80% Oppose Tokyo Manga Ban


80% of Japanese asked whether they support Tokyo’s manga ban report that they oppose it, and a further 81% consider it an attack on freedom of expression.

The survey, published by right-wing rag Sankei, asked 6,399 people (4,305 men and 2094 women) for their opinions on Tokyo’s Ishihara-led attack on manga.

When asked “do you agree that extreme depictions of sex should be restricted by the ordinance?”, 80% opposed the law.

Furthermore, 81% agreed when asked “do you think this law constitutes a restriction on freedom of expression?”

Some of the majority opinions from survey respondents:

“If writing manga which depicts illegal activity is against the law now, then it is not fair to apply the law without also banning all historical and yakuza manga. This is the worst law possible, sure to ruin Japan’s great manga culture. Manga should be free, it mustn’t be censored”

“The Tokyo government didn’t adequately discuss this with the publishing industry, yet passed a ban anyway – isn’t that strange? Also, I am not at all convinced by the Tokyo governor’s prejudiced statements.”

“There is no scientific basis for the notion that if you read sexually explicit manga it’ll turn you into a sex criminal, and there is a major issue with passing a ban with no basis in scientific fact.”

“This is only going to push young people’s access to sexual material underground, and that is sure to have an adverse effect on their healthy development.”

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    Avatar of D.TryPleX
    Comment by D.TryPleX
    18:46 17/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This just shows that the Japanese politicians no longer listen to the people. That's the first step to a totalitarian state isn't it...?

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    Comment by uber phallas
    20:15 17/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    With the Chinese on the rise and bullying Japan, manga is the Japanese people's esctasy.

    Censorship is Fire, not water. It never cleanse, it blackens.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    20:20 17/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Censorship is Fire, not water. It never cleanse, it blackens

    You're speaking the truth, my friend.

    Avatar of alidan
    Comment by alidan
    21:36 17/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    this is off topic but isn't one of away to sterilize something to cook for shit out of it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:24 17/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not just something to forget their problems with. They're also one of the key export industries that would help Japan economically.

    Though one would argue that piracy is making it moot.

    Also, funny to read your comment on censorship, considering you live in Singapore and censorship there is even worse than China. And I thought you loved Lee Kuan Yew? lol

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    Comment by uber phallas
    20:41 17/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't mind it. Since the Government, sorry, with respect are slow enough to not notice that they are censoring the wrong stuff!

    People in Singapore don't care about censorship, since the "Father" is censoring the stuff we are not interested, and yet allows thousands of us to get the uncensored stuff right across the border.

    I was caught once with several uncensored R rated movies but the police don't care, since they watch them too.

    Censorship is evil, in Japan. Unnecessary, in Singapore.

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    Comment by alidan
    21:37 17/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    because in Japan they'll get shit done regardless

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    Comment by Tallgeese_VI
    18:28 17/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I think there are more who opposed the ban outside of Japan.

    Eat-Shit-hara is making Japan a 'joke' by passing this shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:22 17/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    See Ishihara? I told you that people will oppose against it during our fun time at the cabaret-club but nooo, you were too busy groping that loli-looking girl who look young enough to be your daughter to listen. I should have taken a photo and posted that at 2ch!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:11 17/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    didnt you meant grand daugther ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:12 17/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I agree :-D

    Banning manga and anime without further discussions with publishers means making more trouble and disgrace to himself. A dead end pathway to his career as a "highly moral" politician.

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    Comment by King Tiger
    23:49 17/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)


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    Comment by The REAL Lamberto
    23:52 17/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)


    Avatar of minirop
    Comment by minirop
    18:25 17/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    while burying this law, the should also burying the law that oblige censorship on hentai è_é

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:53 17/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Finally, something refreshing to see(after all the negative news regarding the decline of the Anime market and the Youth Ordinance Bill).

    Hopefully, this will lead to more polling in various districts in Tokyo and across Japan and before we know it, we will have a clear picture of what the public really expects out of Tokyo. And I'm pretty certain that public opposition(or petitioning) will take form shortly.

