Shintaro Ishihara’s Last Victory?

Many of the readers of my blog are well informed, so I’m certain many of you already know that Tokyo Governor Ishihara has been re-elected to a 4th term.

Much has been made over Mr. Ishihara’s decisive victory. He gathered near 1 million more votes than Higashikokubaru, who came in 2nd and pulled ahead by 16 points at 43.9 versus Higashikokubaru’s 26.5 points.

But an interesting article here points out something few noticed.

When Mr. Ishihara was first elected to office, he won only 30.5% of the vote. In 2003, he won by an astonishing 70.2%. But then in 2007, his only got 51.1%, a respectable number even still. But in 2011, he won at 43.4%. Clearly, Mr. Ishihara’s popularity is not increasing, but going down instead.

But why didn’t it go down enough for his opposition to win?

Mr. Ishihara really didn’t endear himself by saying some nasty things to many groups of people this last year. His policies regarding the Tsukiji fish market and the troubled ShinGinko Tokyo is still very unpopular among many voters. This doesn’t include any of the talk regarding gays and manga, among other issues.

In fact, the Governor appears to have been dead set at not running, not because he felt he couldn’t win, but because he grew tired of being governor and worried that his health may not be good enough to carry him through another 4 year term.

Mr. Ishihara was working closely with former Kanagawa Prefecture Governor, Mr. Shigefumi Matsuzawa to be his successor, but due to Mr. Matsuzawa’s inability to energize a strong election campaign and difficulty with working with Mr. Ishihara’s Tokyo area LDP and NKP leadership, the relationship fell apart, thus leading to Mr. Ishihara to re-enter into the race.

There are strong indication that Mr. Matsuzawa will be invited into Mr. Ishihara’s team at Tokyo. Mr. Matsuzawa’s position on censorship of popular culture and attitudes regarding foreigners overlaps considerably with Mr. Ishihara, so they will be good match. Just google his name in English and you’ll find juicy stuff in no time.

Had there been a strong contender against Mr. Ishihara, the chances for Mr. Ishihara’s victory might not have been so secure. After all, if you add up the numbers, Higashikokubaru at 2nd place and Watanabe at 3rd place combined won more votes than Ishihara.

So what happened?

Well, this article on the Japan Times helps to explain a lot of things.
Quite simply said, the March 11th Earthquake and its aftermath dominated the mass media so much that it was virtually impossible for the candidates to get their message out. In any crisis situation, the incumbent is in a very powerful position, since they can get news coverage by simply by acting like a governor or the head of any executive body.

What made things worse was that Higashikokubaru and Watanabe end up splitting the opposition vote. Had one or the other stayed out of the race, things might have looked a lot more differently.

Will Mr. Ishihara’s re-election mean censorship of manga and anime will increase? Many would imagine that would be the case, but things are not so straightforward. Mr. Ishihara has claimed over and over that he is simply calling for better rating and not outright censorship. Those words could come in very handy in the future.

PS: Yes, I am well aware of the news regarding the talk of self-censorship of the manga industry. I am gathering notes on that so I can talk about it more thoroughly.

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75 Responses to Shintaro Ishihara’s Last Victory?

  1. lorddivides says:

    Well, I have to say, I’m unpleasantly surprised that Ishihara got re-elected at all. Especially after some of the stuff he’s been saying.

    Ahh well… Maybe things will work out anyway.

    • lorddivides says:

      (“Maybe things will work out,” might come off as an oddly worded statement in light of the recent earthquake and its aftermath. Hopefully, though, people understand what I mean XD.)

  2. DVD says:

    Lets’s not Akira koike, Since he’s part of the opposition against Ishihara.

    • DVD says:

      “not forget”, aorry i forgot that.

      • lorddivides says:

        “Lets’s not (forget) Akira koike, Since he’s part of the opposition against Ishihara.”

        Can you expand on this statement some? I think you’re trying to imply something a tad more specific than what you’re saying, but I can’t quite pinpoint it.

        • DVD says:

          Let’s not forget the japanese communist party’s Governor candidate Akira koike, Since he was part of the opposition against Ishihara on youth ordinance “bill 156” and he made some interviews that he was willingly to cancel the bill if he was elected Governor.

          So there is a caring chance that the “JCP” will join forces against the youth ordinance.

