Toyko prefecture’s law restricting sales of material deemed “harmful” to minors under the age of 18 has selected its first list of titles to be considered for the ban, Anime News Network reports.
The law, which has been revised a few times and goes into effect July 1, has been met with an outcry from publishers and creators.
The publishers expressed concerns that the revised ordinance will diminish the manga creators and editors’ ability to express themselves. Some of the publishers also asked to be notified of the standards for the revised ordinance before books are sold. Mika Sakurai, the section chief in charge of youth affairs at the government’s Office for Youth Affairs and Public Safety, responded that the publishers may ask before release whether a specific publication’s setting is subject to the law. However, the government may not be able to advice the publisher on a particular publication’s legality immediately; for some publications, the government can respond quickly, but for others, the assessment may not be clear until release.
Six titles are being considered. Such as:
Oku-sama wa Shōgakusei (My Wife Is an Elementary Student)
By Seiji Matsuyama
Publisher: Akita Shoten
The story is set in the near future when the marriageable age was lowered in response to the declining birth rate. A 24-year-old man marries a 12-year-old girl in this gag comedy.
Reason for designation: Child rape
Rather than provide a laundry list for perverts who like this stuff, we’ll just list the rest of the titles:
Aki Sora By Masahiro Itosugi, Lovers & Sharing (Kareshi Sharing) By Yashi Natsuba, Koibito 8-gō (Lover No. 8) By Makoto Ojiro, Hanamizawa Q-taro Jisenshū Hana-Hiyori By Q-taro Hanamizawa, and Midori no Kisetsu (Blue-Green Season) By Maakō. Reasons given include incest, group rape and so on.
While most of us wouldn’t be caught dead reading a book called “My Wife Is an Elementary Student” in public, and this all sounds like common sense, material of this kind has long been fairly common in Japan, and seems to have a preventative effect, not an encouraging one, for those who like this kind of thing. The material in question is NOT hardcore ero-manga, which is already banned for sale to minors.
On the other hand, the material is just being kept from being sold to minors, which doesn’t seem like such a big deal to us Westerners.
Sankaku Complex has more, including pictures of all the rest of the dirty manga. Run right over there!
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