Censors Convicted: “Your Mosaics Were Too Thin!”


A judge has handed down jail sentences and fines to censors and pornographers after finding that the mosaics they applied to adult videos were “so thin the colour and shape of their genitals could be recognised” and that as a result they were guilty of “spreading wickedness throughout society.”


The 54-year-old former inspections department executive manager of Japan’s ridiculously named Nihon Ethics of Video Association (“NEVA”), the notionally autonomous body adult video publishers have to pay to ensure the mosaics on their videos are properly applied, together with two inspectors (71 & 67), were all charged with promoting the sale of obscene materials.


The judge handed the manager a ¥500,000 fine, although the prosecution had sought a 10 month jail sentence. The two luckless censors both received ¥500,000 fines as well, precisely as prosecutors requested. Those higher up in the organisation escaped prosecution.

In addition to their prosecutions, the 84-year-old head of a DVD publisher and the 50-year-old boss of another company in his group were both given 10 month jail sentences for selling obscene materials, suspended for 3 years.

The charges stem from a 2006 adult video – “in scenes where genitals were being caressed and otherwise, the mosaic applied to the genitals left their colour and shape recognisable,” and as NEVA approved the video for sale as “non-obscene” it had in fact committed a crime.

What is considered “obscene” is largely determined by what police decide to prosecute as obscene, and what bodies like NEVA decide to interpret as obscene, generally by nonsensical criteria utterly incomprehensible to outsiders.

Recent years have seen some efforts by the industry to market “ultra-thin” mosaics, and whilst NEVA evidently approved these, it appears whatever behind-the-scenes arrangements with police govern such decisions failed to approve as well.

The judge’s guilty verdict:

“You abandoned your responsibilities as an independent inspections organisations, lowering the standards of your inspection and spreading wickedness throughout society.”

“If you accede to the requests of publishers to loosen your censorship criteria, it will no longer be appropriate to respect the results of NEVA’s inspections.”

“Even if values are diversifying because of the Internet, only a minority think we should free sexual expression from being subject to criminal law. Minimum standards of sexual morality must be maintained.”

In a press conference after the verdict was delivered, NEVA’s lawyer criticised the verdict as “a one-sided verdict which went along with the police and public prosecutor’s assertions” and, ironically enough for a censorship body, proclaimed that “freedom of expression is a grave constitutional issue, but they hastily rendered a simplistic ‘it’s obscene’ verdict instead.”

The public prosecutor for his part appears to be something of a moral crusader – “This verdict forms a precedent, emphasising the social necessity of cracking down on the obscene imagery the Internet overflows with,” perhaps neglecting to note the fact the case had nothing to do with the Internet.


NEVA itself is widely regarded as nothing more than a way of giving retiring senior policemen and civil servants lucrative positions of authority from which they can shake down pornographers using their constantly changing definitions of what is considered “obscene.”

In fact, police have been accused of excluding ex-policemen from the house searches they conducted during the investigation, and whilst convicting CEOs of the crimes of their organisation, they seem to have exempted the higher echelons of NEVA from the same treatment.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:58 09/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    There's a division. Entirely dedicated. To finding genitals. In pornographic media.


    Comment by Anonymous
    01:50 09/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    The boss is called Cpt. Obvious. He's got divisions for finding money in your wallet, too. It's called the police.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:38 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I must say, you fail at thinking. The police does not rummage throught your wallet. That's a mugger.

    What you are looking for is the tax office further down memory lane. Cheers idiot!

    (And that's a joke mate, so don't cry a river)

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    Comment by Megidola
    00:56 09/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Seeing the shapes of genitals will cause wickedness?

    The judge is either a hypocrite or a eunuch.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:24 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Screw what nature has given us! You'll soon see in Japan special mirrors that automatically blur the private parts in your reflection! Get it in stores near you!

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    Comment by Alexeon
    12:58 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Then, when cybernetic eyes become available it will be impossible to see the real deal with your own eyes.

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    Comment by Andices
    13:28 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No wonder birth rate in Japan are goin down

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    Comment by The Failure
    16:25 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    NEVA? more like NEVAH!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:48 09/09/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    I like how it's impossible for the judge to be a woman in your statement.

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    Comment by Crowbar
    02:10 09/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    You expect anything different from Japan?

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    Comment by erochichi
    04:40 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is endless supply of Japanese uncensored porn. Don`t ask me how it does exist, but look here to begin with:


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    Comment by SnooSnoo
    11:30 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like how you assume wimmins can't be hypocrites.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:49 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well I like how women don't have genitals in your world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:27 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I think the point was there's no such thing as a female eunich.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:56 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well, in his world, there are no women. Only hyprocrites and eunuchs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:33 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Imyou
    01:51 09/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I wonder if they have a real legal definition of "morality" and "wickedness," or if it's just "I know it when I see it." Of course I'm sure it's the latter, since they'd be hard pressed to prove any harm caused by the product...

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    Comment by msoltyspl
    16:58 09/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    They don't. The only thing they have is §175 two-liner that slipped from Meiji Period, with some minor modifications perhaps:

    "A person who distributes, sells or displays in public an obscene document, drawing or other objects shall be punished by imprisonment with work for no more than two years, a fine of not more than 2,500,000 yen or a petty fine. The same shall apply to a person who possesses the same for the purpose of sale."

    "Obscene" is not defined of course.

    Whole censorship nonsense related to genitals is based on this and nothing else.

    There was a big trial that dragged from 1950 to 1957, of course ended with conviction, which pretty much set "must not show genitals at all cost" for decades to come ...

