I’ll be attending Tokyo Metro Assembly person Kurishita’s meeting about the youth protection bill at Akihabara on Sunday. I’ll be one of the guest speakers.
If English speakers want to pass over support for industry people fighting this bill, they are welcome to send them my way. Too many Japanese people only hear negative opinions from overseas about maintaining freedom of expression in anime and manga and video games, so any feedback will be appreciated.
But please note. My presentation will be only 10 minutes long, so I may not be ble to introduce a lot of voices.
It would be nice if I could lay some counterpoints against those overseas that make claims like the following:
On virtual child pornography and Japan:
“Pseudo-photographs are constructed photographs, often very cleverly done with great technical sophistication, using digital reconstruction techniques to create an image that is not a photograph of a real person, or of real events. However, while the production of such material might have been a technological challenge a few years ago, this would not be the case today. With the advent of software packages such as Adobe Photoshop, the majority of us would be able to create quite complex digitally altered images. The prediction that as computeraided animation and 3D computer graphics become easier and more accessible there will be a growth in animated child pornography, wholly constructed as computer images, has become a reality, although it is unclear what impact this might have on the availability of such image distribution.
One of the primary producers of such imagery is Japan where there is a huge market in manga, and other forms of animation, that many believe are sexually exploitative. A report in the UK’s Guardian newspaper (Guardian, 2008) suggested that sexually explicit comics account for a large proportion of Japan’s Yen 500 bn manga market, with many featuring schoolgirls or childlike adults being raped or engaged in sadomasochism.”
-from Child Pornography and Sexual Exploitation of Children Online – A contribution of ECPAT International to the World Congress III against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 25-28 November)、p.17-20