  3. Jeffrey Rolek says:

    this blows my mind on so many levels.
    i’m shocked that anybody would vote for Ishihara after he said that the earthquake/tsunami is a devine punishment from god.
    the voting should start all over again.
    what a shameful election.

    • Darklord says:

      my friend, if u look at the poll, i don’t think u should be so surprise

      More than 70% vote for that man are OVER 70, big guy! Seriously! You guys might say that i’m overreacting, but i can guarantee u guys sth:

      In my opinion, all of those geezers, after the shock from the disaster, combine with the pressure in life they’ve been endured, ARE PROBABLY THINK THAT THAT FAGGOT ISHIHARA CAN BRING BACK ALL THEIR GOOD DAYS FROM MORE THAN 50 YEARS AGO, BACK TO THE PRESENT; ESPECIALLY WITH ALL THE SHIT HE KEEP OVERREACTING, JUST LIKE THEMSELVES!

      I’m sincerely sorry if my comment got on your nerves, but that’s exactly what i have in my head

      • DVD says:

        But the vote that Dan has shown was a turn out , As he has said Ishihara’s popularity is decreasing.

        Don’s forget that he has voting support from the new komeito party(which is a religous party) and other parties as well .

  4. reikas says:

    T___T
    Hope the manga/anime insutry never give up and continue their fight.

  5. Sange says:

    I’m personally worried with these talks of self-censorship/regulation. There was a recent one in that publishers agreed not to publish any kind of material involving characters under 13 in sexual situations, if I recall correctly. From what I read, it doesn’t really matter since those publishers applying the self-regulation would never publish that type of material, anyway. I’m just worried this is the beginning of something worse.

  6. L says:

    “Mr. Ishihara has claimed over and over that he is simply calling for better rating and not outright censorship.”

    Surely this makes sense? If this is what he really wants to happen then I cannot see the problem. Rating systems exist for most other types of media (film and games being prime examples) without causing any censorship apocalypse. Something similar to the CERO system perhaps?

    • Ryan Ashlight says:

      That may well be the case given his repeated statements, but I don’t think it wise to take Ishihara at his word. Better yet to stay on guard and keep a watchful eye out for any such efforts on his part.

  7. Surrealism says:

    So, let me get this straight. Involving the manga industry’s self-regulation. I read it from another source but is this the manga industry’s ploy for actual guidelines against Ishihara? Or is this just a way to appease him in some sort of “take one for the team” strategy? Because the majority of corporations have said they wont cave in yet this happens easily. There has to be something behind it. Dan, would you think that these self-regulations are being done in order to avoid more censoreship by Bill 156? Comparing the manga industry’s new regulations to Ishihara’s, the latter is still the most extreme IMO. Given Bill 156 is known for its vagueness and its wide scope of targetting anything. Yet this Bill came up because of Ishihara constantly claiming that the industry was too loose. So perhaps the industry’s just doing this to shut Ishihara up. And maybe people will gradually forget about everything.

    • Surrealism says:

      Forgot to mention something. When I read those guidelines the industry set up, it really does seem like some sort of appeasement for Ishihara to prevent further censorship. I remember his comments back in November-December. He kept babbling something like, “The industry is selling immoral manga with elementary students being raped to minors and their readers have corrupt DNA”. And Ishihara genuinely believes this will just target hardcore shit, despite the Bill was written very vaguely. Those comments could come back to haunt him in the future. Like you said Dan, you’ve never seen a store selling rape manga to a minor…and the industry knows how thick headed Ishihara is. So instead of convincing him, it seems this is being done so he’d quit bitching on it in the future, perhaps. But, who knows.

      • Surrealism says:

        Finally, something relating what Sange said, the new regulations seem like something magazines would never publish in serializations outside ero/adult manga. So this is looking like an appeasement to me, if anything. And given that there’s actual guidelines (instead of some vague as hell term like ‘immoral acts of cruelty of any age’) means they’re either playing safe or getting Ishihara off their case.

        • Ryan Ashlight says:

          I have to agree. If Ishihara’s entire argument revolves around the industry “being too loose” with its regulations, then one of the best ways to fight against it is to raise regulations of their own accord. If and when anymore efforts are made to increase Bill 156’s power, you can bet that will be one of the first things to come out of their mouth.

