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J Industry Figures Downplay Report of 'Rape Game' Ban

posted on by Egan Loo

Visual Art's president Takahiro Baba and Abel chairman Hiroyuki Kanno are among the Japanese game figures who downplayed a Thursday television report that claimed that an industry group would ban "rape games" in Japan. According to Baba on Visual Art's official BBS (under the name "vava shachō"), the TBS Television station had already covered the controversy over an erotic game called Rapelay from the Illusion software company. However, since TBS had misrepresented the stance of the Ethics Organization of Computer Software (EOCS) during that earlier coverage, the industry group declined to be interviewed again. Then TBS "suddenly" released a second news report on Thursday that indicated that EOCS had decided to ban all games involving rape.

Abel chairman Hiroyuki Kanno also commented on the supposed rape game ban in a Friday blog entry, but his comment has since been removed. According to a transcript of the blog entry before it was deleted, all the members of EOCS, including Kanno himself, were bewildered by the TBS report. While Kanno indicated that there will be tighter regulations proposed at an urgent meeting scheduled for June 2, he also emphasized that a ban had not been decided yet.

Thank you to dormcat for the news tip.

Source: Canned Dogs

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