Outrage as Politician Mocks Lady Mangaka for Opposing Ban

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A pro-ban politician has outraged manga fans by publicly exposing and then ridiculing a BL mangaka who put her name to an anti-ban petition sent to him.

BL mangaka Eiki Eiki, coincidentally the granddaughter of former PM Noboru Takeshita and the big sister of singer Daigo, apparently put her name to a petition opposing the recently passed restrictions on the sale of “unhealthy” anime and manga.

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The petition was presented to LDP Tokyo metropolitan assemblyman Masatsugu Mihara, a vocal advocate of the ban, who of course completely ignored it, having previously dismissed all such opposition as “meaningless.”

However, rather than leave it at that he proceeded to all but identify Eiki by name on his site, ridiculing her and suggesting she should be careful what she writes lest her grandfather see it:

“I received a lot of objections to the revision, but what caught my eye was this next one.

A lady calling herself the granddaughter of former Prime Minister Takeshita wrote to me, and she writes manga so she didn’t want any increased censorship.

The last thing I said to her was ‘Would you show these extreme manga to your grandpa [the former PM]? Write your manga using your own judgement as to whether your grandpa would be angry.'”

His crude remarks to the mangaka and his exposure of her identity on his website soon caused outrage amongst manga fans, and before long his homepage, and the offending remarks, mysteriously disappeared.

When the previous rejected version of the ban was being criticised in June, he obliquely accused ban opponents of attacking his offices (naturally the entry has also since disappeared):

“I got a call saying my office had been done over. I hurried over there and there was a fist-sized hole in the front window, and lots of glass and a stone inside.

The police asked if I knew anything about it, but neither me nor my secretary had any idea.

However, I did have one doubt. When the revised youth health ordinance was being deliberated, I was for it and received a lot of letters, calls and comments on my homepage about it.

Lately it escalated and I’ve been getting a lot of meaningless objections saying ‘I won’t support the LDP any more.’

Withdrawing support is the most pressure anyone can apply to a politician, it doesn’t get much worse than that. Surely, it couldn’t have escalated further…

I’ve been a politician for 17 years now. This is the first sort of pressure of this sort I’ve seen. However, I will pursue righteousness. I absolutely will triumph in the end!!”

Critics point out that the “Sanya” area of Tokyo he reports the incident occurring in is already notoriously rough.

The message from ban proponents has consistently been that they will ignore any complaints or petitions, and even industry pleas for negotiation, all in the absence of any popular demand for a ban with national consequences – so much for Japanese democracy.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    03:55 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This is exactly what one would hear from... the chinese government or north korean.
    "I will pursue righteousness. I absolutely will triumph in the end!!"
    HIS concept of righteousness, that is.
    In a democracy, you don't rule for yourself, you rule for the people.
    I still can't believe japanese people let individuals like this one, making those sorts of remarks (not to mention homophobia and prejudice against otaku from Ishihara) to still be representing them.

    The fact that these guys are still on their jobs says to me that the people he represents has the same ideals of righteousness.

    But of course, people are not interested in defending mangakas, otakus among others. Just you wait 'till he pursues righteousness in other areas... because people like him won't stop after they already trampled over minorities.

    Most stuff I read coming off of their mouths so far would be far than enough to force them out of their jobs.

    If japanese people are eager to get more politicians with balls to do stuff, here's a protip: This is not the right path to follow.

    There's a huge difference between taking shortcuts and trying to show balls by trampling over minorities and being disrespectful to people who never done harm, and actually having balls to do the right things.

    Actions like the ones taken by these politicians will only take the japanese economy further down the hole.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:36 20/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    While I do agree with you...how can you miss the most obvious culprit for this kind of speech? USA is known as the Wold Police for a reason. Still is.

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    Comment by Shaolan-kun
    09:15 20/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Someone much smarter than me has written:

    "They came first for the Communists,
    and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

    Then they came for me
    and by that time no one was left to speak up."

    When any politician boasts about "righteousness" and "triumph", I feel a shiver down the spine.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Old quote is old. get a new one, why don't you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:59 22/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If it's an accurate description/metaphor then it's an accurate description/metaphor. No need to get another one then.

