10 Feb '11, 10pm

Japan to restrict sale of anime & manga which depict sexual or violent acts

TOKYO - Japan, which has long been relatively tolerant of the open sale and consumption of sexually oriented material, could now face tighter restrictions on the provocative depictions of young girls - which some public officials say exploit children and may even encourage paedophilia. A newly-revised ordinance by Tokyo's metropolitan government - which restricts the sale of such material - has prompted a national debate between its publishers and critics inside and outside Japan. Other local and regional governments, including the Osaka prefecture, are also considering similar restrictions. One particularly big target is the manga comic books that depict pubescent girls in sexual acts. It is a lucrative segment of the US$5.5 billion ($7 billion) industry for manga, illustrated books drawn in a characteristic Japanese comic-book style. "These are for abnormal people, for p...

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