Manga Ruled Obscene

posted on 2004-01-13 12:03 EST
Japanese publisher found guilty of distribution of obscene materials

According to a BBC report, for the first time ever, a Japanese court has found a manga publisher guilty of sale and distribution of obscene materials. Monotori Kishi, publisher of the manga Misshitsu ("Honey Room"), was given a one-year prison sentence, suspended for three years, which he immediatey appealed to the Tokyo Supreme Court, citing infringement of freedom of expression.

The presiding judge in the case gave the fact that "there was little attention paid to concealment of genitalia" while "bodies were drawn in a lifelike manner" as the reason for the sentence.

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Thank you to Brian Ruh and Mikhail Koulikov for this item.

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