Tokyo Moves Closer to Manga Porn Crackdown

Bob Johnson
TOKYO — Tokyo’s manga porn crackdown was stepped up today as the city's Metropolitan Assembly's General Affairs Committee approved a proposed ordinance revision aimed at regulating sales and rental of manga that contain sexual depictions of minors.

Although the bill doesn't ban this type of manga it aims at forcing stores to move it into adults only sections.

According to reports, the new regulations spell out that certain manga works that depict sexual intercourse and other unlawful sexual behavior involving minors “in ways seen to wrongfully extol or unduly focus on such activity,” must be cleared from from stores’ main areas and moved into the adult section after screening by a third-party organization.

An example of the restricted manga was described as scenes that include children being sexually abused.

If passed by the full assembly, the regulation is expected to come become law in July.

Both parents and teachers associations have lobbied for early passage of the bill, while cartoonists and publishing companies issued a statement opposing the legislation.

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