Monday, April 25, 2011

Cracking Down on Fiction in Japan

Looks like someone wants to change the perception that peope in Japan appreciate consanguinamory.

Manga creator Masahiro Itosugi announced on her Twitter account on Thursday that there will be no more printings of volumes 1 and 3 in her Aki Sora manga after July. She then explained that the biggest problem is their depictions of incest; she emphasized that the reason is not because they are erotically graphic. The manga deals with the taboo relationship between a high school boy named Sora Aoi and his smart, athletic, "perfect" older sister Aki.

The restrictions in Tokyo's recently amended Youth Healthy Development Ordinance go into effect on July 1. The amendment will expand the number of manga and anime that fall under "harmful publications," the legal category of works that must not be sold or rented to people under the age of 18. Erotic material was already restricted before the amendment, but the amended law will also restrict the sales and renting of materials that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government considers "to be excessively disrupting of social order."

What do you think? It is a bad move, or is it reasonable in order to limit access to those under 18? Should people under the age of 18 never have any access to any media that includes the idea of consanguinamory?

There are people under the age of 18 who are experiencing attraction to family members who are close in age, unrequieted or otherwise. Many of them experiment with each other. Some of them develop lifelong romances. Being that age can feel lonely and confusing enough as it is. Teens need to know that they aren't alone in their feelings, and what is appropriate (mutual love and respect) and what is not (coercion, fixation that interferes with living.)
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1 comment:

  1. Your analysis is correct - it's a bad law. But teens are adept at using the Internet to bypass bad laws like this one, so the law may not have much practical effect.


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