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Japanese Parliament Hosts Rival Adult Anime Petitions

posted on 2008-10-21 11:35 EDT
One decries genre's effects; other asks to exempt art from child porn ban

Two rival petitions on adult anime and games — one decrying the effects of the genre on society and other asking for illustrations to be exempt from the proposed child pornography ban — have been introduced in the Japanese parliament. Muneaki Murai of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan introduced the "Petition to Enact Legislation Restricting the Production and Sale of Bishōjo Adult Anime Magazines and Bishōjo Adult Anime Simulation Games" on October 3. 10,449 people signed the petition which says that these materials foster a society that poses a danger to young girls, despite concerns of freedom of expression.

On the other hand, Nobuto Hosaka of the Social Democratic Party, another opposition faction, presented a separate petition that called for illustrations and other fictional portrayals to be exempt from a pending legislative ban on the possession of child pornography. It also asked for the definition of child pornography to be clarified. The petition has 225 signatures and raised many concerns about false accusations, abuse of search privileges, invasion of privacy, and an extreme shift towards a police state.

Source: ITmedia


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