We’re severely grossed out by hentai, moé and all those other fetishy depersonalized sexual representations that abound in manga and anime, but the new Tokyo ban on selling this material to minors is equally stupid. It’s aimed only at selling raunchy material to minors, and, critics say, will really only end up affecting genres like Yaoi and sjoho.
This article from New Zealand goes into more detail on he thinking behind the current guidelines, and they are pretty much aimed at stopping young folks from doing anything stupid and fun, not stopping perverts. Take this from gynecologist Dr Tsuneo Akaeda, who thinks manga leads to STDs:
Akaeda runs a women’s clinic in Roppongi, one of Tokyo’s famous nightlife districts popular among foreign tourists and ex-pats, and he has seen his fair share of sexual problems among young Japanese.
He puts this down in part to the influence of manga and adult videos.
“Manga only depicts sex as interesting, fun, pleasurable and enjoyable. There is no information about the dangers or risks involved in sex.
“Young Japanese think having an abortion after getting pregnant is a simple solution, but it involves high risk to the women,” he says.
While this all sounds Wertham-like, Dr. Akaeda does acknowledge that better sex education is needed as well. Perhaps in manga form?
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