An Asahi interview with Tokyo’s youth protection department’s chief PR flack reveals the city now considers any manga or anime which so much as fails to condemn incest as hardcore pornography.
The interviewer, having just read the manga, concedes it clearly deals with incest but is at a loss as to how it could be considered to be “improperly glorifying incest”:
What part of the title improperly glorifies it?
It’s the story as a whole. It’s a mistake to think we are just looking at a single part. Simply put, we are looking at how the story depicts incest, how the main characters think of it, and the like.
“Glorifying” in this case is “thinking it is not bad,” isn’t it?
This sort of thing is unacceptable, socially. In terms of societal morals. The committee’s judgment on this manga looked at whether the story showed incest as a bad thing.
Not just this manga, but on TV there are a lot of “imouto-mono” works about, and they don’t think that is good. “What kind of frightening influence might a story like this have on a schoolboy with an imouto?” is what concerns them.
So the committee decided that “glorifying” something is now equivalent to “not depicting it as bad”?
Exactly. “Does the work depict sexual themes in a manner which society approves of” – it’s right there in section 15, clause 2, item 2.
Your pamphlets seem to say simple depictions of incest are not banned, only its “improper glorification” – I would think this meant something like “incest is so much better than regular sex guys!”?
Well, it’s a matter of interpretation. Is that what you think?
I think if you look in a Japanese dictionary you would be surprised to find a definition of “glorify” as “not depict as bad.”
That’s not our judgment then.