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Japanese Child Porn Culture


Manga and anime are a trademark aspect of Japanese culture. They have grown famous around the world for colorful illustrations and art style, elfin-like characters, and, depending on what you’re watching or reading, loosely clad and ridiculously proportioned heroes and heroines.

While most of these artistic productions are all in good fun, Japan’s booming industry hides a darker side that sits in stark contrast with its generally lighthearted material — at least if you are from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada or the United States you might think so.
Even though Japan’s parliament, in 1999, made it illegal to produce and distribute child porn, it was this last June that the country made it illegal to possess real images of child sexual abuse.
So how does this relate to the nation’s manga and anime industry? BBC News reporter James Fletcher's recent article “Why hasn’t Japan banned Child-porn Comics?” reveals that even though real child porn is unlawful in Japan, artistic illustrations or depictions of child porn, weirdly enough, are almost seen as a cultural norm, depending on who you are speaking to.
For example, during his investigation, Fletcher went to a manga convention in Tokyo and there he interviewed one of the event organizers, a man named Hide. Amid manga that depicts girls in their early or pre-teen years who are involved in sexual scenarios that range from incest, rape and other taboos, he was surprised by the candor Hide displayed about the material showcased.
“Everyone knows that child abuse is not a good thing,” Hide said. “But having that kind of emotion is free, enjoying imaging some sexual situations with a child is not prohibited.”
Even crazier is the fact that Hide’s wife, who was standing nearby was not phased by his self-proclaimed hobby of “young-girl sexual creations.”
“She probably thinks no problem,” Hide said. “Because she loves young boys sexually interacting with each other.”
According to BBC, Japan’s manga industry generates $3.6 billion annually; material that showcases child pornography, tentacle-porn and other sinister carnal elements makes up a small part of the industry — though it does attract a large amount of controversy and attention.
The fact that child-porn manga is legal in Japan raises a complex set of questions: Is this just harmless fantasy?
Is it possible — or even fair — to enact laws against someone’s fantasies?
What does this say about Japanese culture?
Japanese culture is weird — but in a way, at least to me, that is reminiscent of Austin — it is a good weird, a cool weird, but only to a certain extent.
To weigh in, it is extremely creepy and disturbing for me to think this is normal within some facets of Japanese culture.
I just cannot accept the sentiments expressed by Hide that this is harmless fantasy, a form of meaningless self indulgence.
If anything, this is just a roundabout way to express to others that you are a pedophiliac pervert.
Imagine that you are a father or mother of two kids — a boy and a girl — and that you have friends who indulge in reading titles with names like “Junior Rape,” or “Japanese Pre-teen Suite.”
Fletcher interviewed a manga translator named Dan Kanemitsu and I think his feelings on the subject are not only reminiscent of George Orwell’s “1984,” but of a more salient, larger point:
“There’s every reason to be critical, that’s fine...but when you give people the authority to police others based on what they might think, that’s thought-policing,” Kanemitsu said. “I’m not comfortable with it... As long as it doesn’t infringe upon people’s human rights, what’s wrong with having a fantasy life?

Japanese culture shows dark side connected to manga, anime   Max Lillard February 9, 2015 


È stata approvata, dal parlamento giapponese, la norma contro la pedopornografia che condanna a un anno o con una multa fino a 1 milione di yen (circa 7.500 euro), chi possiede materiale pedopornografico. Ma c'è un'eccezione: infatti, la norma non vale per manga e anime che continueranno tranquillamente ad esistere in quanto, secondo chi ne prende le difese, i personaggi sono immaginari e non reali, è difficile stabilire l'età di un personaggio disegnato, e in nome della libertà di espressione. Inutile dire che, dietro anche la spinta della lobby di settore, questa scelta appare discutibile, specie in una cultura che finora non aveva una legge anti-pedofilia.

Japan bans child porn, but excludes manga, anime June 18, 2014


Mio Bryce, an expert on anime and manga from Macquarie University in Sydney, said Japan's obsession with "kawaii" or cuteness made it difficult to distinguish whether the characters in the material were depicting children or not.

"Cuteness means a generally more infantile character. Maybe the character is 20 years old, but maybe from your point of view, the character's 15 years old. It's very difficult," she said.

Ken Akamatsu, who lobbies lawmakers on behalf of the Japan Cartoonists Association, said a total ban on explicit content would damage the entire industry, making creators too scared to put pen to paper in case they risked breaking the rules.

He said the characters were imaginary, so unlike real child porn, no one was hurt.

"Actual children suffering and crying is not acceptable. But manga doesn't involve actual children. So there are no actual victims," he said.

Child welfare advocates disagree.

Shihoko Fujiwara runs Lighthouse, a nonprofit for exploited children. She told CNN she once worked on a case where a predator used a cartoon to convince a child that sex abuse was normal. "So the pedophiles might bring the animation and say 'this is how you practice with adults,'" she said.

Child abuse in Japan

While no link has been made between anime, manga and child abuse, Japan is facing a "serious" child abuse problem, according to a White Paper issued by e National Police Agency in March.

The paper said the number of child abuse victims jumped 20% between 2011 and 2012, and the number of victims, arrests and cases are at their highest levels since they started compiling statistics in 1999.

At the same time, the number of cleared child pornography crime cases rose to 1,596, the highest ever recorded, the paper said. Most -- 85% -- were Internet-related. The figures inspired the U.S. State Department to label Japan as an "international hub" for producing and trafficking child pornography.

The U.S. report noted that no national law addresses the "unfettered availability of sexual explicit cartoons, comics and video games, some of which depicted scenes of violent sexual abuse and the rape of children."

It added: 'While the NPA continued to maintain that no link was established between these animated images and child victimization, other experts suggested children are harmed by a culture that appears to accept child sexual abuse."

'Cuteness is a problem'

The bigger problem, she said, is that manga permeates Japanese culture. It can be seen everywhere, from street signs to government pamphlets.

Often, the characters depicted are young, vulnerable girls who meet consumers' desires for something "kawaii" or "cute."

"'Cuteness is a problem," she said. "Because cuteness is something that makes you feel you have to protect the person, and there's a very fine line between 'I can protect the person' and 'I can control the person.'"

She said the prevalent depiction of young girls, especially in "Lolita complex" material, risks giving "the wrong impression of women."

"If you're looking at it all the time, how are you actually seeing people? Is it just a fantasy, or maybe some people with a bit of a wrong mind think that is actually there, and that is the way to treat women. So there is a risk," she said.

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