    The Tokyo Government may have ignored the publishers, and the creative factions of their society, but let's see them ignore -Public Opinion-. ;)

    Don't worry guys, this bill is as good as dead before the date of it's launch. This reminds me of how the Tokyo Government tried to ban Hentai and loli, and look at where that turned out to be.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    20:59 17/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    You got that right!

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    Comment by alidan
    21:27 17/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    this fuck nut decided to ignore everyone who started a petitionI don't think you give a shit if someone starts one again

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    Comment by Kyon
    18:35 17/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The genitalias' censorship in all japanese porns is the most stupid, fool, bullshit, and lack of common sense censorship I've ever seen, why the hell would someone censor the sex organ in an adult movie?! Do they thing noone can see each other's penis or vagina?! C'mon...

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    Comment by TFish
    20:39 17/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I wonder if these 80% will actually do anything, besides reelect him, again.

    Avatar of alidan
    Comment by alidan
    21:25 17/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    well the otaku might riot if the manga they liked it canned.

    Avatar of minirop
    Comment by minirop
    18:45 17/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    and there is still the "penis festival" where children eats penis-shaped candies :/

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:03 17/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "Festival of the Steel Phallus" -- now I have a name for a potential music album!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:48 17/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    The penis festival isn't wide spread across Japan, in fact there are many Japanese that have never heard of it. It's pretty much a local thing in it's area and few from out side of Kawasaki, Japan even go to it. See Kanamara Matsuri or Festival of the Steel Phallus.

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    Comment by alidan
    21:20 17/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    there's something there her a long time ago, it was used to explain videogames to people who just didn't understand.

    Imagine American football was brand-new this year, and that videogames were around when American football was invented, which one would be seen as worse?

    Think of all the injuries every year that relate to football in schools and every other negative associated with football and its potential injuries.

    Why just said is kind of relatable to the penis festival, as the penis festival is really really old, whereas I'm assuming manga/porn ( in an easy to access form) is far newer than that penis festival

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    Comment by gau
    19:43 17/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    they;ll say that its a cultural thing and not offensive at all etc... etc... you know the drill... and dont forget the loli wearing fundoshi stuff that were on sankaku complex sometime ago...

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    Comment by shiroki
    19:11 17/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Censorship is actually kind of part of their erotic culture by now lol

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    Comment by erochichi
    20:34 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you look at comics & cartoons in a certain country, you will notice that vagina close-ups are practically non-existent, despite being formally non-censored. Big dicks are plenty, but big vaginas scarce. How come? Self acted censorship to 50%?
    National gay culture prevails. Not against gays btw, but still wondering.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:32 17/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    May be that is the reason why birth rates in Japan is in a All Time Low.

    Avatar of alidan
    Comment by alidan
    21:24 17/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    actually the more advanced the culture gets the lower the birthrate goes.

    it's a commonly documented phenomenon

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:07 17/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    A culture that censors its porn cannot be considered "advanced".

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:51 17/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Believe it or not, a lot of the censorship in Japanese porn/hentai is due to America pushing Christian/Puritan morality on Japan during the writing of their constitution after WWII...so if you want to blame someone for it, blame America.

    What country would start making porn and VOLUNTARILY go "...y'know what'd make this better? If we took out the sex..."

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:23 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Stop regurgitating this lie. The U.S. had absolutely nothing to do with the censorship law, it was 100% Japanese. It was enacted back in the 1800s when Victorian social sensibilities were the norm to show the rest of the world that Japan was "civilized". As the government became more focused on the military they stopped enforcing it.

    After the war was over the U.S. actually insisted that Japan include a free speech clause in their constitution. The old censorship law was discovered by those in charge of writing the new constitution as they pored over the legal code and was reintroduced mainly to give the government control of regulating the porn industry, which had been--and continues to be--a revenue stream for the yakuza. The Japanese cops want the censorship law to stay around so they can keep an eye on the gangsters who are knee-deep in the porn business. Educate yourself on what really happened before you fall back on anti-Americanism as an easy scapegoat.

