CNN: “Japan is a Sexist & Repressed Nation of Perverts”

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CNN has followed up on its successful resurrection of the RapeLay furore with yet more eroge muckraking, coming out with such gems of unbiased journalism as “It is terribly easy to condemn Japan as a sexist and repressed culture with a government that chooses to look the other way.”

CNN’s star Japan bashing reporter Kyung Lah, herself Korean, now digs out a leftist academic whose pathetic excuse for a teaching career includes teaching a variety of fluff courses on anime and “Japanese popular culture,” in order lend weight to the usual facile feminist critique of Japan as being a hellish nation were women live in abject bondage as mere sexual objects.

The article:

In the two days since CNN.com posted the story on hentai games (specifically, the “RapeLay” video game), there have been thousands of comments, more than a million page views and many questions about how a culture can produce this genre of games and then quietly allow the industry to thrive.

It is terribly easy to condemn Japan as a sexist and repressed culture with a government that chooses to look the other way. Part of that would be true, but the reason hentai continues to thrive in a country as progressive as Japan is a complex cultural issue.

Kyle Cleveland, an associate professor of sociology at Temple University in Japan, teaches a course called “Youth and Deviant Subcultures in Japan.”

Yes, there is enough material to fill an entire university level syllabus. Cleveland explains that the outrage from critics is borne through the prism of their own cultures, a Western sensibility with an entirely different cultural norm than what exists in Japan.

“Japan is a patriarchal society. It has been historically and remains to this day,” said Cleveland. “It’s no surprise that this is expressed in mass media and pornography. The moral entrepreneurs that are scrutinizing Japan have both a feminist history and cultural tradition that is simply not in play in Japan.”

According to the 2009 World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap report, Japan ranked 101 out of 134 countries, called abysmally low by women’s groups considering it is the world’s second largest economy.

“What you have in Japan is policymakers and politicians who are in some ways blind to these issues because you have a relatively male-dominated, elderly political class that was raised under a different set of gender norms and have never acknowledged the feminist critiques that have become integrated in American and Western consciousness. There are whole sets of non-issues that are not raised for political debate in Japan, so they don’t filter into the consciousness of most Japanese people,” said Cleveland.

But they are becoming issues in our borderless digital world. Japan’s Gender Equality Bureau of the Cabinet Office told CNN that the government was aware the international community is outraged by the games.

The national government is considering making possession of child pornography illegal — currently it is not. But this possible change to the law is due to outside pressure, not internal protest.

Cleveland says Japan has some of the most heinous examples of child pornography in the world. “It’s a country that has been held to task by the U.N. for human trafficking and exploitation of women.”

“Japan has ways of expressing sexuality that are practically indecipherable to a Western sensibility but that are so normalized in Japan that the Japanese don’t often understand or acknowledge the critiques that are made against them,” Cleveland says.

Cleveland believes the international debate will pressure Japan to amend its laws, making it harder for hentai games to be sold and distributed. He believes Japan will not comply for moral reasons but because “it’s politically expedient.”

But he cautions those who are appalled to take a look within their own culture.

“What provokes people about Japan is the cultural distance which inclines people to see Japan as exceptionally lurid or perverse simply because it expresses sexuality in ways outside of Western norms. Japan is in some ways not that different than other cultures, including the United States, which has its own gender problems that are quite apparent.”

Incidentally, the reporter responsible for this latest bout of muckraking, a Korean born American named Kyung Lah, was sacked from her previous broadcasting job after a scandal erupted over her cheating on her husband with her boss.

She also admits in an interview that she thinks “about the larger question of being Korean every single moment,” or in other words that she is most probably infected with the Korean hyper-nationalism which frequently manifests itself in irrational hatred of all things Japanese.

Just why CNN would think it is appropriate to have a feminist adulterer and Korean nationalist engage in a smear campaign against Japanese culture on its network, all by way of a resurrecting a year-old story whose main effect seems to have been encourage illegal downloads of a game now pulled due to feminist pressure and in any case never released outside Japan, is an interesting question.

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  • Anonymous says:

    I met a Mormon missionary from the US in Osaka and asked him what he was doing in Japan. “I am here to give the people hope” he said. When I pointed out that the US had more murders by far than Japan. More lived in poverty. More single mothers…He seemed unconcerned.
    I guess Japan will have to get back to invading other countries and dropping more bombs that it might be worthy of respect ?

  • Anonymous says:

    Female here. Just like to say that this article is stupid and, while I’d probably never play a game like RapeLay for myself, I think banning games like that is idiotic. Same with banning the lolis.

    ‘Sides, what’s wrong with a little rape in a game? Saya no Uta had it. Hell, it even had loli rape. But it was still an amazing game.

    **** you feminazis!

  • Anonymous says:

    Need I remind people that at one time people having sex outside of marriage were called perverts?

    That homosexuals were called perverts?

    That blacks having sex with whites were called perverts?

    “Perversity” is slang for someone doing something that you do not personally like and think that you have the right to keep them from doing, in order to ‘protect’ someone as the usual justification, as in the case of pedosexuality.

  • Anonymous says:

    Someone seems to be tampering with the votes on this page for “Should Japan ban sexually violent video games?”:
    http://www.cnn.com/WORLD

    Search for Quick Votes to find it.

    In less than 40 minutes earlier today, I saw the YES side jump up by 1000+ votes. So now the NO votes have dropped down to 61%. Basically someone is cheating just to create an excuse to harass the Japanese.

  • Anonymous says:

    I dont think it’s a USA problem as much as a CNN problem, when you consider they missed out the point that instead of a game you can get porn moovies made in USA with the same overall theme “fantasy rapes” from vendors in the USA, and that this moovies have a very large following of adult americans.

  • Anonymous says:

    I haet artifact for writing all this crap about “leftist moralists” and stuff. Hes a moron.

    Not every feminist is left-winged. And not everyone form the left is a feminist.

    But, i guess Artifact is a lunatic libartarian >.>

  • Anonymous said:
    Seems pretty damn accurate. Japanese society is pretty damn archaic. And the newer generation is just filled with confidence-less otaku loser males and over demanding women.
    Japan is doomed.

    The world is doomed and don't need to add the otaku there to apply it to the world.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think the Otaku in Japan are pathetic. I may have a extremely large figurine collection, and a dakimakura or six, BUT I have a job and I am a functioning member of society. I’m not some desperate repressed loser.

      • It’s the parent’s basement NEETs that are the problem, and they’re relatively small in number.

        Where do you think most Japanese otaku get their money from?

        Just because they don’t have any desire to date any of the abovementioned overly demanding women doesn’t make all of them jobless bums that mooch off of their parents to feed their hobbies.

  • Anonymous says:

    Seems pretty damn accurate. Japanese society is pretty damn archaic. And the newer generation is just filled with confidence-less otaku loser males and over demanding women.
    Japan is doomed.

  • Anonymous says:

    RapeLay is a special kind of SICK on a subject matter level, just as garbage like Tsuki ~Possession~ (http://web.archive.org/web/20060816030910/http://www.shadatannis.com/other/tsuki.html), but thankfully it isn’t quite representative of the whole of Japan’s eroge industry, in the same way rape itself isn’t the most usual kind of sex they have over there.

    … That said, “raping in Japan is like saying hello!”, lol rofl.

  • DefiantOne30 says:

    I’m disgusted by this reporter and CNN. When they first denounced Japan last week on Japan’s video games, I posted that they had not done adequate research on this subject to be vomiting out these half-truths.

    They censored me. I posted nothing inappropriate, no foul language, no threatening talk. Here you can read for yourselves.

    “It’s very interesting that Cable News Network decided to show only the half of the story that vilified and demonized this Japanese industry. They first failed to point out that the porn industry here in the states is so much larger than Japan’s and that simulated rape is done with real people instead of with drawings.

    Second, they decided to cut off the British couples interview when it turn out that a woman that played the game was not offended by it.

    Third, they failed to report that Japan’s sex crime rate is far lower than the US’s. In a study done by the United Nations it was shown that while the US had 32.05 rapes per 100,000 people, Japan only had 1.78 per 100,000.

    Fourth, they spoke of the easy and free accessibility of these games. One, they are not free, so their statement that children could get a hold of this type of content is false. Accessibility is by credit card which no child should have.

    I am not condoning violence against women. As a man, I detest men who have so little self-control that they would harm a woman in anyway. As a person who seeks knowledge, I detest people who do not disclose all the facts before opening their mouths and vomiting garbage out of millions of television sets.