    Or in other words, if it isn't broken, then don't try to fix it. You'll only fuck things up.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Most Japanese are spineless worker ants, they will not oppose the "queen's" will.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:33 20/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    All talk and nothing more. They should be glad the Japanese government isn't like China's asshole ways, but it's getting there like many others. If they're this spineless now, Jesus Christ I pity to see how they end up if it was.

    Comment by Rashid Hasbun
    04:24 20/12/2010 # ! Neutral (-0.3)

    Bush didnt say similar words about war on middle east?

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    Comment by kajunbowser
    06:05 20/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.3)

    go somewhere else with that crap. We're having a (somewhat) grown-up discussion here.

    Comment by Rashid Hasbun
    12:17 20/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    kajunbowser start to talk about "grown-up". we are talkin in an anime portal so the "grown-up" kind of comment is out of place. we are talking from the perspective of anime fans.

    If the guy didnt like ths "Bush" mention, well, bad luck, cause for me the "I will pursue righteousness. I absolutely will triumph in the end" sound pretty much like his external politic.

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    Comment by Sylar
    00:49 30/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And that politic was shit also. Everyone knows Bush was full of shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:06 20/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well your avatar is retarded, your probably the same.

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    Comment by Homu Improvement
    10:35 20/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't see where in that comment was their any mention about anime, comics or games. Though it's possible to have a "grown up discussion" about those things. Though I guess it would depend on your definition of "grown up".

    Comment by Rashid Hasbun

    cheer up dude, I´m not the one saying "grown-up discussion here"

    like discuss about animated series, games and comics/mangas is a "grown-up" issue.

    Comment by Rashid Hasbun

    grown-up like your avatar?
    so mature.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    03:53 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Counter Attack; If the politicians ignore our petition, we can just ignore their senseless bans.

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    Comment by steph
    04:40 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    what a fucking asshole. she isn't a child, she's an adult, and she can make whatever kind of manga she wants. what does her grandfather have to do with this anyways?

    Comment by GodMan
    04:46 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Now that just shows that the ban is nothing more then the government trying to take over the city, theres a conspiracy. I love how loyal Eiki's fans are, thats true devotion. I see this ban is soon going to end, which is why I'm not that worried. Even now a group of otakus might be planning a revolt, and I fly to Japan to support them.

    Vive Le Anime!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:04 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Japan is not a democracy... it looks like one, but it is not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:15 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Just like Venezuela.

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    Comment by alidan
    05:18 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    or america

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    Comment by Selkie
    05:11 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I don't know what enrages me more about this man: abasing a woman for being a BL- mangaka and attacking her and her family,
    ignoring the whole petition and acting like a close minded three year old or being a jerkass in general?

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    Comment by alidan
    05:19 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    there is a difference between the two?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:16 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Just a note: it is a bit late to involve Noboru Takeshita, the grandfather of Eiki Eiki, since he died in 2000. Not that I know if he was able to read some of her manga and doujinshi before that. But she actually used some things from his career in the backgrond story in her manga serie Prime Minister.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:21 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "I’ve been a politician for 17 years now. This is the first sort of pressure of this sort I’ve seen. However, I will pursue righteousness. I absolutely will triumph in the end!!”

    He should only say that once he has balls NOT to delete his crude remarks from this site.

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    Comment by Marine-RX179
    03:39 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "I've been screwing with people lives for the pass 17 years. This is the first time I come across people who got the balls to confront me. However I will keep on purpsue my self-centered ways. I absolutely will have them sucking my cock even if they don't want to in the end!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:22 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I mean his

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    Comment by Homu Improvement
    03:27 20/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    It kind of reminds me of animal farm.

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    Comment by Misakite
    04:26 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    "All people are equal,
    but some are more equal than others." ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:12 20/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It was Snowball all along my friends, remember, Ishihara, I mean the great Napoleon saw his footsteps near the mill. He will fight for rightfulness, my comrades.

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    Comment by Moga
    03:24 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Disgraceful.

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    Comment by Misakite
    03:07 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The revolution is starting.

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    06:25 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I wonder what the government will do if all of the publishers disobey the law. This could get interesting.

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    Comment by freezero
    06:13 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    okay now we need a otaku version of ezio auditore

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    Comment by The Kiss
    06:16 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You mean, Kira, except with less dying in the end?

