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BBC Radio Explores Lolicon in Japan

posted on by Bamboo Dong

BBC Radio 4's foreign documentary series "Crossing Continents" will soon be broadcasting an episode entitled "Should Comics Be Crimes?" Presented by James Fletcher, the recent author of "Why hasn't Japan banned child-porn comics?", also on BBC, the episode is scheduled for 11 AM GMT on January 8.

From the website:

Manga and anime can be about almost anything, and some can be confronting - especially those featuring young children in sexually explicit scenarios... Last year, Japan became the last OECD country to outlaw the possession of real child abuse images, but they decided not to ban manga and anime...

James Fletcher travels to Tokyo to find out why the Japanese decided not to ban. Is this manga just fodder for paedophiles, and is Japan dragging its feet on protecting children? Or is Japan resisting moral panic and standing up for freedom of thought and expression?

Those interested in the episode can listen to it using the BBC iPlayer for 30 days after its broadcast date, or download it as a podcast afterwards.

Thanks to Ian Wolf for the tip!


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