    There are thousands of gamers, both male and female worldwide, who have told Equality Now to mind their business and focus on real violence against real women, not trying save 2/dimensional imaginary women that are not real. Their crusade to impose their will on people, not just in Japan but all over the world, is their way of telling people you have no right to think for yourselves. They also imply that anyone who plays any sort of game is so weak willed that they will go out and do whatever they did in a game. I hope that anyone that reads this comment appreciates the whole truth and not the half truth brought into your homes by this news article. Thank you.”

    They refused to post it. When I asked “Why?”, no answer, not a peep. CNN is trying to mess with the wrong bull(gamers, you and me), and they’re about to get gored.

    We, gamers, defeated this dragon, EN, before and we can do it again. This time it will be more difficult though because they made an evil alliance with a cyclops, CNN. Now we have two opponents but we will succeed again.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think it was “vomiting garbage” that got you there.. believe it or not it’s not considered polite language.

      Also, I don’t understand the whole idea that if a private news company wants to make a story where they report on some weird shit that’s going on in some country X, they are not allowed to do that unless they also simultaneously report on vaguely comparable shit going on within the United States.

      In fact it looks like it would be pointless if they did, since you are all already so aware of everything that’s happening in the US…

      Greetings from Japan.

  • Anonymous says:

    The way I see it is as most of the people who have commented. I live in America. The adult industry in America is worth 4 billion dollars yet nobody has any porn. And those of us who have it and don’t try to hide it a wrong? Conservatisum at it’s finest.

    In any case, the way that the Japanese express themselves sexually is their business. They don’t complain at us for what we have going on.

    It should also be noted that Japan as with most Asian cultures is not rooted in Christianity. So in retrospect they don’t have the heavy moral guidelines to weigh them down. As far as child porn is considered. I agree that it shouldn’t be exploited.

    Allow me to make that starkly clear. I DO NOT approve of sexual exploitation of children or women or anyone! But the rules in other nations are different.

    But, have any of you haters seen an average Japanese woman? She is short, average to small breasted and youthful looking. In fact most Japanese women look like they are 16 well into their late twenties, early thirties.

    While in most VN and hentai girls are between 14-17 the reason for that is the same reason why monsters were used to rape females instead of men. Objectification. A man does not have to respect a school girl as he would his wife. It’s a pass. In most cases a woman is pretty much full grown between those ages. The age distiction makes it ‘okay’ to treat the girl badly.

    This is the reason why H material sells so hot, because it’s fiction. Because a man can take his frustrations out on the fictional woman. Though this is not always the case.

    Is this wrong? By western standards and ideals yes. Do not forget that first Europeans to settle North America were zealots escapeing the English church because their idea were too extreme.

    The Japanese social structure is such that it is not repressed as much as the America system, they are just private about it (in some senses).

    But the biggest ‘problem’ is, is this wrong? I don’t think that we, as a species and as a country have a right to assail another country for how they handle their affairs. We are still animals. What sets us apart is our ability to not act like animals.

    If a digital girl, who was solely drawn or rendered to be a sex object, keeps a man from grabbing someones daughter, sister or neice and violating them. Then I think that one girl has been saved from emotional scarring and damage.

    We have not evolved to the point as a species that we can actually do anything other then punish or jail people or try to help people via therapy. We are getting there, but it is a very long way off.

  • DefiantOne30 says:

    I’m disgusted by this reporter and CNN. When they first denounced Japan last week on Japan’s video games, I posted that they had not done adequate research on this subject to be vomiting out these half-truths.

    They censored me. I posted nothing inappropriate, no foul language, no threatening talk. Here you can read for yourselves.

    “It’s very interesting that Cable News Network decided to show only the half of the story that vilified and demonized this Japanese industry. They first failed to point out that the porn industry here in the states is so much larger than Japan’s and that simulated rape is done with real people instead of with drawings.

    Second, they decided to cut off the British couples interview when it turn out that a woman that played the game was not offended by it.

    Third, they failed to report that Japan’s sex crime rate is far lower than the US’s. In a study done by the United Nations it was shown that while the US had 32.05 rapes per 100,000 people, Japan only had 1.78 per 100,000.

    Fourth, they spoke of the easy and free accessibility of these games. One, they are not free, so their statement that children could get a hold of this type of content is false. Accessibility is by credit card which no child should have.

    I am not condoning violence against women. As a man, I detest men who have so little self-control that they would harm a woman in anyway. As a person who seeks knowledge, I detest people who do not disclose all the facts before opening their mouths and vomiting garbage out of millions of television sets.

    There are thousands of gamers, both male and female worldwide, who have told Equality Now to mind their business and focus on real violence against real women, not trying save 2/dimensional imaginary women that are not real. Their crusade to impose their will on people, not just in Japan but all over the world, is their way of telling people you have no right to think for yourselves. They also imply that anyone who plays any sort of game is so weak willed that they will go out and do whatever they did in a game. I hope that anyone that reads this comment appreciates the whole truth and not the half truth brought into your homes by this news article. Thank you.”

    They refused to post it. When I asked “Why?”, no answer, not a peep. CNN is trying to mess with the wrong bull(gamers, you and me), and they’re about to get gored.

    We, gamers, defeated this dragon, EN, before and we can do it again. This time it will be more difficult though because they made an evil alliance with a cyclops, CNN. Now we have two opponents but we will succeed again. Keep up the fight.

  • Anonymous says:

    what happaened to judge yourself before you judge others? he without sin my throw the first stone. it’s getting so that these days people are quick to critics others but refuse to look in the mirror at that wicked creature they have become. I know people who say that their a fallower of god, go to church every sunday yet go arround treating others like shit. what happened to ‘Do on to others as you have others do on to you?’
    As for CNN, they distorte things but not as bad as fox. at less their not blantly obveious.
    if this aired on fox that last part of the interviuer would have been cut and the rest doctered.

  • Anonymous says:

    If you all would actually *read* the article, you’d see that CNN is saying Japan is NOT “a Sexist & Repressed Nation of Perverts.” The actual quote, taken from the article, is “It is terribly easy to condemn Japan as a sexist and repressed culture with a government that chooses to look the other way. Part of that would be true, but the reason hentai continues to thrive in a country as progressive as Japan is a complex cultural issue.”

    They go on to explain that the Japanese may seem like perverts according to the western world but that’s a misguided view and “cautions those who are appalled to take a look within their own culture.”

    Again, a direct quote.

    The article ends with “Japan is in some ways not that different than other cultures, including the United States, which has its own gender problems that are quite apparent.”

    tl;dr

    Read the fucking article before jumping on it. When you call people stupid for not examining things closely after not examining things closely, you reveal yourselves to be the idiots you really are, which is not really a bad thing – except when you’re pretending to be intelligent.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hear hear. I was very disappointed with the original post, I expect a better standard at sc.

      Also, note to other posters: this is not a competition about whose country is the best/worst. It’s possible to like some aspects of a culture and criticise others.

  • It’s sad to not see Korea and Japan get along better, as they’re both very fascinating cultures.

    Anyway, while I believe in freedom of speech, like and am interested in Japanese culture, and don’t like generalizations of porn and Japan and anime and such, I do agree with some of the things said here.

  • Anonymous says:

    The article brings up a lot of valid points (Japan isn’t “perverted” whatever that means, but the lack of equality for women in work, family and everyday life is horrendous, there’s no excuse for that. 99% of females in anime/dramas are weak and pathetic, and even the strong or independent ones secretly need a man to come and take care of them…) but obviously no one would notice that under a post that seems to think that it matters one bit what has happened in a reporter’s personal life years before she wrote an unrelated article and assumes that she’s racist just because apparently you are as well.

  • Anonymous says:

    I’d argue that a country with a far lower crime rate than the US is already a better country.

    Maybe Japan is a country where people can, you know, work out the difference between fantasy and reality, and America is full of child-like retards who think they are one and the same

    • Anonymous says:

      QFT
      Though these few years will surely be quite a ride not just for those 2 but for the whole world. Let’s just cross our fingers and hope America won’t attack China in the nearest future… but then again, maybe we should cross fingers and hope that it will, giving the rest of the world a good reason to invade the U.S. while it’s too busy bombing China :3

  • Anonymous says:

    I never thought the day would come when I would be defending CNN. They’re almost as bad as Fox News, for fuck’s sake. Still, here I go:

    “It is terribly easy to condemn Japan as a sexist and repressed culture with a government that chooses to look the other way. PART OF THAT WOULD BE TRUE, BUT THE REASON HENTAI CONTINUES TO THRIVE IN A COUNTRY AS PROGRESSIVE AS JAPAN IS A COMPLEX CULTURAL ISSUE… HE CAUTIONS THOSE WHO ARE APPALLED TO TAKE A LOOK WITHIN THEIR OWN CULTURE.