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    Comment by dreadx6
    06:26 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I JUST WANT TO FUCKING KILL ALL THOSE IDIOT GOVERNMENT PEOPLE! UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:15 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I wonder if Ishihara has one of those "Anime Villain" laughs like "Kishishishi" or "Zehahaha".

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    Comment by The REAL Lamberto
    06:32 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I bet these politicians are enjoying riding on the "iShitHara Ride". The "iShitHara Ride" is a very, very special ride for those pro-ban politicians and ban supporters.

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    Comment by PewPewPew!
    09:09 20/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    That assemblyman is either too confident that all otakus are passive or really ignorant at the fact that he's forgetting the tendencies that might trigger them to lose it and pummel him like roadkill.

    He has some nerve embarrassing a mangaka despite her peaceful appeal.Makes me wanna empty an entire bottle of liquid laxative onto that guy's drink then get him to ingest the spiked stuff altogether and watch him get dehydrated from all that toilet works.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:00 20/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Or maybe "Haraharahara".

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:48 20/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Now where'd I put that death note...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:27 20/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let Mikami "eliminate" them government officials.

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    Comment by Tremere
    19:26 20/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bloody Eat-Shit-Hara...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:44 20/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Ezio or Altaïr would be more appropriate than Kira, as the Assassins' raison d'etre is safeguarding free will as well as freedom of expression, freedom of speech and so on.

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    Comment by PewPewPew!
    08:54 20/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    An uber gay Templar that is.^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:45 20/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Forgot to mention: Ishihara would make a great Templar... :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:42 20/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Laa shay'a waqui'n moutlaq bale kouloun moumkine. Nothing is true, Everything is Permitted.

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    Comment by freezero
    23:48 23/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    requiesta depache

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:22 20/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Old man of the mountain, is that you?

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    Comment by Travis
    05:52 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I'm not worried, this will only take effect in July 2011, yes? Even the most cynical people have to believe that at least the most basic of human common sense will prevail by then and do away with this ban nonsense. If it does go through and/or these political retards get re-elected, then my god, I'll lose all faith in humanity. Common sense was so two centuries ago, huh? :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:51 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed. Even if these idiots don't listen to the people, the courts will step in and put the smackdown on this thing jokingly called a 'law'.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    10:07 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope this ban will be destroyed before it gets active. Maybe after that, Ishihara can slit his wrist.

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    Comment by Seravee
    20:22 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Viva la Resistance

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    Comment by Marik
    07:44 20/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Hell yeah, bring out the big guns, cause it's beat down time!

    How dare they make fun of manga, and try to 'ban' ecchi....those fapping to porn in front of their laptops every time they're in a meeting government bastards!

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    Comment by Coolham23
    07:09 20/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    This may sound a bit generic, but i've never wanted a Death Note in my life, more than I want one now.

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    Comment by yaku
    08:29 20/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    After mocking one of the best BL mangaka from the business you damn right the revolution is starting!

    What are my fujoshi comrades from Japan doing anyway, letting this bullshit slide.

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    Comment by xRif
    08:37 20/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    a sign that Akumetsu was there

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    Comment by Neferius
    03:00 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    God... I WISH Akumetsu would pay him a visit and go all ritual-suicide on his ass >:D

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    Comment by Pin
    10:48 20/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The seeds have been planted, now we wait for the roots to grow.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:45 20/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where is Akumetsu when you need him?

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    Comment by King Tiger
    08:25 20/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    in "democracies" it's usually the artists who mock the politicians but when reverse occurs is it still a democracy?

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    Comment by Riiku

    They call it "offence" ?

    Oh political world, where pointing finger at someone is considered an offence.

    I'd understood if he called her a nasty whore and advised to commit seppuku, but he just threated to show the pictures she drawn to her grandpa. Gush, that would be terrible. Guess it's like if your dear grandpa cought you masturbating. Are they all that childish?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:00 20/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It's even worse, the senile old fool is seemingly unaware that her grandfather passed away 10 years ago.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:10 21/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most of her manga is actually pretty tame shonen-ai with gorgeous art or crack doujinshi, so why not show him?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:49 20/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    He is implying that she should be ashamed of her work...

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    Comment by Riiku
    20:54 20/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Implying that such a trivial remark is considered offence is ridiculous to me.

    If he think that he can offend someone by that much, then I'd like to look at his face when I tell him that he is senile old fucktard, and anyone approving of his position is imbicilic retard.








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