The Governor Strikes Again – Gays Deficient and Bill Opponents need Christian Morals

It seems I was not the only one that was startled by the outburst Governor Ishihara made regarding homosexuals.

A Mainichi reporter asked Governor Ishihara if he would mind elaborating regarding his previous statement regarding gays. “We’ve got homosexuals casually appearing on even television. Japan has become far too untamed.”

I think no one really expected him to answer with the following:
“I think homosexuals have something missing from them somehow. It may be something genetic. I feel sorry for them being a minority.”

Further more, he recalled travelling to San Francisco and witnessing a gay pride parade: “I saw a parade made up of gays, and I really felt sorry for them. There were pairs of men and women, but it certainly did feel like they were deficient somehow.”

When prodded about the featuring of homosexuals on TV, Governor Ishihara proceeded to make the eye popping statement:”You never see [gays] featured as attractions where the spot light is shown upon them and they do various things on TV in other foreign nations.”

Now please don’t shoot the messenger. I am merely translating his words, and I am trying my best to be accurate and also replicate his nuances as much as I can. I’ve been doing this for over 22 years, so you don’t have to worry about me completely mistranslating something. Now I realize I still have a lot of room for improvement with my translation skills, but I’m not so sloppy to misconstrue something like this.

Actually I did some digging around, and I was able to find some other choice words Mr. Ishihara has pertaining to manga authors that oppose his legislative agenda.

In September, a reporter asked Governor about his plans for resubmitting the bill that was rejected in June. “These guys [that draw manga that depict minors in sexual situations], I don’t now if you can call them artists, but if they say they can’t draw the stuff they draw [because of the new restrictions] then they aren’t real authors. I’d have to say, in one respect, they are engaged in a despicable line of work. You look at [their works] where they seem to justify perversity. I suppose there’s a demand for such products because there are people [who like that type of perversity.] Utterly contemptible.”

Listening to Governor Ishihara describe the stuff that he’s upset over, he keeps pointing to material that won’t be subject to restriction in his new bill, since anything that is classified as an adult title is exempt.

Remember, the new revision of the Tokyo Healthy Youth Development Ordinance is aimed toward restricting material that is available to minors and not hard core erotica.

Currently, Tokyo’s definition of how it deems publicly available material as harmful to minors is based on the criteria of “Any material that may be detrimental toward the healthy development of youth because of their capacity to be sexually stimulating, encourages cruelty, and/or may compel suicide or criminal behavior”.

In the current pending bill, the definition will be expanded to include: “Any manga, animation, or pictures (but not including real life pictures or footage) that features either sexual or pseudo sexual acts that would be illegal in real life, or sexual or pseudo sexual acts between close relatives whose marriage would be illegal, where such depictions and / or presentations unjustifiably glorify or exaggerate the activity” and any material that is excessively breaches this standard can be deemed to be “harmful material” by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government unilaterally and thereby restrict their circulation from all minors (0-17 of age).

Governor Ishihara keeps talking about “hard core” and “perverse” material being available in the hands of minors, but that sounds more like the material that would be covered in Tokyo’s current definition, not the expanded definition.

One of the frustrating things that opponents of the revision bill keep facing is that advocates of the bill keep talking about going after “hard core” material, when the bill is not about that if you read the details.

To add insult to injury, now the Governor has produced a line of logic where he is saying European models of thought pertaining to Christian morality should be sufficient to convince the “nonsensical” citizens of Tokyo who oppose the bill:

“I draw upon my experiences based on visiting Germany and other nations in Northern Europe a number of times related to [bidding for] the Olympics. Maybe it has something to do with how Northern Europeans don’t have too many hobbies, but they are quite progressive regarding not inhibiting their sexuality.

Pertaining to sexual products, such as magazine, books, and movies included, they are far ahead of Japan and surprisingly open…But! They have no perverse works with children as their subject matter.

Now I have to say, it may be a case where this is because their religion is sound in some respects or that their morality based on religion is clear cut, but as I have deliberated previously in this general assembly, we should listen to parties entrusted with such affairs [in Europe] regarding comparisons between Europe and Japan, and explain specifically what kind of principles and basic rules, and beliefs have led to the banning of books and movies that feature children [in sexual situations in Europe], and that should be enough to persuade otherwise those nonsensical crowds that put a nonsensical opposition [to our efforts.]”