    WHAT PROVOKES PEOPLE ABOUT JAPAN IS THE CULTURAL DISTANCE, WHICH INCLINES PEOPLE TO SEE JAPAN AS EXCEPTIONALLY LURID OR PERVERSE SIMPLY BECAUSE IT EXPRESSES SEXUALITY IN WAYS OUTSIDE OF WESTERN NORMS. Japan is in some ways not that different than other cultures, including the United States, which has its own gender problems that are quite apparent.”

    Those that are bolded are the parts you SHOULD have read; they illustrate the *actual point* of the article in question.

    That point, in case you were wondering, was:

    “It’s easy to say Japan is a nation of perverts, but that isn’t correct. They’re quite advanced, socially speaking. Their sexuality is just different from what we typically see in the West.

    The issue is that now, in the digital age, people are starting to freak out because such a taboo subject (sex) in our society is being not only magnified but changing to incorporate all these new culture’s definitions thereof. Sometimes it works out, but at other times the transition is jarring. Isn’t that interesting? Let’s talk about it, since we’re a fucking news channel and that’s kinda what we do.”

    I guess it’s too much to ask trolls to read more than an inflammatory headline, think critically as they read and form their own opinions afterwards. :/

    Then again, this post will probably go the same way as the article – unread, because it’s far too long for people trying to bang out a quick “Japan is perfect and people who don’t worship the ground their esteemed people walk on are idiots and losers.”

    Fucking weeaboos… Can’t you think for yourselves, even a little bit?

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you anon, my thoughts exactly. I don’t understand the original poster’s hatred towards the academic — I thought she was being very reasonable.

      Also, I happen to live in Japan and I think it would suck to be a woman here. Would love to hear a girl’s opinion on this, but I doubt any are reading.

  • Anonymous says:

    CNN started a Quick Vote on this page for “Should Japan ban sexually violent video games?” here:
    http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/?hpt=Sbin

    Do a search for “Quick vote” on the page and you will find it right away. Voice your opinion by clicking “NO” because it’s none of their business, and furthermore Japan already banned this content last year!

  • Cultures and religion will never be fault. As they were just ideas crafted or made for human to follow which most of them is for good.

    But the believer itself(Human) is the one who use it on a wrong way.

  • Anonymous says:

    This is another example of idiotic, ignorant and narrow-minded media at its best. To start with:

    “Japan is a patriarchal society. It has been historically and remains to this day,” said Cleveland.

    -Well, that and almost every other country in the world, yours included too.

    Cleveland says Japan has some of the most heinous examples of child pornography in the world. “It’s a country that has been held to task by the U.N. for human trafficking and exploitation of women.”

    -Last I heard, child exploitation wasn’t just confined to Japan, what happened to the other child-unfriendly countries then?

    “What provokes people about Japan is the cultural distance which inclines people to see Japan as exceptionally lurid or perverse simply because it expresses sexuality in ways outside of Western norms.

    -Er…Western ideals aren’t the only ones around, you know. Nor are they always the best.

    Well, that’s my side.

  • Anonymous says:

    People need to start countering this misinformation with correct information. It isn’t a goddamn “game” like grand theft auto. It’s PORN I keep seeing people talk about the goddamn children and how their parents should watch them better. You can find LOTS of fantasy rape videos which AREN’T illegal, so why the hell should a interactive pornographic video be?

    Seriously they’re trying to put this under the guise of a “game” similar to mortal combat and grand theft auto so they can get support and money, when in fact it’s just fantasy porn which you interact with!

    Spread the information that this is an interactive fantasy video, no it is not a game which you play casually to have “fun”.

  • Anonymous says:

    stupidest article ever

    I don’t know about you people but my highschool had like 15 pregnant chicks, and majority of kids where fucking each other, and thats in the school, out of school is worse =/, I hate cnn

  • Anonymous says:

    I think there was a term called “It’s none of your business”.

    I do not know why Japan allows the US to make criticisms on their own culture; because essentially what the US is doing is “imposing” their western unto them on the basis of “moral” grounds.

    I’ve seen episodes of Star Trek that tackled this issue of culture vs morality vs civilisation vs international relations. Apparently CNN doesn’t get it; if a culture has established itself as such, and there isn’t much trouble brewing up, might as well live with it. It’s not like “apartheid” or the “holocaust”. There isn’t anyone getting killed as a result of this culture.

    CNN seems to want to point out other country’s problems and choose to ignore their own set of problems. People forget that Africa isn’t the only country with malnourished children, and Japan isn’t the only country with a twisted porn industry. The US has a share of both.

  • Anonymous says:

    Why am I NOT surprised at this comment, unfortunately the “good ole US of A” seems to think it is ok to criticise other countries for their “failings” [in their eyes certainly not mine] as if they hold a gold + moral seal on society.

    Personally America annoys the crap out of me, sorry I will rephrase that, the politicians of America annoy the crap out of me, as I come from their “lapdog” the UK.

    Why can’t people just clean up the crap they have in their own countries and leave the rest of the world to do their dirty laundry themselves [assuming the said country has any in the first place]

    This is not an anti American post as I have friends from many nations the USA among them.

  • Anonymous says:

    Funny thing is that here in Brazil we have a sexually open culture, where women who say they are “right” to display more commonly than the prostitutes themselves who make money with your body, and nobody to this day controversy has not done about it. Ero-games are a part of Japanese culture, other countries should not try to interfere with that. Where is the political freedom of the countries that are obliged to maintain a “standard” worldwide on topics that have long been treated as natural?

  • Anonymous says:

    Perhaps Americans feel that their live porn industry is being infringed upon…or maybe they are jealous that their bloodlust, having real life consequences, is not considered as kinky as fictional H? I don’t need to look far to realize that the USA has several issues to work on before churching the relatively tranquil Japan.

  • Cleveland sounded pretty sensible to me. I feel a bit sick as a man every time I see a woman pour a drink for a man in anime. The oppression it represents is just disgusting.

    Doesn’t stop me from enjoying raep hentai, though 🙂

    • Azure Xuchilbara says:

      I hate watching women get killed in anime since I think it’s a bloody waste of a cute girl…

      But that doesn’t stop me from popping a boner and fapping to their corpse though…

  • Anonymous says:

    I see that they have nothing else to report about regarding home affairs. After all, we already know that close to 10% or so of America’s working population is unemployed, or as they would say it “lazy bastards”, the whole Republican rage over Obama’s Health Care Bill ids starting to die down a bit and they don’t really seem to care what else is going on in their own country anymore.

    So what do they do? They go the ‘Fox way’ and make up stories that are guaranteed to play on people’s basic emotions. Anything with the words ‘child’ and ‘porn’ will surely create a huge flame war among the overly worried parents who are too busy with work to actually care for their offspring and leave their babies in the hands of people you can trust less than your average stranger.

    The biggest reason for this “hate Japan” business is because they don’t understand the country’s culture, morals and values. They only see the excesses and not the good stuff that comes from Japan. And making a sensationalist story will still attract more viewers than a well-thought out, balanced and properly investigated story where both sides can defend themselves equally.

    Of course, every country has a few skeletons in its closet, Japan is no exception. But why do outsiders feel the need to tell other countries what is right or wrong? I’m sure the country itself can do that just fine.

  • Anonymous says:

    I see someone’s been taking their “how to avoid libel” classes.

    ie: It’s terribly easy to condemn Kyung Lah as a syphilitic whore of a woman who can’t get an orgasm without murdering a dog. Part of that (specifically, the part about being a woman) would be true, but why she’s still employed at CNN remains a mystery.

    • Azure Xuchilbara says:

      Some serial killers actual cum the moment they kill their victims…Kinda like a wet dream…

      That aside, she’ll get what’s coming to her if this affects the hentai community…

      Karma’s a bigger b*tch after all…

  • Anonymous says:

    “the reason hentai continues to thrive in a country as progressive as Japan is a complex cultural issue.”

    So all they’re trying to prove is that everything that isn’t they way America wants it to be is an ‘issue’?