          It just goes to show how far ahead they’re trying to think.

          • Surrealism says:

            Exactly.

            Aki Sora’s (a seinen with heavy incest and vanilla, aka softcore hentai) first and third volumes going out of print after July because of Bill 156 is probably one of the main reasons they’re trying to make their own guidelines in the industry. They probably want to think realistically too and do something that’ll silence the governor’s ranting and prevent further censoreship.

            • Jeffrey Rolek says:

              If Ishihara calls readers of hentai and lolicon “People with warped DNA”, I no longer feel human right now. I now feel Super-Human.

  8. DVD says:

    There is a interesting article about a artist critical of the ordinance, He tells many hints about sexuals taboos, culture differences and political use.

    http://vobo.jp/jourei_sasaki.html

    http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=es&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=ja&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fvobo.jp%2Fjourei_sasaki.html

  9. Jeffrey Rolek says:

    Shintaro Ishihara is also a right-wing extremist.
    I read his book “The Japan That Can Say No”.
    That has plenty of right-wing comments in it.
    In the book, the reason why America dropped atomic bombs on Japan and not on Nazi Germany was because the Germans were “white people” and the Japanese are not.
    This information, of course, is incorrect and racist.
    The book is trying to not make the Japanese into “yes men” for America.
    I think the main reason on why there were so many votes for Ishihara is bacause maybe the voters are too scared to stand up against him.
    I for one, am not.
    It’s time for us Otaku to say “YES” to the anime/manga industry, and “NO” not only to Bill 156, but also to Shintaro Ishihara.
    In other words, we are “The Otaku That Can Say No (To Shintaro Ishihara)”.

    • lorddivides says:

      For the record, I’m behind this 110%.

      I’m just wondering what effective counter measures people have now that the guy’s been elected for a whole new term…

      • lorddivides says:

        (To be clear, I’m more talking about Ishihara in general. I understand that Bill 156 can still be repealed… although I imagine even that is gonna be a LOT harder with Ishihara still in office XD.)

        • lorddivides says:

          (Triple posting, sorry.)

          Erm, I think that statement may have been subconsciously akin to a rhetorical question. Yeah, I get one’s “counter measures” ARE to oppose any and all BS Ishihara tries to push forward. I guess I’m more just lamenting how one of the best opportunities to stop him from doing any more harm didn’t go through (he got re-elected), and that as a consequence the fight for sanity is gonna be a lot harder now.

          Still offering my moral support for those still fighting the good fight, though, 110%.

    • msoltyspl says:

      In context of saying “no”, I wonder if they will ever have enough balls to say “no” to e.g. our beloved “article” 175 from late Meiji period. Think we all have seen enough mosaic, bars, blobs, convenient censoring, steam and so on … enough for few millenia at least.

      • Jeffrey Rolek says:

        I agree with you.
        I was told about this at a hentai discussion panel.
        We Americans are totally resposible for putting mosaics over live-action and animated nudity.
        And as an American myself, I would like to apologize for this.
        I truely believe that censorship is evil.
        Take a look back at censorship laws in Stalin’s Russia and Hitler’s Germany.
        Some people believe that censorship is a good thing.
        But others, like myself, believe that it will end with bad results.
        Freedom to speech and freedom to the Anime Industry!

        • msoltyspl says:

          Well, not to branch offtopic too much, but “we” (I’m not American :) ) are not responsible for anything, at least according to what I’ve read so far on the subject. Two really nice sources I managed to find are:

          http://redsiglo21.com/eiga9/articulos/obscenity.html
          http://works.bepress.com/amanda_dobbins/1/

          Especially the 1st link.

          FYI;

          While at this subject, I’m curious (this is I guess mostly question to Dan, maybe a subject for some future blog ?) – how does regular Japanese feel about the whole mosaic / bar / etc. thing ? The presence of ones being reason of gross misinterpretation (or overinterpretation) of ancient §175. It’s been over 50 years since the trial that sort-of started it all – and aside that it made no sense whatsoever, it makes even less now with internet and simple google at click’s distance.

  10. Nando says:

    Forgive me, but I cannot take anything Ishihara says at face value.

    The man is a good example of a by-the-numbers political opportunist. We see people like him in the US all the time, for example Scott Walker who recently used some of Ishihara’s dirty tactics to push through a much more dangerous bill in the face of much more significant opposition. But that’s neither here nor there, so I digress.

