterweight to the might of Tokyo being eager to drive its creative industry into the arms of its top rival.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    18:07 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The sonorous whispering of the dying tempest fades away and at long last, the beleaguered defenders of Right to Free Speech crawl back up from their battle of attrition with the tyrannical despots hoarding their imaginary children. A silent cry of triumph rises up from the mute throats of spineless otaku and perverted heralds of loli-lovers sing their joyous hymns to their DFC goddesses in praise of their victory.

    tl;dr Stay tuned until the next episode of LoliB&ers VS NaughtyTentacles.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:15 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thank you loli goddess! our pray is approve. BANZAI!!!!

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    Comment by edisao
    00:25 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I found odd that nobody posted this before, but ok anyways:

    This was a triumph.
    I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.
    It's hard to overstate my satisfaction.

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    Comment by ASDAS
    00:43 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ALL HAIL LOLI

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    13:10 02/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    *Cartoon M. Bision style* YES!! YES!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:35 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its the lobby! xD

    Try to ban private Guns in the USA... you wont come far.
    Same to loli in japan. But you cant kill people with loli xD

    Win!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:59 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They can try whenever they like. The outcome will be always the same.

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    Comment by Nanaya Shiki
    02:10 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The best thing I've seen in months.
    Serves you right, Agnes Chan XD.

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    Comment by EleutheroZeroONE
    03:33 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    She should be kicked out of Japan! Geriatric Pop star or not!!

    She isn't ethnically Japanese to begin with!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:04 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Okay today is my friend's Birthday and omgosh reading this was the best hahaha im going to get so drunk today for him and for THIS !

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    Comment by EleutheroZeroONE
    03:31 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Really?

    Today's mine, too! I'm 39!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:16 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fun, and first of all ridiculous, to see that users of this blog are still crying every day against hypothetical loli-ban in Japan while loli-manga is already illegal in USA and Europe. Instead of giving your opinion about what should be "Free Speech" in a far-away country like moronic wannabes, make something about your own government and laws.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:12 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    if it's not legal here why can I go to a bookstore and by Dance in the Vampire Bund? That would have been one of the things banned by new law. And trying to get a sane law or vote passed in the us is pretty moronic thing to say considering we can't even get health care to our people right so every day people die from easily curable sickness.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:51 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sure, if you're willing to have your social life and reputation destroyed without any hope of redeeming or clarifying your arguments to an emotional mass with an intellectual horizon of about a foot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:00 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why would you care for your place and reputation among such people?

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    Comment by Sylar
    03:39 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Many of our nations may have a ban but they are not the creators of loli manga and anime. Japan is. So even with out them loli manga and anime won't stop as long Japan can continue. Also 95% of them don't even know about manga and anime so you can have it and no one will chase you as long you are not some sick fuck who's in to real sexual depictions of children and make your self notice.
    But despite all that, this is not about loli's but freedom of expression and if i find a way to make a change i will still take it. Unfortunately am not rich not a politician and even trying to make people see the rights of my words by preaching would be pointless since as i said 95% of people don't even know what this is all about or care. Those bans are the kind of laws that they passed in the middle of the night with out any citizen even hearing about it and most importantly hearing the truth about it. Hell half the politicians who vote them don't know well what it was about.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:26 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    all hail Agnes Chan

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    Comment by Anonymous
    23:05 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes! JUSTICE!

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    Comment by Phuong
    21:52 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Score one for humanity.

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    Comment by Tateha
    21:53 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    once they start preaching to censor "violence" they effectively already lost the ban on loli.

    good news indeed, but I'm sure that the issue will be brought back to light in the future, probably after some incident involving otaku no doubt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:37 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It will probably be brought up again in such a way that they can conceal it's true meaning, then start throwing people in jail using a technicality. It would be much easier to pass and they still get what they want.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:59 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah! Legalize! loli-FTW!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:45 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    meow meow of course it wouldn't pass sillies

    a government is an amoral machine. in the end what matters is the bottom line - profit! the loli industry is veery profitable. morality isn't so much.

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    Comment by DFC
    21:16 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just as keikaku

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    Comment by alex251
    21:39 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    But what if they come with a compromise: we ban loli manga, you can marry 2D characters...

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    Comment by SilverLeaf
    07:58 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whats the point if I cannot marry 2d loli characters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:01 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    FUCK YEAH!!! LOLICONS AROUND THE WORLD REJOICE!!!

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    Comment by Nekoshi Nailz
    22:53 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    8DDDDDD
    loli ftw <33

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:06 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Victory at last! For love, peace and justice!