  • “Japan is a Sexist & Repressed Nation of Perverts”
    – does it took CNN so long to realize ? (only joking:)

    Why they don’t look at Islamic countries before they mess with Japan.

    And if Japan is sooo bad, why do they have such a low crime rate ?

    They are only jealous because they don’t have Miku 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    their statements have points but it isn’t necessarily true. jp is underpopulated i think they need that stuff. or maybe jp already found something that’ll surpass love for the flesh maybe they’re evolved beings, they adapt fast enough.

  • Anonymous says:

    To be fair, Japan is pretty perverse. No way around that one.

    Also I think this hilarious. Along with the larger porn industry, America has higher a rape rate.

    Funny shit. We get all kinds in America. Too bad only the fucking annoying ones seem to get heard.

  • 国之常 さくら says:

    How dare Kyung Lah shuts her eyes to sex crime in her motherland. While the more they bitch about other countries, the more they become prominent that they are flippant ethnic on the rest of the world, and the more they lose their own confidence between countries.

  • ceressculd says:

    I think it’s a war of politics and economy. Condemning others just to get more to themselves. Porn = penis (sometimes) + vag. What makes it different if it’s just longer of bigger in size?? porn is still a porn.

  • Anonymous says:

    I wonder if this retards aren’t committing some crime.

    I know that defamation can be a crime depending the how and where and saying that japan is full of child porn and that it is legal there and that its a disgusting country in an official matter while talking as an expert on the matter seems pretty serious if that is all bullshit.

  • Anonymous says:

    I just cant understand those feminist as they put all the blame on Japan. Isnt that the person who wanted to play those game is also their own country citizens.
    If they cant even control their own people, Why should they even try to but into others people problem.

    (Sorry for poor grammar)

  • Anonymous says:

    I support Japan’s eroge/hentai industry no matter what genre is involved…Futa, guro, loli…

    I care not for what the rest of the ignorant world thinks…

    They don’t know what their missing anyway~

    VIVA LA HENTAI!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    this made me laugh because the feminist’s are allway’s raging about some really dumb crap that really isn’t there business in the first place and they really mean to rape the item that is so called deemed offensive and really i just laugh at them for making such big deals over nothing

  • Anonymous says:

    “…have never acknowledged the feminist critiques that have become integrated in American and Western consciousness.”

    And thank fucking Christ for that. Whatever gender inequality issues Japan has are infinitely preferable to feminism.

    Also, this article is stupid and probably 90% factually inaccurate.

  • Anonymous says:

    It’s rather funny really, people find it in themselves to be outraged at a videogame, yet the fact that you can quite littelary buy a child in some of the poorer countries to do with as you wish goes unnoticed

  • Anonymous says:

    Alternate title for the CNN piece.

    Attention American Moral Faggots:

    Japan isn’t a nation cowed by religious fanatics who will never set foot into their country to spout bigotry and intolerance.

    We have to shame Japan into pretending to be moral like us…just don’t let them know how hypocritical we are or they might not take us seriously.

    Remember fucking over japans artists is more important than restricting our out of control corporate greed which is rotting this nations soul from the inside out.

    Lovingly yours: YCO Your Corporate Overlords.

  • Anonymous says:

    So the head of a certain country is found out to have covered up the sexual assault of thousands of people over his lifetime…and Japan is the country run by fucked up old men?

    The priests in the catholic church are “well intentioned pedophiles” but japans drawings are vile sinful and we must follow the words in a book written by farmers and goatherders that says said pedophile king is infallible and force our christian bigotry…I mean superior morality on them?

    We must show them proper christian morals…aka how do excuse pedophilia using the holy bible.

    Pope: has his priests go on child rape world tours and he’s holy great and awesome

    Japan’s politicians: let drawings of space alien robot animal princesses having futa sex get published and they’re evil heathens.

    Maybe the pope will go to japan personally and convert everyone to shotacon……catholicism.

    The countries spiraling down the economic abyss so the solution has to be spend our money prosecuting people who have drawings that make us uncomfortable in our pants.

    PS CNN hasn’t been a news network for around a decade.

    Their “news programs” are jackasses reading and reporting on bullshit like debates between #obamaizantichrzt, #endofworldnobama, the psychotic that runs redstate, a discredited journalist, a washed up journalist, a budding journalist who realized he made a terrible career decision by signing up to that network, a drug addicted homeless man, and a random guy walking down the street all in an octobox while larry king ponders how a man that looks like a turtle can still have sex with young women.

  • Anonymous says:

    CNN is also called the Communist News Network. CNN, ABC,NBC and CBS have announce that they are liberal network and are democratic party supporters which are leftist.
    Not once will CNN tell the truth about Mr. Obama. Why would you expect CNN say something good about Japan.

  • Ero-Kurage says:

    And how about your own violent country where everybody does not need to have their own gun and your govt also choose to look the other way too ! Why US always want to change other country’s culture ? I am sure they would love to march into any country like they did to Iraq in the name of helping them to reform or liberate them, while US actually has the shortest history or culture when compare to the countries they invade.

  • The whole point of the article was to get the reporter noticed by combining:
    A. A weird foreign country we don’t understand
    B. The incendiary terms “child pornography” and “rape”
    and
    C. Live in fear because this will spread like bird flu

    Reporters don’t care about facts, they care about ratings. Notice how she conflated real rape and child pron with drawn versions. 20 years later every report on anime in the UK talks about nothing but “tentacle rape.” It’s as if Lain and Miyazaki don’t exist.

    I notice that when journalist themselves get caught for having actual child porn or stalking underage children it gets a tiny article on page 134, at the bottom, next to the cheap furniture ads.
    A few links for those interested in our proud and pure journalists and how they boldly carry the fight to those filthy child pornographers:

    http://www.wor710.com/pages/6426664.php?
    http://tinyurl.com/yhk66g5
    http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1P1-89060152.html
    http://articles.latimes.com/2006/oct/10/local/me-bernsen10
    http://tinyurl.com/yhpjxy8
    http://tinyurl.com/dmxqmy
    http://tinyurl.com/yjy8xoz

    And it didn’t take much googling to find those.
    I suggest we ban ALL journalists. It’s for the children.

    And as a side note, about 7 years ago it was estimated that over 80% of the child porno websites were operated by the FBI and other agencies as sting operations. In other words, if you want real CP, then law enforcement is your best source.

  • Anonymous says:

    Americans are the biggest hypocrites in the world anyway. Especially since many people still think the recent medical insurance policy change as a socialist scheme. Only country in the developed world where you can go bankrupt from medical expenses.

    If I recall, I did hear in the previous year or two, the porn industry in the U.S. alone grosses about 12-13 billion.

    Also, when a Korean is regurgating an American article, it carries little weight in Japan anyway.

  • Anonymous says:

    “Japan is a Sexist & Repressed Nation of Perverts”

    CNN really needs to look into their own “country” instead of talking crap about other places.

    “USA is a Plastic & Repressed Nation of Egocentrics”

  • Anonymous says:

    god this kinda shit bothers me so much, find something better to do, god that’d suck ass if they somehow mad japanese ban h-games. I’m talking visual novels here. I don’t care about lolis or stupid shit like real kanojo (tho i did like the boob physics in that).

  • Thanks for pointing out that it’s still Lah doing the muckraking. At first I was thinking “CNN you idiots, what happened to the days when you used to check your facts?” (still do, sadly…) but then I saw her on the report and remembered seeing her on other sensationalist fluff pieces.

    It would be interesting to see how CNN handles allegations of Lah’s racist tendencies.

  • Anonymous says:

    Let’s see….A million page views and thousands of comments? I wonder how many of those comments were in support of bashing Japan and how many were telling CNN and EN to go slug a hot mug of STFU… It wouldn’t surprise me if the comments are moderated too, you know, just to fuck up the balance.

      • Anonymous says:

        He’s right sadly, Japan’s society is repressed and screwed up, womens rights are still not that great, and it’s spawned the largest group of depressed hikkimori’s on the planet, and Japan’s society spurns otakus and hikkimori’s. I don’t want censorship of these games, but the fact that they are popular enough to be produced on a large scale points to there being a problem, the games are the symptom not the cause tho. Hikkimorism is caused by Japan’s hypercapitalist, competitive and ultra conformist society. So it’s kinda funny all these otakus and weeaboos jump to defend a nation that would look down on you cause you’re different.