    It would not surprise me if the final push to his decision to run was in fact the earthquake and the aforementioned “disaster factor” for the incumbent.

    Another thing we see a lot in the US is when an incumbent who recently took controversial action wins re-election anyway, they take it as approval of said action and become emboldened – “political capital,” as you may. What will this mean for Ishihara? Obviously, none of us can see the future, but he does not strike me as the type of man who simply fills his office without doing anything. Could he next seek to increase the power of last year’s bill? Go after the internet? Simply consolidate the power held even prior to the bill? We will have to see.

    • lorddivides says:

      Agreed on all accounts.

      However, would it not be unreasonable to hope that maybe if he becomes too emboldened his actions might backfire and not only get him blocked by the checks and balances, but maybe even lose some of the ground he’s already made when people realize the madness?

      I dunno, I’m probably being too optimistic to assume this is a reasonable likelyhood, so maybe I shouldn’t be talking… but ya know… just putting it out there?

      • Nando says:

        I would like to believe you are right, but the fact he got re-elected even after his comments on the earthquake made me have my doubts.

        • Surrealism says:

          Still, Dan reported that Ishihara got way less popular than he was during the last three elections.

          And that doesn’t mean less popular amongst the otaku crowd, but just amongst people in general (His cases with the shinginko and the fish market have given him bad reputations).

          It’s basically this, had Hideo been able to spread his message out to more people, this election could have turned out differently.

          • Ryan Ashlight says:

            Very true. My heart goes out to all Japanese whose lives were affected by the earthquake, but it’s frustrating to think about just how different things could’ve been if just a few things had changed.

            As you said, Ishihara’s popularity continues to decline, and if you believe what he said about his health, there’s always the chance he may be forced to resign before this term is up. Wishful thinking on my part, I know, but you never know what may happen.

  11. Josh Taylor says:

    He’ll scare his voters into voting him for PM. Ishihara’s plans (if he gets elected as PM after his 4th term as governor) is to pick up where Tojo and his war buddies have left. Reconquer Hawaii, the US and French territories and try to conquer the US West Coast. No one is going to win, the deficit in the US, the EU and the world will get worse if Obama or any next US president goes to war against Ishihara. Racist propaganda against Japan in the US will happen again like in the time of F. Roosevelt’s term, Japanese Americans will be rounded up and sent back to the old WWII detention camps once again. Another Pearl Harbor will happen.

    • Jeffrey Rolek says:

      We must not let people like Ishihara make his citizens and politicians into “government puppets”.
      People need to realize what kind of person his really is beneath the surface.
      They must stand up for their rights and and freedoms.
      Like Tojo, his political career will evntually come to an end.

  12. Firetribe says:

    Well you win some, you lose some. And honestly, I saw the odds of him losing stacked against us. But this situation is’t without precedence. Powerful movements have emerged because of a election and have changed political landscapes. So it’s not the time to lament and lose hope, but to get organized and fight further regulation that could possibly come down the pipeline, then ultimately to reverse 156.
    No matter how long it takes, I believe this is a battle that must be fought.

  13. Pass says:

    Dan are mangakas going to boycott the next summer comiket too?
    I remember that the old comikets take places in another prefecture before they move to tokyo. It will be a good idea to move back to the old location (in Chiba prefecture?).

    • David says:

      I certainly hope they’re going to boycott it and/or move it. Honestly, if the intent was to just boycott it once, then I can’t imagine it would have been a very effective gesture even before it got overshadowed by a certain disaster XD.

      But actually being long-term about this… that might get the politicians’ attention.

  14. Mike Craig says:

    The Comic-1o Association didn’t just give up the fight because of the earthquake and tsunami and this ‘self-restraint” crud, did they.

  15. RaiJinRyu says:

    Thanks for this! Please keep us in touch with this flow of events.

    Sorry in advance for my bad English…

    PS: About all this situation…well, Mr. Ishihara, you need is to better educate your children and make a better conditions to live for the people…and not to blame some non-realistic work for the degradation of people.

