Monday, 29 November 2010

The bill is back

An earlier – and previously abandoned – attempt by the Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara to introduce a (Tokyo only) bill to deal with issues of representations of sexuality and access to them by minors (under 18s) in manga and anime is back with changes. Difficulties arising from the bill's vague language are mentioned here (by Dan Kanemitsu) and a general concern that it will lead to censorship rather than successfully deal with any problem sex is broached here (by Roland Kelts). While there are many who think that there is a problem in Japan around depicting certain images in manga and anime and so might welcome any such guidance, there are plenty who think that publicly proscribing (ultimately by self-regulation rather than making an actual crime) certain drawn-images of fictional characters is not a way forward. Where to draw the line, so to speak?

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