        • No society anywhere in the course of history has achieved a Utopian status friend. There are bound to be tons to problems attached whenever we humans start to congregate together. Japan’s got it’s own share of stuff but that’s no reason for CNN to start treating it like North Korea. And isn’t what CNN and the West doing exactly the same? Aren’t they looking down on Japan just because it’s different?

  • Anonymous says:

    Japan does have a problem with misogyny but their porn industry is not really a symptom. But then again the USA also has it’s own misogyny issues.

    Though the USA isn’t as bad as Japan in regards to equality it still has a ways to go before criticizing anyone on issues like this.

    • > – Initializing acceptance of command.
      > – Going through analysis of command.
      > – Warning. Warning. Program is not responding.
      > – Program is closing down.
      > – Analyzing reason for the crash.
      > – Reason found: Feminazis being as always stupid.
      > – Command can no longer be initialized due to stupidity of feminzais.
      > – Brain is overheating. Please shut the system down.
      *Stabs feminazi with knive in the head*

      ^The way a feminazis brainz works. xD Or rather. The way it’s programmed. xD

  • Anonymous says:

    I would like to see one American cartoon as deep as Lain, evangelion, ghost in the shell, such as those. I would like to see American games deep as nocturne, persona 1-4 and such. Sure Japan does some crappy thing but they are some pretty deep in culture

  • Anonymous says:

    What is this crap? we got more important news to worry about. What about the war in iraq? what about the health-care bill obama passed. If you ask me, i’d say they only reported this shit seeing it’s a slow news day. This kind of shit shouldn’t be reported on tv to give feminist and would be feminists another reason to hate japan and any other nation based on culture. Something like this should be reported on the web.

  • Anonymous says:

    I don’t know if Japan is a sexist and repressed nation of perverts but, for your information, dear CNN, Brazil really is a sexist nation and we Brazilians aren’t repressed even a bit. Look at our Carnaval, beaches, music and everything else produced by our really hot people… and, shame on us, nine-years-old prostitutes and children raped by their fathers or stepfathers or other close relatives.

    As long as all of we are human beings no matter the country, I think there are sexist and repressed or unrepressed people worldwide. Even in the USA, dear CNN.

    I cannot judge Japan because we Brazilians still fight against the sexual misbehaviors and criminal behaviors and have a somewhat long way to walk. I believe Japan fights against their share of the same thing their way, be it with hentai or not or what the hell else they created inside their heads.

    The problem isn’t Japan-wide, Brazil-wide or USA-wide. It’s worldwide. And I believe a whole nation can’t be judged by few or many individuals’ actions.

  • Anonymous says:

    good works, CNN. Keep saying that japan is a country full of deviant people cause a few ones play eroge

    way to make japanese peole hate westerners (and japanese otaku supposedly giving a bad image to japan) even more

      • Tex_Arcana says:

        Yeah!
        They need to show the US they mean business. Start a trade pact with Germany, Introduce conscription, and attack the US fleet in the pacific!

        I mean, what’s the worst that could happen?

  • Anonymous says:

    No denying Japan isn’t perverted and repressed, but it’s not as though America isn’t repressed also. Any place that isn’t Amsterdam is wrong. I want prostitutes and drugs flowing like water dammit!

  • Anonymous says:

    Its Not America that is fucked up, Its the LEFT IDEOLOGY, They want to repress what they cannot control, LEFT PPL Are pure idiots and they have no understanding of what society and pop culture desires. those who bash this comment are ignorant, I am an American and though things like this are shunned upon, it does not give me the right to shun another countries method of bringing in capital. Anime is one of many things that come out of Japan a Capitalistic Free economic society, that feeds on what society wants. What have the Dam french given to society SHIT. kthxbye :]

    • Anonymous says:

      Angry anon is angry.

      Left or right, don’t forget Godwin’s Law about Right-bent government sticking noses in peoples’ business. Extreme in either direction, right or left, is bad.

      Still, the 3rd largest stockholder of nuclear weapons and larger army-per-capita than the US, France, needs some verbal defense once in a while. In an attempt to curry to a American worldview, the French have given you:

      1) The statue of Liberty.
      2) The word and concept of “entrepreneur”
      3) Company working benefits
      4) Most types of Capitalist expensive food the CEOs like eating
      5) Retirement plans
      6) Pasteurized food, meaning all those horribly unhealthy things you eat. Yeah. France gave the rich snob food, AND the peasant slop food too.
      7) America as a free nation as they fought the Brits along with the States for States Soveriegnty (appreciate the French or go back to England, you Yank.)
      8) Impressionism, a art form that has sold billions of dollars worth of art from its style alone, much of that in the States or would eventually reach there.
      9) They gave Saddam Houssein, the dictator Americans put in power, technological benefits as a show of support for the States back when he was popular

      AND of course, # 10, for the anime crowd:
      10) France gave us Charles de Sade, inventor of the concept of Sadism, without which the BDSM genre of hentai would be far, far behind where it is today.

      So, Mr right-wing commie british diseased poor uncultured traitor, (according to avoiding anything french, at least) I present to you my case. You can’t preach tolerance, then attack an entire country like France. Tolerance for all.

    • Tex_Arcana says:

      The French did give society the notion of independence from monarchy, as well as material and mercenaries to enforce the US’ independence.

      More recently, they gave us creme brule, an alternative to Hollywood when we really needed one, most of the world’s serious medical research, and the FA-MAS assault rifle, used in metal gear solid for no good reason.

    • erochichi says:

      I have moderate left political opinions. Please look my posts, you see everybody is not alike. It is not true that everyone who do not belong to religious right-wing is automatically communist or accepts all feminazi`s say.

  • Anonymous says:

    Folks, realize that the U.S. media does not represent the U.S. as a whole, much as it would like to pretend it does.

    Realize that companies like CNN exist for one reason only. To make money, by selling advertising. If that involves sensationalist pap as in this instance, and the people running CNN think it will get them money, it gets shown.

    Thinking CNN somehow represents the attitudes of the average U.S. citizen is comparable to believing “Benny Hill” was a documentary on everyday British life.

    • Even if you say that, American viewers lap that shit and believe anything on TV. Media’s purpose should be to correctly inform in an objective manner to the people so they can make their own decisions.

      Sad it came to this.

      • Azure Xuchilbara says:

        Righteously said, yaku…

        Although the rest of the hick-minded people of the world will eat anything that CNN and other news vomit out of their mouth…

        Ah well…In the end, we hentai fans will rule this planet…

        • Azure Xuchilbara says:

          Kidding aside about world domination, I accepted the fact that I am a greedy bisexual sexfiend with a fetish for waki (Touhou and Anime), loli, futa, 80’s classic porn, shota, toddlercon, yuri, rape, guro and anything else in between…

          All of them 2D (aside from 80’s Classic Porn) for the most part…

          The ignorant people who will not embrace their sexual fetishes are pretty much all the self-righteous fools at Equality Now and UNICEF…

          Japan is no different from America or any other country in the world…

          They just have a sh*tload of awesomely different ways to get turned on…

          Like German BDSM Fantasy Porn or American Rape and Snuff Fantasies, the Japanese are into 2D hentai…

          Ah well, I can only hope that someday the countries of the world will respect and accept each others sexual kinks and fetishes…

          It may not happen in my lifetime, but for the sake of future hentai fans, I hope it will happen…

        • Rule the planet, lol

          Well every single person on Earth has sexual fantasies, kinks and libido. It’s a matter of how accepting you are of the fact that you are no exception.

          I wish people would stop demonizing sex and the naked body, the reason life is created and the way we came into this world…

  • Anonymous says:

    What they don’t know is that a large portion of America’s population is right in the middle of all thats being looked down on in this article. I mean, the only reason we don’t have these games is because
    1. 3d is not very attractive
    2. We don’t have animators and voice actors in the porn industry.

    I wonder what would happen if hentai died out in Japan. The entire digital community would be in panic and chaos. How big is our digital community anyway? I don’t mean people that use the internet, but the people that are now connected to 2d in a way that they can no longer imagine what it would have been like if they never met anime.

  • Anonymous says:

    They called Japan a “sexist and repressed culture with a government that looks the other way”.

    Of course it is. Why else would we come to this site, except to enjoy the stories about the weirdos marrying their anime/manga pillows and leering at the latest 4chan babes?

    Because there is far more to Japan than they realize: a rich and vibrant culture, poised between age-old tradition and an almost futuristic view of how things could be.

    Anyone could point a finger at a single aspect of a society and say, “Look at this! How wrong it is!”. Should the US be condemned for things like the homeless and urban crime? No! We’re trying to deal with it, as best we can. So, before you knock the Japanese for what they do, look at yourselves and remember the old saying, “There, but for the grace of God, go I.”