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    Comment by erochichi
    20:43 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese censorship advocating politicians = yakuza representatives. Ishihara is yakuza`s man! Nobody should be surprised.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:25 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Yeah, mosaic censorship is ridiculous because they censor material that is alread 18+.
    As such, it's the parents/guardians responsibility to keep children away from it.

    Mosaic is stupid, was invented by stupid people and is still practiced by stupid people.
    Stupid people who effectively "ban" harmless manga. This is all about control and power. Nothing else. Moral doesn't exist. It's just a stupid parole for stupid sheep.

    Avatar of erochichi
    Comment by erochichi
    20:21 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That genitalia censorship is LOL.

    But it seems not to be so much against penises... only vaginas. Wonder how those censorship supporters are thinking, they are men too?

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    18:02 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, censorship supporters are all women.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:46 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Kyon are you sure you aren't saying that because you want to look at uncensored Mikuru porn?

    I'm joking. Censorship laws are some of the most nonsensical and evil.

    Avatar of erochichi
    Comment by erochichi
    20:23 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can think of some censorship against stupid politicians and other gore, scat, violence & such messy s¤¤t.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:13 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "Unless there are twice as many men as women in Japan, this poll isn't really representative"

    You're right Anonymous! A truly accurate result can only be obtained by carefully selecting every participant.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:54 17/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ahahah, true man

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:21 05/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hopefully when they repeal this ban they'll repeal that, too.

    Comment by Anonymous

    @Kyon Of course! With the genitals censored, even if children see it, it will be completely harmless! But, yeh on a serious note I totally agree with you.

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    Comment by Ryan Saotome

    hentai without censorship isnt hentai

    Avatar of alidan
    Comment by alidan
    21:16 17/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    ♠ The REAL Lamberto of SanCom! ♠

    actually believe that 20% is legitimately not affected at all by this ban, it's not that their 20% of people who actually want this ban is just that 20% really don't give a shit.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    21:38 17/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This should have been conducted BEFORE passing the bill, morons.

    But matters so little since Ishihara doesn't give a rats ass on statistics and surveys...

    20:49 17/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    “There is no scientific basis for the notion that if you read sexually explicit manga it’ll turn you into a sex criminal"

    But there is scientific basis that Ishihara is a retard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:32 17/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    @Lamberto of blahblah...

    We know Ishihara is shit, but easy dude. Don't be so high every seconds.

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    Comment by alidan
    21:47 17/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)


    actually it was conducted before, or at least versions were before, and they showed anywhere between 70 to 90% against, he just didn't give a fuck

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:10 17/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I agree that the mosaic censorship should go, together with this law. I mean it probably won't happen, but a man can dream, right? :( If that happened, I would be thankful to Ishihara for riling up the opposition, lol.

    Mosaics are really the most retarded thing ever. What kind of mentally defective person would come up with something like this? "Hey, let's censor something for the sake of the people who aren't going to be looking at it in the first place! While annoying those who actually seek it out for the purpose of seeing it! This is a great idea, I love pissing people off, it's so fun!"

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    Comment by Gogetters
    02:12 18/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I would gladly do it myself if it didn't mean going to prison/death penalty.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    19:45 17/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    @Kyon Agree with you big time! Mosaic censorship is totally stupid! Let's obliterate this pathetic ban!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:16 17/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.9)

    80% oppose with mouth but no action

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    Comment by TenguSan
    23:57 17/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    nearly 90% of the 80% wish to see Ishihara burned at the stake

    Edit: give or take 11% ;p

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:22 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    "When asked “do you agree that extreme depictions of sex should be restricted by the ordinance?”, 80% opposed the law.

