Japanese Officials Indicted Over Explicit Videos

Joanne Cachapero
TOKYO — Head of the screening department of the Nihon Ethics of Video Association (NEVA) Katsumi Ono was indicted last week on charges involving failure to screen two DVDs that did not comply with obscenity standards.

NEVA’s panel of scholars, former journalists and film experts screens adult videos produced by 90 Japanese production companies to determine if they comply with standards and regulations.

Ono was arrested, in the beginning of March, on suspicion of assisting the sale of the explicit DVDs after approving the videos. The movies, which were released in June 2006, were allegedly approved for sale without proper screening for potentially obscene content. Reportedly, 13,000 copies of the explicit DVDs were available on the Japanese market.

Reportedly, three other men have also been indicted in the incident.

In Japan, explicit sexual activity and genitalia shown in videos must be obscured by a process known as “mosaicing.”

The two videos contained scenes showing genitalia which were mosaiced, but according to authorities, viewers could still make out body parts.

NEVA was formed in 1972 and funded by adult film production companies, which then helped to compile standards and restrictions for the industry, including the decision to ban displays of explicit sex or genitalia.