  • Anonymous says:

    Stupid american people who don’t understand how japanese women work.
    Being in Japan for a few years, I can tell most japanese women’s goal in life is to get married and not work, this is why they don’t even study properly (and their last wish is to go against this).

    This is of course not what american feminists (including koreans working at CNN) want, but in this case she might understand both sides in Japan are not ready for gender equity (most women here are useless at work, and couldn’t care less anyway – as soon as they find a groom it’s finished)

  • Anonymous says:

    America please shut the hell up

    Americans belittle anything not american
    Americans are so fucking arrogant
    Americans culture is shallow
    Americans teens are out of control
    Americans are sheep so easy to control
    Americans are narrow minded
    Americans women obessed over mans height and muscles
    Americans males are hypermasculine beer drinking pigs
    Americans don’t care about male issues
    Americans cover up church rapes
    Americans are controlled by media
    Americans use the media to get the world to hate blacks, spanish, etc/ anybody not white. How do you think Japan, korea, china gets those stereotyped images of blacks… American media

    American media likes to start chaos by getting blacks and white to hate each other. The media keeps showing crap about how blacks or asians are killing raping and white man starts thinking OMG “lets kill them yackers” American media also let thug channels like BET happen so blacks can be even more stereotyped. WHITE GOVERNMENT WANTS BLACK TO STAY THUGGED OUT!!!

    Now shut the fuck up America. I see why the world fucking hates you.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ignorance is bliss. Pl lease don’t act like the American media someone caused racism. America isn’t anymore racist than countries in Europe or Asia.

      So do I just need to say anything bad about America to get my comment rated up?

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    • That’s all you got?
      Let me tell you who the bad guys are. They’re us. WE BE BAD.
      We’re the baddest-assed sons a bitches that ever jogged in combat boots. We’re three-quarters grizzly bear and two-thirds car wreck and descended from a stock market crash on our mother’s side. You take your Germany, Spain, and France, roll them all together, and it wouldn’t give us enough room to park our cars. We’re the big boys, Jack, the original, giant, economy-sized, new and improved butt kickers of all time. When we snort coke in Houston, people lose their hats in Hong Kong. And we’ve got an American Express card credit limit higher than your pissant metric numbers go. Our country’s never been invaded because I’d like to see the needle-dicked foreigners who’d have the guts to try. We drink napalm to get our hearts started in the morning and eat railway track like pretzel sticks. A rape and a mugging is our way of saying “Cheers.” Hell can’t handle our birthday parties. We walk taller, talk louder, spit farther, fuck longer and buy more shit than you know the names of. I’d rather be a junkie in New York City than King, Queen and jack-shit of all you other countries. We can project power all the way to the fucking Moon and if it wasn’t for us, half of you would be speaking German and the other half Japanese. We eat countries like yours for breakfast and shit them out before lunch.
      There.
      Satisfied?

    • Anonymous says:

      Kid, you’re sticking everyone together and calling us all the same, but we’re not. Some of us actually have sensibility. Sadly, it’s mostly the retarded ones that work in places like Fox News and CNN, so they’re the ones getting heard. It may SEEM like they represent a good portion of us, but the truth is that they don’t. Sadly, you don’t see that being portrayed in the news these days, do you? Cuz, according to them, our very president is a socialist and japan is full of nothing but pervs to senseless ot even question their culture.
      Funny.
      I’m not seeing it anywhere.

  • Anonymous says:

    More nonsense from the feminist mainstream media.

    “Oooohhhh, Japan promotes raping young girls! Perverted sick men who play these games will go out and rape our baby daughters!!! We must put an end to this perversion !!!!!!111”

    UN Rape Rates per 100,000
    Canada: 78.08
    Australia: 77.79
    USA: 32.05
    Sweden: 24.47
    UK: 16.23
    France: 14.36
    S. Korea: 12.98
    Germany: 9.12
    Russia: 4.78
    Taiwan: 4.08
    Japan: 1.78 <—– THIS

    SO WHERE WOULD YOU RATHER LIVE LADIES????

  • Anonymous says:

    “Japan has ways of expressing sexuality that are practically indecipherable to a Western sensibility but that are so normalized in Japan that the Japanese don’t often understand or acknowledge the critiques that are made against them,”

    ignorant fuck!!! she has fucked up generalization of the western sense. clearly she doesn’t know about western otakus who can “DECIPHER” the Japanese sense of sexuality and how Japanese deliver it(on 2D of course)….and she should’ve visited 2ch(though she need a translator) to know how Japanese response to the critiques before she rant.

  • Anyone sides me that all this shit going towards Japan is a bit stupid

    considering it being one of the most “sexually liberated” countries in the world.
    Fetishes, Kinks, Shinks as stupid as this may sound pick your poison and die happy

  • Anonymous says:

    Funny how they mention the gender gap in earnings. There are lots and lots of articles here which point out that it is not just the men earning all the money, but also the women who have chosen to be there to earn the money for.

  • Anonymous says:

    You know, I’d consider Japan to be less sexually repressed than the USA. Based on the fact that Japan has more outlets for any kind of sexual interest, combined with the extremely judgmental and black and white attitude towards sex in the USA, and last but not least the actualy rape etc figures when comparing the two.

    I think Japan is way better off.

    • And yet despite the prevalence of so much ‘smut’, Japan’s birth rates are ever-declining, while the US’s is ever-rocketing skyward. They must be doing something right over there.

      • erochichi says:

        Isn`t world population too big anyway? Even in Japan. Trying to solve problems of economy or question of how to pay old ppl`s retirements with growing population numbers will only move this problem to quite near future when it has only gotten worse.
        Only solution is too keep birth rates in containable level, in time the balance will be better. Other way, nobody will like to experience what happens instead.

  • Half the time it’s hard to understand what Equality Now or CNN are saying with the politician’s cocks in their mouths.

    Hypocrisy is hypocrisy, no matter what fancy words you use or rhetoric you spout. Neither CNN or EN are reliable as sources.

    • How can they? After all they are usually being gangraped by politicians. If they’re good at at least one thing then that’d be taking cocks up their holes and shit bricks xD All they ever sprout is complete nonsense but it is moral fags who are narrow minded that we’re talking about so it’s no surprise xD

      On a side note lol I haven’t had so many replies in a post for months.

  • Is this anything new? US is always trying to descalificate Japan in any possible way. Now, being almost all pornography industries in the US, this is hypocrisy lol!

    And, of course, the ratings will go up at any crap that expose an escadalous (being true or not) fact to the audience.

  • HentaiCat says:

    Not this again…

    You know I was going to let the daddy issued lesbians who call themselves “feminists” slip away to theyr own destruction but now I see there is just no stopping them…

    This is getting interesting (maybe becouse I’m drunk)

    There is no other way than establising union of those who use logic instead of some half assed morals NOT “mens club” or anything but a solid and well equipt with logic ‘people hood’ something like a brother hood but not just for males!

    This cannot go any further we all see the issues and not just the ones right here their everywhere! The ones that are cousing them are as evil as the things they speak of! NO MORE IRRATIONALISM! We must use LOGIC not presumptions! And ill see to that one day “Feminism” WILL BE A THING OF THE PAST!

    You whant a better world then you shall have one where everyone can live a good life then you shall have one!

    • Imitating a femifag: “LOGIC? What’s that? It doesn’t stand down vritten in teh dickcionariez of femifagnazisgroup kolled Equality (NOT) Now.” Lol I made them go DERP retards xD Engrish was intentional. xD

  • Anonymous says:

    The article seems to be gone, the majority about how porn is “evil” is such a stupid and crazy notion within itself. However they are correct in saying that Japan is a very sexist society, the thing is, it seems like they have a “perverted” view of what feminism itself is as well considering that most of the women who act and star in these games/porn aren’t forced to do it either..

    • erochichi says:

      In 2D ( i include 3D hentai here)women characters are forced by sketching pen, final line drawing, scanning & coloring and whole CG processing to final product.
      In U.S. porn some women are sometimes forced to act by using their need of drugs.
      Dont try to tell me there is no U.S. porn in which women are roughly treated.
      Same goes to Japan, unfortunately. I really don`t like that kind of porn. 2D, no prob = hentai wins.

      • Anonymous says:

        There’s a difference between doing it out of wanting a career and doing it for drug use. What you’re saying is that some in the industry is forced into it through slavery because they need to treat their drug habit?