    Furthermore, 81% agreed when asked “do you think this law constitutes a restriction on freedom of expression?”"

    apparently at least 1% of the asked hates freedom of expression :P

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    Comment by The REAL Lamberto
    20:29 17/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Whoever is downvoting us, the loyal anime/manga fans, right now is iShitHara's #1 gutless, faggy bitch!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:46 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I agree that they shouldn't ban it with no scientific basis. And the fact that Ishihara is the only who advocates it making it more unconvincing -- he's the one who wrote disgusting fiction about raping girl...

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    Comment by The REAL Lamberto
    20:13 17/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Fuck yeah! Take that, iShitHara! We anime/manga fans WILL prevail! YOU CAN'T SEE US!!!

    20% are probably iShitHara's fuglyass, dick-riding, supporters!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:02 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well at least all of japan isn't mindless idiots.

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    14:40 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Wow, now if only we could hear some even greater news about this at some point, ever, like..."Tokyo Manga Ban has been repealed, indefinitely!" or something like this but this is nothing but speculation at this point & probably will stay that way due to a lack of spine still being somewhere we can't seem to locate...

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    Comment by Lurkerman
    10:51 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    finally, some good news, It's still a long fight if we want our side to win against these nut jobs, but still...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:21 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    let them, ishihara may not feel a push on the manga law, but he will see some change in his approval rating.. and of course, a politician is always thinking about his voters..

    i like the statement about historical and yakuza manga too. what, you're gonna ban Reborn! coz it has mafia and little loli/hentai content aside from adelheid's boobs? might as well go ban all the musashi and sengoku-based stuff, gintama too..

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:32 17/01/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    @Lamberto of blahblah...

    We know Ishihara is shir, but easy dude. Don't be high every seconds.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:13 18/01/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    6,399 people (4,305 men and 2094 women)

    Unless there are twice as many men as women in Japan, this poll isn't really representative. I wonder if the idiot who made this poll even understands the basics of statistics.

    Comment by Anonymous

    JAV actresses exposing their pussy means they gave up on all their dignity. Thus that is why there are censors. To have very very little respect for the actresses (despite their very degrading jobs).

    Though, I don't see this logic going to hentai.

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    Comment by erochichi
    20:30 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    With statements like that, you are giving up all dignity in socially developed community.
    We should not consider JAV actresses in such backwards & bigot ways.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:10 17/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    The other 20% don't read manga.

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    Comment by The REAL Lamberto
    20:14 17/01/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.3)

    20% are iShitHara's supporting cocksuckers!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:57 19/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    you do know i made it up ^^

    Comment by Anonymous

    Can you stop it with the "iShitHara" stuff? It never was that good to begin with.

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    Comment by King Tiger
    22:02 17/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    the people are getting pissed with this censorship

    the gov. shouldn't have passed it at all
    so much for "representing the people"....

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    Comment by Mizushima 水島
    03:30 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    u got my vote. i agree y censor porn makes no sense

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    Comment by PewPewPew!
    19:07 17/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Better yet, bury(literally) the architects of the ban, those moldy, backward-minded politicians.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:36 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Welcome to democracy bitches!

    Even if it's fake democracy that we instilled to keep the "savage japanese" in the palms of our hands...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:52 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    THey should also bury Ishihara to boot

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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:31 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nah, why would you, the little censors just make it more hot and make it feel more 'forbidden'
    Fufufufu, I can't believe I wrote that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:38 17/01/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    It should stay banned

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:46 17/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It should troll harder

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    Comment by The REAL Lamberto
    20:10 17/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Trolls should stay banned AND die!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:04 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Comment by Anonymous
    10:45 19/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck off and die Lamberto wannabe. You're an annoying gnat in this whole affair. You're not even the real Lamberto. Just a wannabe poser who's only tough because he's (or she? hahaha) hiding behind a computer monitor.

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    Comment by The REAL Lamberto
    01:49 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess you're right. Trolls should just stay banned and get a life.

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    Comment by Seira
    00:57 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    That's a bit extreme even if it is a troll dontcha think? Let's keep this personal attacks free

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:32 17/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    lets just bury you with the ban shell we? Dumb Troll

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