I am at a loss for words. Please feel free to comment as you wish.

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9 Responses to The Governor Strikes Again – Gays Deficient and Bill Opponents need Christian Morals

  1. unangbangkay says:

    Thanks for all the hard work, Dan.

    I too, am at a loss for words. While I won’t begrudge him for speaking his mind, especially in a society where being very frank about one’s attitudes is unusual or even looked down upon at times, I’m still amazed that he can say these things and get away with them.

    Sure, the likes of Rush Limbaugh and other such commentators in America often do the same, but they only rarely hold such influential positions.

    All this in mind, it’s hard to believe that, should they come out victorious, that the folks behind the bill won’t try to extend its chilling effects into other creative fields.

  2. Mike Craig says:

    The man’s REALLY off his rocker!

    He’s DEFINITELY not looking at a 4th term!

  3. cement bambi says:

    Governor Ishihara’s praise for European sexual products and regulation suggests he would like Japan to imitate them. But is he aware that some European countries, like the UK and Sweden, now have laws against even the possession of cartoons that feature characters in sexual situations that could be interpreted as “under 18”? Of course, cartoon characters don’t have an “age,” so what these so-called “open” European countries that he praises are doing is playing with the fire of thought crime. Governor Ishihara’s bill seems to open the door in that direction. Is that his objective, to criminalize a whole generation of artists and fans?

    • TheDeath says:

      I can just saw what the heck…. just discovered the infos about the bill through a friend and I can only say it scares me. And yes, here in Europe they are trying not only in the UK and Sweden such laws through but even for the whole EU. And to make it even better, the main point is not to protect anyone even if they might say so, but rather to instrumentalise this topic to legalize censorship. Instead of going against the core of the problem in the reality, they abuse it to censor and also to make nearly thinking of porn illegal, opening a hole to easily get anyone into trouble. I honestly hope enough people gets the idea and say NO to the bills in Japan but also Europe.
      And yes, Dan, I also ask you to keep us informed, since its a very important topic for all of us, thanks!


  4. Erica says:

    What really concerns me is the overarching distaste this man is showing for children, women and, obviously, no one gives a crap that he’s dissing the LGBT community because we are not a protected minority hardly anywhere.

    He wants to keep people from drawing characters that look like children – but does nothing to stop the sales or production of material that actually exploit children. He then goes on to say that women who do not procreate are committing a crime. Now this.

    This man is waging a war *against* women and children. And he’s clothed it in a war for them. It’s terrifying to know that many people are jumping through the hoops he’s set up to make his arguments work – more terrifying when it’s women of the PTA doing so. Are they stupid? Delusional? Have the procreated so don’t feel insulted by his words?

    I’m distressed and frustrated by this. In some part of me, I wonder if he’s doing it to finally force the Japanese LGBT community out in the open to protest.

    • Edie says:

      I was going to troll you, but Ishihara is doing a good enough job of that. I like how you turned an issue of some dick politician grandstanding to score votes at the expense of otaku, into a personal attack on the gay community and women, ie. you. You’re barely any better than he is.

      I could go on at some length on the topic of his motivations, but I get the impression that you don’t actually care :/

  5. drmchsr0 says:

    …Does the man even know what Christian morals mean?

    Let me spell it out for anyone who thinks he’s right.

    It’s to realize that in this world, there will be people you don’t agree with, people who might want to smear your name, and people who might want to murder you. One with Christian morals is supposed to not just condemn their actions, but also to LOVE THEM UNCONDITIONALLY. Whether be radical atheist, militant Islamic Radical, gay, lesbian, lolicon artist, lonely otaku, woman OR children.

    It is also a call, nay, an order to let them live out their lives while disapproving of their actions. In other words, to agree to disagree.

    And I’m Christian and I’m supposed to be the bigoted one.

    • Drifter says:

      Amen Brother… Amen!

      There was even a passage in the Bible that says, “When people throw stone at you, throw to them a loaf of bread back.” Christianity is something that accepts all sinners and leads them to the light not probate reformat them for what they want to do. Christainity was never forced, it was a choice made and a choice to accept.

  6. tyciol says:

    So apparently we should be inhibiting our sexuality, cool.

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