  16. Jeffrey Rolek says:

    I’ve just learned that after the earthquake/tsunami, members of the Yakuza are lending a helping hand by delivering tons of supplies and food to their fellow Japanese citizens.
    And they are also looking out for looters on their turfs.
    After reading about this, I was kind of shocked and surprised.
    First, I was surprised that the Yakuza had return to their traditional “Samurai Robin Hood” characteristics.
    And second, I’m shocked that the Yakuza are much more caring to the tsunami survivors than Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara.

    • lorddivides says:

      It’s been pointed out that the Yakuza has good reason to take care of Japan in crisis situations, since it affects them financially as much as everyone else.

      Still doesn’t change the fact that their relative ability to help out compared to what Ishihara is doing is, frankly, a tad telling XD.

  17. Jeffrey Rolek says:

    I decided to look over Bill 156 again, saying that “any manga, anime or pictures (not real-life pictures or footage) in any sexual or psuedo sexual acts that are illigal in real-life”.
    So I conducted a little experiment on myself.
    I decided to watch both hentai and Japanese pornography (mostly starring Maria Ozawa) and see if there are any differences.
    My result is that hentai is actually less arousing than Japanese pornagrahy.
    When I watch hentai (eventhough most of it looks realistic), it seems to not have a stimulating effect on me (mostly because it’s animation and not real-life people and that the voices are done by voice-actors reading rom a script).
    However, watching Japanese pornography is the complete opposite.
    Everything you see on screen it the real deal.
    The actors are real, the intercourse if authentic and that their voices proove that they’re really getting aroused.
    All this had some scientific reaction (such as sweating, elevated heartbeat and even sexual arousal).
    And that is my experiment on what is “harmful material” in Japanese media.
    This prooves that Gov. Ishihara’s belief that hentai is harmful is NOT true.

    • David says:

      Uh, to be fair, different people are interested in different things. Just because you’re generally not interested/less interested in hentai doesn’t mean there aren’t others who aren’t equally interested in it or even more interested in it than they are in live action porn…

      (For the record, I tend to prefer live porn, at least on average… but at the same time I’ve definitely “had my heartbeat elevated” by naughty content in cartoons as well, so…)

      Now, it might be a fair assumption that live action would be, on average, at least slightly more influential than cartoons, but really… I don’t think it matters: Ishihara’s arguments are filled with holes even without that.

      • Jeffrey Rolek says:

        What I’m trying to proove is that I’ve seen matrial in Japanese pornography that have even more extreme perversions then certain hentai.
        Some are so extremely disturbing, I can’t even decribe most of them all.
        I’ve actually seen them on the shelves in “DVD shops” in Tokyo.
        Also, there are many signs outside the shops telling people that they have to be 18 or orlder to enter.

        • Jeffrey Rolek says:

          Also, I can describe Bill 156 with three diffrent conclusions.

          1.) Bill 156 is solely created to regulate and police the anime/manga industry not to draw/depict “harmful material” in manga and anime in order to protect Tokyo’s children so that they can grow up into healthy adults in the near future.

          2.) Most Otakus and mangaka want the civil right to draw, animate, buy and sell anime/manga without being forced by their own government to tell them what and what not to draw and tell them what’s right and what’s wrong because it can harm the younger generation and believe that Bill 156 is nothing but total nonsence.

          3.) There’s just cartoons, so who cares?

          • Jeffrey Rolek says:

            I would like to say that there’s nothing wrong with watching/reading/drawing hentai, lolicon, shotakon, doujinshi, yuri and yaoi.
            As long as you’re over the age of 18 and not show or lend it to minors, you have the right do so as long as you follow those rules.
            I for one (and many other Otakus in the world, as well in Japan) am a huge fan of this type of artwork.
            We have no shame, guilt or sin to enjoy what we watch and read.
            And as fans, whenever we decide to sit down and read or watch any one of these genres, we are being healthy, sane , intergrated and independent.
            And that’s the most healthy and powerful part of an Otaku’s personality.
            Ishihara can try to police this type of Otaku culture, but he can NEVER police our pride of the genre we enjoy watching and reading.

            • David says:

              I fully agree that adults should be free to view whatever they want.

              And no, Ishihara can’t police our pride. He’s made some very insulting statements to go with this bill, but yeah, those aren’t what worry me, because frankly: Who cares? We know we’re not doing anything wrong. “Degenerate DNA” my ass.