    As for the sankaku's news - no subjective selection of 2ch comments ? /me disappointed ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:17 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Obscenity is in the eye of the beholder, and if someone doesn't like something NO ONE is forcing them to watch the thing in question.

    They can turn their head, surf to another website, etc. etc. etc.

    We really need to get rid of these obscenity laws all around the world, including in the United States, because they are way too easy to abuse if you have a problem with someone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:36 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanses pornquisition and the porn-burning goverment.

    Another chapter in the illustrious history of missguided mankind.


    Comment by nope
    01:44 09/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I wonder if teens in japan get confused when they see genitalia, "whoa that's not a vagina where's the cubes?"

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:23 12/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    A medal! You Deserve!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:12 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ROFL!!!!!!! You sir, are a GENIUS!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:40 09/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I don't even understand what's the sense in censoring porn.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    02:19 09/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They just love trolling the general public.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    15:38 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let off sexual deviants and rapists easy, clamp down hard on artists and entertainment workers.

    I love this world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:39 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Seems like it was a post war imposition from America, feudal Japan porn had no censoring...

    I wonder how much time will it take for the censor supporters die of old age and let the pervs take over things.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:55 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Are you stupid? How can it be an imposition from America post WWII when America has never censored their pornography?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:57 11/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Actually it was implemented by the U.S, so...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:23 11/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Porn as a whole was basically illegal in the US until the late 60s/early 70s under multitudinous "indecency" laws; pretty sure it's only allowed now under the nebulous definition of "free expression" due to certain of the indecency laws being declared unconstitutional.

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    Comment by Gitami
    13:12 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's like the fig leave on Adam and Eve, or Venus' hair covering her crotch. Don't you want to look at what's underneath?

    Raising people's curiosity without showing everything just encourage them to go find out for themselves, whether the partner agrees to show or not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:17 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The average Japanese is unable to process every minute visual detail of a vagina/penis. In other words, an image of any genitals contains too much information for the average Japanese.

    Hence, mosaic is used to down-sample a highly-dense set of pixels down to several colored squares, that can then be more easily absorbed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:50 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If people wanted uncensored porn all they'd have to do is look for something Foreign... so all their efforts are for nothing.

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    Comment by Alexeon
    12:57 09/09/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    If you think about it, it forces people to look at foreign porn which gets them thinking about foreign women which leads to a drop in interest in domestic women which leads to less coupling which leads to Japan's current population drop problems. Its all the government's fault!

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    Comment by Crowbar
    00:09 09/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "It's obscene."


    Comment by Anonymous
    09:13 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    maria ozawa ftw

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:02 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    She's pretty, but man she sucks at acting. And when I say acting I mean depicting an actual semblance of enjoying an act of sexual pleasure. She does seem good at laying like a dutch wife though with that empty fish eyed stare.

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    Comment by Gradius
    08:51 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, I watched a LOT japanese p0rn totally UNCENSORED!

    Conclusion? Nothing new or to be scare at all.

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    Comment by cats2
    09:16 09/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    You sir haven't seen those MASSIVE bushes that most of them hardly even trim, let alone shave.

    Gets close to those Demi Moore nude pictures even..

    It's a serious problem..

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    Comment by zgriptsuroica
    09:57 09/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I'm still kind of confused that people continue to buy hard copies of porn, especially in countries where it's censored. Is there anything preventing Japanese people from just connecting to US or Europe based porn sites and watching uncensored stuff anyway? Even if they don't want to watch hairy barbarians going at it, typing "free asian porn" into google will give them a ridiculous amount of uncensored stuff.

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    Comment by Artefact

    There are such sites, but the entire management has to be physically outside Japan otherwise the police go after them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:13 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Those are either illegal in Japan or filmed offshore.

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    Comment by Lexi
    23:40 08/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "You can CLEARLY see the color and shape of 8 of the 17 penises that are ejaculating all over that girl tied up with the leather straps and ball gag."

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    Comment by X_Bacon
    00:21 09/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "It might give people naughty and profane thoughts! But if the defendants had censored the penises IN A LAWFUL AND MORAL manner, those who watch it will never know what the whole act was!"

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    Comment by kamiru
    00:47 09/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    i would have thought those were condensed milk if not for the improper censoring

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    01:25 09/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    That's right ladies, we have milk too!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:32 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The whole matter is so bizzarely inane that it fries my brain.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:49 08/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That reminds me, I should get myself a cup and ball.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:50 08/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Looks like SOMEONE forgot to pay the police bribe mon...I mean, "fees to the city" >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:13 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Clearly the old prudes need to die in Japan so it can catch up to this Generation. Censoring is so antiquated and now they are prosecuting for not enough mosaic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:30 09/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Catch up with THIS generation? They need to catch up with LAST generation.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    02:18 09/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    It's not about generations. It's about religion. Till those damn christians invaded japan didn't even know about separated bathes!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:05 10/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, Chen-04 would've loved it if the Muslims had invaded instead! Then we'd have even MORE MASSIVE pelvic bushes unladen by mosaics!

    Wait, what am I saying?! There'd be no porn or the women would be covered from head to toe!

    Whoa man, check out that porn star! She sure had pretty eyes!

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    Comment by Chen-04
    06:02 13/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You do realize that islam is a religion, too? Or that there were guys called missioners?

    Imagine all those anime if separated bathes were still unkown to the japanese. And only the christians from about two hundred years ago are to blame.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:02 09/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    antiquated? when the hell did censoring porn even start? They used to know better...

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