        That might be true half way, but not the full truth for the vast majority of people in the adult entertainment industry, if that’s how you see it though then your logic is flawed.

  • Anonymous says:

    Oh would you just fuck off. I moved to Japan because I wanted to go to a country which isn’t completely stained by faith based concepts like “Equality”.

    Why can’t they leave other countries alone and worry about themselves. Japan still is one of the most wealthy countries after all, so whatever they do, it works.

    These news make me genuinely rage.

  • Anonymous says:

    ups I misread the title of the post: “CNN is a Sexist & Repressed Nation of Perverts”

    […]Japan has ways of expressing sexuality that are practically indecipherable to a Western sensibility[…]

    Western sensibility?
    How can a country who droped TWO nukes over Japan care about sensibility

  • Anonymous says:

    that whole distance thing just implies a new kind of racism for the 21st century. and hating on our “distant neighbors” is CNN’s formula and has been ever since the gulf war. ah, how sweet it is to captivate the masses with racism. thanks for bringing this to light, Artefact. another nail in washed-up CNN’s coffin.

  • Anonymous says:

    So Japan is a “repressed nation of perverts”, HOW THE HELL IS THIS NEWS, shouldn’t this website confirm that this is true.

    Also, LOL @ everyone who tries to defend Japan, by claiming that the U.S is just as bad or worst.

    I will never take the side of a feminazi, HOWEVER there is some TRUTH to the article, for everyone who comes to this site on a daily basis should know that there are SERIOUS problems in Japan.

  • Meido_Rawr says:

    Well, since you asked… (all beyond this point is personal guesses.)

    The US is considering an internet censorship bill. CNN is in favour of the bill. They keep demonizing Japan because they keep alluding to the internet as being the only way mainstream western culture has access to Japanese culture (such as hentai games.) In the case of Rapelay, had it not been for the internet, the game would haven’t have found it’s way to western shores. So all this stuff against Japan is pro internet censorship. Well, at least that’s what I think.

    • They would have to censor nearly the entire internet if they wanted to stop Americans from having access to Japanese culture. They could block all Japanese sites in fear of Americans viewing hentai but that won’t stop someone from Europe uploading hentai torrents for Americans to download now will it?

    • Anonymous says:

      Internet censorship?

      Yeah if they try that I can guarantee a lawsuit will be filed before it passes and it’ll get nuked easily.

      It would be such a violation of the 1st amendment and also, how the hell are they gonna do it?

      The US isn’t smart enough to stop most computer hackers last time I checked.

      Also, piss off CNN. There are other things to worry about than Japan’s whatever

      • Meido_Rawr says:

        I’ll point out again. I’m not agreeing with CNN, but simply pointing out what I believe their stance to be. If you want to argue this, take it up with CNN, not me. I’m on your side.

    • cooldown3 says:

      Hi Meido_Rawr,

      I think internet restrictions “keep us in” rather than keep others out.

      It is a big loss for us if we have it inflicted on us.

      Patrick Henry [a great american patriot at the time of the revolution] would ask ifthe government is here for the good of the people, or are the people here for the good of the government.

      Cheers,

      Patrick

    • Anonymous says:

      The standard feminist argument would be “but it’s still made for the pleasure of men and it’s therefore offensive to women and girls”.

      Of course, they don’t bother to even consider the logical fallacy that arises from this situation, but then again, who said that feminism needs critical thinking? Think of the children!

      • Anonymous says:

        Main audience for Yaoi happens to be heterosexual females in Japan.

        With only a small portion of that audience actually being gay males. They much prefer bara or gei comic instead.

        (And Yaoi eroge has a fairly respectable target audience all things considered.)

  • cooldown3 says:

    Hi All,

    Nobody has mentioned that CNN has a smaller TV following than the cartoon network. LOL Seems we do like anime.

    Only big scandalous headlines get easily noticed and when ratings fall they find some.

    Cheers,

    Patrick

  • Anonymous says:

    Well it’s probably true that Japan is the most sexist economically developed country in the world to the west if you actually see what happens in Japan. The women aren’t repressed but their are certain values that would be seen as sexist to the western world.

    However that doesn’t mean that women are mistreated and I do believe that there needs some tinkering with child pornography laws but before that they should look at other laws. For example if you were a japanese women and lived outside of japan and moved back to japan the husband would have no way to even have the right to visit his children. In the end all countries have there issues especially the states.

  • I’m Korean descendant yet I’m not going around shoving my agenda down people’s throats. Yeah I know all about the shit Japan did in the past and how they omit it in their textbooks. That doesn’t mean I’m gonna go ballistic over the fucking porn industry or jump at any chance to make Japan look bad.

    It baffles me the stupidity of these “comrades” of mine with their extreme nationalism. Give it a rest, morons.

    And fire that retard already CNN; no quality employees in your company I see. God I can’t understand why shitty people like her get a job instead of sensible logical human beings.

    • eh, its not naturally in us Koreans to hate, its the developing environment of SOME Korean homes.

      Still though, would really help to downplay those old hatreds if Japan made more sincere attempts to reconcile.

      • Dude, no person “naturally” hates anything, I was indeed talking about those kids that get brainwashed over shit they personally had nothing to do (be them Japanese, Korean or American) which frankly piss me the hell off.

        As I see it, Japan (and any other country really) will always hide their flaws and dirty laundry, especially to its own citizens. My home country (which is not Korea) does the same, Americans do the same. “Foreigners are the worst thing to happen to my country”; Ethnocentrism at its best when it comes to nationalism.

        The good thing is that with the global communication and historical records, we can know we’re all full of shit. Japan will never reconcile about anything because for them the best country/culture/language is their own. It’s best to leave the hate behind while not being ignorants, it doesn’t mean we don’t know they went batshit nazi in the past just that we can do better things than pass on hatred.

  • Hey CNN, instead of being moralfag to a nation trying to be themselves, How about you look at your own nation's take on pornography. You'll be pretty amazed WHERE THEY GOT IT FROM!! God, all this over fictional women and Japan has one of the lowest rape rates. This wouldn't be a problem if it wasn't for CNN and the moral media crusade on fictional material. And the notoriety of their porn industry DOES NOT MAKE THEM SEXIST OR A REPRESSED NATION. If that was the case then the US is more so than Japan.

  • I’m from Quebec, where in my own lifetime, it was not possible for women to inherit. Yep, not some weird shit from Japan or yet another Muslim thing.

    Remember it’s Christian to think Eve is the cause of all our ills eh. Original anti female crap and not some other nation or religion like Islam.

    Then you have the whole ‘a woman’s place is in the kitchen’ a truly North American mind set.

    You know why North American men don’t fantasize about lifting a woman’s skirt and freely fucking her on public transportation? Well for one, wearing feminine clothing went out of fashion here, and too many of the women in North America look like artificial sluts.

    Maybe if our women tried harder to look untarnished and not loose, we’d fantasize more about them too.

  • man, they only forgeted that a cultural diference can’t be resolved with a “strike of pen”(aka, change of law). It have to be dealed with understanding of both sides. Blame a culture just because they are diferent is completely ridiculous. And what CaptainFawful say is completely true, lol.

    • erochichi says:

      I will continue to blame certain cultures for their flaws, like islam for cruelty against women in many ways, America for fanatical religiosity & weapon fixation(goes for islam too), British, Finns and Russians for alcoholism and so on. CNN has useless arguments against Japan, because they don`t really know real ones.
      Harmless differences are not to blame.

      • Anonymous says:

        It is illegal for Japanese to sell porn that doesn’t censor the genitals. I’m not too sure why that law exists, but someone supposedly said it was because of the US making them implement such a law from WWII.

      • RopeXPantsu says:

        Censoring genitals is pretty stupid in the first place. Censoring genitals IN A MOTHERFUCKING PORN MOVIE is absolutely retarded.

        Although, I don’t like the usual fixation on genitals in western porn movies. Covering a lot of strange niches, H-mangas are a lot more interesting than the generic penis-meets-woman shit you can buy in western sex shops.

        • Anonymous says:

          Guess who created the Indecency Laws for Japan that forbid the display of public hair and genitals. That’s right, western puritan culture.

          We want to make them even more draconian when it comes to sexuality by banning more things, even though the US and UK all have uncensored pornography.

          These people are just bullies in disguise, attempting to make themselves feel better.