              My concern, though, is that this bill seems to be trying to intimidate manga artists from producing works covering certain material [some of which I actually consider fairly benign. The scope of the bill seems to include such stuff as non-pornographic Shoujo-AI and Shonen-AI (specifically, under the undue glorification clause, IIRC), stuff that I will defend to the bitter end, thank you very much] and while I doubt he can kill the the culture worshiping this material in one fell swoop, he may yet do quite a bit of damage. Ultimately, a large part of it depends on how much people let themselves be cowed by this guy.

              I will say that at first I was practically convinced the animeme (as I call it) was as good as dead because of this bill. I’m currently keeping a relatively close eye on how the anime and manga industry responds to this bill so I can better understand the actual effects it’s having. It’s still too early in the game to make any solid calls, but I can say that so-far it’s looking a bit more hopeful that I had initially given things credit for. And by “a bit,” I mean: A LOT.

              And to that, I must say a firm: <3.

          • David says:

            The problem with the bill isn’t simply that it’s the government trying to control anime/manga artists (although that certainly is cause for objection in and of itself). What a lot of people are complaining about is that the bill is ambiguously worded, which raises concerns with anime and manga artists because it’s almost impossible for them to know if a given work they’re creating will be “punished” by the bill or not.

            I don’t know if you knew that, but it certainly doesn’t seem to be what you were getting at there, from how I was reading it.

            Anyway, as for “conclusion” #1, I honestly don’t know what the governments intent is, but I can think of a few theories other than protecting children.

        • David says:

          Sure, and I agree with that, going by my (admittedly relatively limited) understanding of things.

          I’m just not sure how monitoring your own, personal, physical reactions helps to prove this theory…

          • David says:

            Ya know, forget I said this, it’s not important.

            Bottom line is I agree with your statement, even if I’m a little confused as to your evidence.

  18. Jeffrey Rolek says:

    I’ve just discovered that there’s a list of hentai titles that Ishihara has released to the public saying that it’s “harmful”.
    On the top of the list is “Aki Sora” (Autumn Sky).
    The manga’s writter, Masahiro Itosugi, announced on her Twitter page that there will be no more publishings/printings of the manga that she (a woman) put her whole heart and support into.
    This is a very sad case in which a mangaka’s dreams and career has been destroyed and ripped to shreds all because some right-wing nutjob had to go and create a bill.
    There’s this old saying that I’ve been hearing all my life,
    “The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword”.
    And it has became the battle cry for mangakas (and Otakus) everywhere.
    Stand up proud for your rights, and draw with all your might!

    • David says:

      Looking at the wikipedia article for that series, it seems that’s actually a case of the “‘undue’ glorification of incest clause.” Would I be correct in this assumption?

  19. Jeffrey Rolek says:

    I was gonna go to Tokyo in March for the Anime Contents Expo (a form of counter attack against Bill 156 & Tokyo International Anime Fair, with Ishihara as chairman).
    But due to the earthquake/tsunami, I had to cancel my plans to go.
    Both TIAF & ACE were cancelled as well.
    Bill 156 was still undefeated.
    Then today, I went on AnimeNewsNetwork and discovered something shocking.
    On May 18th, Shintaro Ishihara was on a televison interview.
    Here’s what he said,

    “I wasn’t sure what the major publishers were paranoid about.
    There was the Anime Fair.
    But, they said, ‘We will not go and will hold at Makuhari.’
    Then, the earthquake happened.
    Both were cancelled.
    They deserved it.”
    -Shintaro Ishihara

    That right, Ishihara said in his own words that ACE (as well as myself) “deserved” to be cancelled for trying to stop Bill 156.
    What I’m trying to say is that I am a part of the ACE as well, and Ishihara disrespected me (as well as the Otaku & Japanese people) who were trying to help fight for a cause.
    And that cause is to liberate the anime/manga industry from evil (that includes Bill 156 and Shintaro Ishihara).
    We will hold the ACE next year.
    And year after that.
    And so on and so forth until we completely annihilate Bill 156 once and for all.
    Ishihara won’t even know what’ll hit him.
    We will keep on fighting for liberation & freedom.
    And we will smash every barrier put in front of us until the day we die.

