Photos of Nude Children in Akiba: “Bring It On, Agn*s!”

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Photographs of naked girls as young as 6 are being sold in Akihabara, with signs in a shop challenging none other than Japan’s top moral crusader Agnes Chan: “Bring It On, Agn*s!” – the situation, and the photographs, can be inspected below.

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The book, “Human Motion,” is on sale in Akihabara bookshops, and the the shelves bear the legend:

“Buy it for your sketches, right?! Honestly!! Bring it on, Agn*s!”

The book includes both nudes and the all-important school uniform and sukumizu…

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It is of course a perfectly innocent book intended to help illustrators needing to familiarise themselves with infant anatomy, which as any properly trained artist knows includes nudes (and apparently also scenes of undressing and school swimwear).

Meanwhile, at the other end of the country Osaka’s Nipponbashi bookshops seem to be doing a roaring trade in the tomes, though without the provocative marketing:

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Although for some inexplicable reason not photographed, the book also features similarly instructive pictures of little boys – in fact boys aged 0, 2, 3, 4, 9 and 12 are featured, whereas girls are only featured at ages 6 and 12.

Jealous Americans tempted to whine about the perversion of the Japanese should note that Amazon.com and other major book retailers have long been unrepentant sellers of books of “artistic” nudes featuring at times provocatively posed pubescent boys and girls – nudity and pornography are two quite different things, a fact repeatedly affirmed even by US courts.

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