        • erochichi says:

          U.S. porn is mostly penis getting sucked because male actors can`t get a hard-on in other way. Then comes standing fuck from behind, you see plenty of fat male back.
          I can find a lot of hentai in which censoring is very thin, almost nothing. What am i doing wrong?

      • Anonymous says:

        No sane politician would try to push such a change in the law. Anything that risks upsetting the primary voting population (ie 40+yo people) reduces the chances of being re-elected.

        But we all know that politicians care more about the people than about being re-elected, right?

        • Anonymous says:

          This is inherently true in democracy. The whore of a reporter that made this article even knows that.

          ”He believes Japan will not comply for moral reasons but because “it’s politically expedient.””

          A politician who bans smut not because Japan wants it, but people outside Japan. Yet, since smut has a negative connotation to it, it only helps the politician in it’s reelection IN Japan.

    • Rethardus says:

      I need to point out that American journalism isn’t even there to point out facts. It’s there to entertain, and the mass wants something to blame on.

      Now that games are becoming more and more accepted, it’s time to blame Japan I guess.

    • Anonymous says:

      you retarded, its not about the porn industry. its about the child porn… and japan is thriving on that…. and gender inequality.. damn weeaboo’s… you’re the most phail on the planet.

    • Anonymous says:

      Pornography in the U.S.A. is not so predominantly about rape and pedophilia as to be almost unremarkable within the genre.

      While the issue is often exaggerated, there is a core of truth: Japan is a culture at war with itself, and this seeps through in a lot of ways, not the least of which being its entertainment.

    • What makes me laugh harder is that stupidity kills more people than cancer every year (via accidents & other mishaps), yet no one is proposing restrictions or a ban on that. And to propose a ban on such a limited niche market subject matter is ludicrous.

      I think the biggest freedom we have in America is the Freedom To Be Stupid. :\

      • Anonymous says:

        The stupid don’t ask questions and don’t care about answers. They’ll just take what’s given to them and go back to being idiots. its taking the quote “ignorance is bliss” to the utmost extreme. It’s easier it control something when a majority hates it just from what other people said. It’s more apparent in the culture of the US. Where A LOT of Americans hang on to false idols and believe their every word eventhough it goes from simple ignorant bias to down right insanity and most of them are from CNN and FOX. Just because at one time these were the most informative news channels don’t mean a thing now since damn near everything they say has the spice of bias behind it and its the ignorant masses that HAVE common sense mind you just suck it all up. They want to be apart of something but because they turned on the wrong channel they ended up listening to some crackpot who’s getting paid thousands to troll on national TV.

        Like you said our biggest freedom is the freedom to be stupid…

    • Anonymous says:

      I am pretty certain EN is trying to reignite outside support so they can change a nation’s domestic policy.

      What about the Koreans in North Korea? The Iranians in Iran, Chinese in China, Tibetans in China or a number of actually suffering people instead of paper and lead lines. Or perhaps the Somalilanders in Somali-land instead of the suffering Somalians in Somalia.

    • There’s several other reasons to be laughing HARD:

      1.- An American-Korean speaking of Japan (a country she has NEVER been in the first place)
      2.- America is WAY worse in the porn industry in the sense it does all kind of kinky things and easily accesible to almost anyone (aside from the internet of course)
      3.- “Japan has ways of expressing sexuality that are practically indecipherable to a Western sensibility but that are so normalized in Japan that the Japanese don’t often understand or acknowledge the critiques that are made against them” So Japan making porn for Japanese is wrong?, logic at it’s finest indeed.
      4.- “Japan’s Gender Equality Bureau of the Cabinet Office told CNN” NO WONDER!, THEY ARE INVOLVED IN THIS!, I WOULD HAD NEVER POINT IT OUT! GOSH WHAT A SURPRISE!
      5.- “Cleveland says Japan has some of the most heinous examples of child pornography in the world. “It’s a country that has been held to task by the U.N. for human trafficking and exploitation of women.”” Philippines, Korea and China actually held the record in kid prostitution; although if you’re talking about rapes and murders, don’t look at america, or else they’ll kill you for staring funny.
      6.- “Cleveland believes the international debate will pressure Japan to amend its laws, making it harder for hentai games to be sold and distributed.” LOL yeah, right, like if that will stop them… making something illegal just makes it more spicy and talked about, and with some internet magic ACCESIBLE TO ANYONE EVERYWHERE ANYTIME.

      And so on…

      • Anonymous says:

        “An American-Korean speaking of Japan (a country she has NEVER been in the first place)”

        You mean Korean-American. But yeah she is a CNN correspondent to Japan and has experienced living in Japan.

        In reality, Korean criticize right-wing Japanese “politicians” than Japan itself. As a white guy who taught English in Korea, I don’t know why generic white guys never know this fact. Live in Korea for few years. Most of the anti-Korean sentiments would be gone.

        As for Kyung Lah, I think of this in a very different light. Somebody needs to criticize corrupted Japanese politicians and Kyung Lah is at least doing this. We need Kyung Lah for minor reasons. That’s it.

      • Anonymous says:

        “1.- An American-Korean speaking of Japan (a country she has NEVER been in the first place)”

        if you are talking about the reporter, she lives and works in Japan and has reported on many Japanese stories.

      • Anonymous says:

        Please, Japan’s pornography contains a wide variety of bestiality porn that is legally available, the Japanese sex industry is AT LEAST as perverse and kinky as America’s.

        Why, however, drawn porn depicting rape and/or fictional underage characters should be more immoral than any real-life porn is beyond me.

      • Anonymous says:

        nah cleaveland does makes sense from what i got from this statement
        “Japan has ways of expressing sexuality that are practically indecipherable to a Western sensibility but that are so normalized in Japan that the Japanese don’t often understand or acknowledge the critiques that are made against them,” is that they dont acknowledge the criticism made against them by the western community makes sense with the comments by 2ch from the past year.
        but if you look at the last paragraph it also makes sense that he clearly shows that america too has some serious issues to pressure japan in terms of their cultural values

      • Anonymous says:

        Shut your mouth asshole. The stupid bitch reporter was Korean but I don’t hear you saying fuck all the Koreans. Stop with the US bashing. It’s a CNN problem, not a US problem.

      • Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous 12:09 04/04/2010

        You mean lowest REPORTED rape rate.

        As the article suggests about the patriarchal society inherent in their culture, women would be fearful about reporting rapes, yes? I mean, if there’s anything I’ve learnt from hmangas, you can rape anyone as long as you have photos of them being raped and have the means to distribute it quickly should they try to accuse you, then by all means, rape away!

      • Anonymous says:

        For some reason people always think of Americans as a singularity where every individual’s hearts beat as one. So whenever some American retard made some stupid statment. They always go, see? Look at them idiotic Americans at it agin.

        Please use your common sense instead of following some retarded group mentality just because it’s trendy to bash them yanks. America is composed of billions and billions of different voices and opinions speaking at once. It’s next to impossible to find any other society that’s as diversed as that of American’s on the planet.

        Chances are there are just as many Americans who agree with your point of view(regardless if your view is right or wrong) as there are against it. Also realize that just like in any human soceities on earth, the individuals who speak the loudest are usually the ones who are the dumbest and the most fucked up. While the more sensible part of the society generally stay put and not get involved. In short, the loud mouths are generally the retards whom weren’t suppose to be taken seriously in the first place.

        • @ 18:35: Then maybe you shouldn’t take that retarded slander that is besmudging the name of your country sitting down, and instead see to getting boycots, protests or other forms of resistance against this sort of nonsense organized?

        • Anonymous says:

          I guess people assume that other people with some kind of authority represent a larger group of people. So american news = the voice of a large group of people.

          I don’t know…

        • Anonymous says:

          “Billions and billions” was refering to all ideas/opinions/words expressed by Americans through out their history. They are all as similar as they are different from each other.

          It’s to reflect how American has as diverse of opinions and voices as many other country on the planet.

        • Anonymous says:

          Billions and billions of voices?

          Try: 308,996,000, that’s the current estimate, seeing how the census is still underway at present. Previous total was 281,421,906 in 2000.

          Now India with 1,179,069,000 (estimate) or China with 1,338,612,968 (estimate) can boast about having over a billion voices.

          😛

      • hey. shes korean. unfair comment. its common for asians to bash each other. just look at how the chinese treat the japanese and the net war korea and japan on the chan sites…..maybe even more sites..point is let her talk shit. just remember that america is full of immigrants and that we are all different. we spend a shitload of times bashin each other sometimes -_-.