Japan’s cabinet and Prime Minister have been told they should ban “depictions of sexual violence” by the government’s Gender Equality Bureau, a cabinet level office.
[This follows her complaining that police statistics show a long-term decrease in crimes involving sexual violence – she insists any decrease is because fewer women are reporting crimes to police, though without offering any evidence]
Lastly, there have been media reports about portrayals of sexual violence in advertising, manga, magazines and the like, and even on the Internet.
As a result, Japan has been receiving severe international criticism and this is a major international issue. There are extreme virtual depictions in PC games and similar, and internationally this is really a source of major criticism.
I think there’s such a thing as freedom of expression, but along with the child porn issue I’d like to see the government as a whole institute comprehensive countermeasures.
You really should consider this matter as it affects our position in the international community.
The “international criticism” to which the member refers?
No nation has protested to Japan about its “hentai” industry – in fact the only significant incidences of this so-called “international criticism” have been centred on a feminist group proven to be liars, a UN feminist body closely associated with that group, and a brief CNN muck-raking campaign run by an adulteress inexplicably keen on lecturing others on proper morality.
Japan has genuinely been receiving severe and sustained international criticism over its support for whaling from governments, media and pressure groups alike (all of which it has completely ignored), and yet no members have bothered to push for a ban on whaling.
It seems rather clear by now that pressure for a ban has nothing to do with international criticism and everything to do with the authoritarian tendencies of Japanese politicians intent on strangling the nation’s creative industries out of sheer intolerance and moral hysteria.