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    Comment by rikarika
    22:27 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You damned lolicons...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:17 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    can i ask whats the name of that character in the pic?

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    Comment by EleutheroZeroONE
    03:28 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What Tôkyô needs is a new Metropolitan Governor. Old man Shintarô Ishihara's a sex-hatin' rocker jockey that been in office too dang long!

    The guy's in his late 70s, for cryin' out loud.

    They should replace him with that Nobuto Hosaka guy from the SDP--the guy who defended freedom of expression and lolicon by opposing this stupid amendment.

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    Comment by RopeXPantsu
    09:52 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's only postponed. We will repeat the same shit until the end of the universe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:31 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    doh Sankaku, You and your Misleading thread titles and misleading use of words

    "Tokyo Loli Bans Fails"

    bullshit, it hasn't Fail, it just been postponed to vote, with means that nothing has changed, and who knows, it might pass this time, and even if it is rejected this time, it could be the last until next year

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    Comment by Artefact

    This is exactly what happened to the national level ban - postponement is equivalent to failure, but with the prospect of revival.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:27 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stupid groups of people that are narrow-minded are annoying to the extreme.

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    07:41 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is the perfect time to stock up on cake before this war is over...

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:45 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It ain't over yet. It's too early to celebrate. We won the battle, but the loli wars have just begun.

    They'll be back harder, bitter, nastier, stronger. I can guarantee you that.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    02:07 21/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then we need to continue the assault and deny them an opportunity to regroup.

    In the US we have our own moral fags as well some are real steaming piles of dog flop even worse then the loliban people such as Westboro Baptist Church and Calvinist types at large.

    The worst are these fraking SOBs I'm at all out war with these wastes of carbon atoms.
    http://thinkprogress.org/2010/03/12/texas-education-board-cuts-thomas-jefferson-out-of-its-textbooks/

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:25 28/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have been reading this kind of topics and i thinks that the only way we have to fix their brains is to appeal to count for insulting us by calling us rapists and staff. They wont care for words but if we strike their money they may just get it.
    No point in speaking with fanatics.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:33 21/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agnes Chan is in her hell, all's right with the world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:59 21/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why ban loli? I'd much rather have a fictional child get violated than an actual child.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:22 22/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cake wins!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Comment by kajunbowser
    11:52 24/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    We must eat it!!! But first, we set our sights on Osaka!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:59 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    we won't get fooled again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:53 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sweet, SWEET victory~
    A round of loli for all us fine gentlewomen and gentlemen! and With more to come!

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    Comment by Kinny Riddle
    03:44 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Certainly a cause to celebrate. Agnes Chan and Equality Now and all you holier-than-thou moralists, please go fuck yourselves, or perhaps we can hire some VIRTUAL AND FICTIONAL 2D characters to do it for you. (Note the caps emphasis, in case they're too thick-headed to understand and end up attempting to sue me. )

    Indeed, the number of heavyweight mangakas and nearly all the publishing houses lending their weight against this movement is definitely the deciding factor here. Well done.

    That battle may be won, but the war is not, as it seems Osaka will be the next. Keep up the good work, Arte.

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    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    03:46 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Beware temporary fails.
    It's a long used political strategy to ram something through that would definitely fail otherwise.

    Case in point: "Pluto" being removed from "Planet" status. They made it look like the attempt failed, then snuck it in right after.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:18 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pluto wasn't a loli. He was a dwarf. Although I preferred him in full planet status glory.

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    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    11:53 20/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think the guys behind it were just afraid a sizable portion of the Oort cloud would become a "Planet" once the funding for a good probe could be sent combined with "Planet Finder" telescopes capable of finding things in the next solar systems. But, doing so it really freaked people out and the results are being still felt today.

    First, the "Snuck in the back door" move fueled anger that's being used by the "Tea Baggers" now in the health care debate. Second, it did hurt donations for funding. Some people even used it to lobby against science funding. Third, it's amazing there's been no vandalism, but a lot of places have increased security accounting for it. It's even used by the "Home Schooler" people, even though those people usually are "Jack Chick" style fundies who reject science.

    There are plenty of 'cautionary tales' not to do stuff like that. One time a whole town labored for a month or so in the UK to shovel dirt on their town's "Mountain" shortly after an "Official surveyor" said it was slightly too short.

    IMO, it would have been far better if they kept Pluto, named the next one "Xena" then just said "Icy asteroid nearly as big as Pluto" for the rest of them...

    I mean, what's next: Should we call earth "Sol 3" like it was Star Wars? And then consider even "Sol" mythological and just make a number that starts in a spiral pattern from the chaotic soup in the milky way, so it's a number in the billions then a dash-3?






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