How the 2020 Olympics Might Affect Comiket & More
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Tokyo's winning bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics could spell a number of changes in the metropolis for the coming years. One area marked for renovations is the Tokyo Big Sight convention center. Comic Market (Comiket), the world's largest dōjinshi convention, is held at Tokyo Big Sight twice a year. The convention will not be held at Tokyo Big Sight for three sessions as a result of the renovations, unless changes are made to its upcoming schedule.
Japan's ruling party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), also gained political power due to the winning Olympic bid, according to translator and commentator Dan Kanemitsu. That may help the party to pass legislation such as its May proposal to amend Japan's current child pornography laws. The amendment would make possession of sexual images of individuals under 18 illegal, with a fine of 1 million yen (about US$10,437) and less than a year in jail if the subject is found to have the images for "the purpose of satisfying sexual curiosity." The amendment would pertain to depictions including those in anime, manga, and games.
The Summer Olympics were last held in Japan in 1964, the first Olympics to ever be held in Asia.