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Tokyo Bill/Ban
« on: December 16, 2010, 11:46:15 PM »
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The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly on Wednesday enacted an ordinance that vastly expands a law meant to restrict people younger than 18 from purchasing or flipping through manga depicting rape, sex crimes, incest and "sexually explicit acts and graphic images that are not acceptable morally." By making previous rules broader and more clear, the Tokyo government will have the authority to deem more manga as "unwholesome books," which restrict where and how they can be sold.

A group of 10 major Japanese publishers, including Kodansha Ltd., Shueisha Inc. and Kadokawa Group Publishing Co., said they will refuse to take part in the anime fair, which this year attracted more than 100,000 people, a record. The publishers said that the Tokyo government, led by Gov. Shintaro Ishihara, didn't discuss the ordinance in advance with publishers and artists. Artists said the new rules will stifle their freedom of expression and creativity.

"We cannot help but say it is a vicious act that [the Tokyo metropolitan assembly] enacted the ordinance without full-fledged discussions," said the group, which includes the Japan Magazine Publishers Association.

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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704098304576021092499410726.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/8204649/Japanese-manga-publishers-threaten-to-boycott-festival.html

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-12-15/full-tokyo-assembly-passes-youth-ordinance-bill



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    The people whose reaction is “this is just an age restriction, slap an 18+ sticker on and call it a day” do not understand how the distinction works in Japan and how it affects the marketability of a product.

    In Japan, there is only “general audience” and “adults only”, and “adults only” works are, for most distributors, untouchable. Those 18+ stickers you want might as well be nuclear radiation warnings.

    In Japan, “adults only” anime is not shown on TV. On any channel. Ever. No matter how violent or racy it may have seemed to you, no anime ever shown on Japanese television was officially designated as 18+.

    In Japan, “adults only” manga are not sold in most book stores (both online and brick-and-mortar). As has been stated, 18+ manga works are almost always produced as magazines and anthologies, almost never as stand-alone tankoubon.

    The results from this should be obvious. The marketability, and thus profitability, of “adults only” works are extremely limited. Publishing companies will not risk time, money, and effort on creating works that may be judged as such, and thus have their profit potential destroyed by the inaccessibility that comes with it. They will be forced to restrict themselves to works that they can safely market within the “general audience” sphere.

    This is not an age restriction. It is censorship by way of enforceable lack of profitability – either you toe the line, or they make your stuff unsellable.





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Re: Tokyo Bill/Ban
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2010, 12:19:39 AM »
oh yeah this...read it on my local newspaper...hmmmm

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