    • Jeffrey Rolek says:

      We are the Otaku.
      We are your Mothers, Your Fathers,
      Your Sons, Your Daughters,
      Your Brothers, Your Sisters.
      We are Everywhere.
      From Japan to America,
      From the Northern tip of Scandanavia,
      To the scientific research centers of Antarctica.
      We are in your Schools & Offices.
      We are in your Government & Military.
      Whenever an Otaku dies, another one is reborn.
      We are an unstoppable & unbreakable force.
      We will defend the Otaku way of life,
      By any means necessary.
      Long Live the Otaku.

  20. Jeffrey Rolek says:

    It’s almost 1 more month until Bill 156 is passed.
    Even if it does get passed, we will never give up our rights to draw whatever we like.
    We’ll continue our struggle for freedom, even if we have to fight to the grave.

  21. Jeffrey Rolek says:

    Personally, I don’t see what’s the big deal with Lolicon.
    I see it as a form of art.
    There’s these people (like Ishihara) who think that Lolicon artists are only exercising with “child pornography loopholes” and making money off it.
    I discovered that the Lolicon industry made $5.5 billion in the year 2000 alone.
    When i read Lolicon, I personally don’t view them as children.
    They could be just dwarfs or grown women with growth disorders (like “Angel Core”).
    Some people just read Lolicon just for the cuteness of the character rather than age.
    The artists themselves create their Lolicon because they personally what to express their characters and story in a way they feel comfortable with.
    Whenever someone decides to buy, read and watch Lolicon, they are feeling just as free as the artist who created them.
    Even Konada’s dad in “Lucky Star” is an openly free “Lolicon”.
    I’m a fan of Lolicon and proud of it.
    But I need the right to have that pride.
    I don’t need someone in the government telling us that “I can’t watch and read Lolicon”.
    It’s just animation and nobody is being hurt, because it’s not real.
    If someone is upset with Lolicon and hate the way it’s drawn, that’s their problem.

  22. Jeffrey Rolek says:

    I wonder if American cartoons shown in Japan will become victims of Bill 156 in the near future for showing “harmful material”?

    Cartoons such as South Park, Family Guy, The Simpsons Movie and others.

    Here are some examples.

    In “Family Guy”, there are jokes about incest (like the Osmonds reference), pedophilia (Herbert the old pedophile who always after Chris), homosexuality (Bruce), transgendering (Stewie dressed in drag), hypersexuality (Quagmire’s constant swinging) and murder (Stewie on a killing spree).

    “South Park” shares the same jokes as well as racism (Cartman’s anti-Semitism), swearing (always happening in every episode), mocking religion (such as Islam and Scientology) and others subjects including an episode about Japanese whaling.

    And in “The Simpsons Movie”, a PG-13 comedy, there is a 3 second clip of Bart exposing an animated penis while skateboarding naked in public.

    Eventhough some of these cartoons are offensive and controversial, they’re also very funny and very brilliant works of animation.

    We seem to have it really good here in the United States of America.

    We have the constitutional right to speak freely.

    Of course, there’s always trouble caused by the FCC on what to show and not show on the air.

    I think that Bill 156 is more extreme and harsh than anything the FCC has ever done against the right to freely express ourselfs in the media.

    Either way, it’s still censorship.

    Censorship just causes more and more problems instead of making things better.

    Seth MacFarlane, Matt Stone, Trey Parker and Matt Groening are true geniuses of animation and free speech (and the Japanese must become more like them).

  23. Jeffrey Rolek says:

    I’ve just heard that Ishihara is going to bid once again for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
    This is right after the tragic events of the earthquake and tsunami.
    He says that it will create support and friendship for Japan and the tsunami victims.
    Personally, I think that this is Ishihara’s attempt to cover-up his offensive comments about the tsunami victims and also to cover-up the passage of anti-Otaku Bill 156 to the public.
    This is not a great idea for Ishihara to have the Summer Olympics in Tokyo or anywhere else in Japan at this time (with the horror of the earthquake and tsunami still fresh).
    Imagine if the 2020 Games are passed and there was another earthquake.
    It would be extremely dangerous not only to the Japanese people, but to the athetes from other countries from all over the world.
    I just want everybody to know what I’m thinking before Ishihara (if still around in 2020) has any hindsight of what he has created.

    • DarkLord says:

      I don’t think this guy would stand a chance to live through this year, let a long 2020
      correct me if i’m wrong, but do you really think being a mayor of such a big, important city like Tokyo is an easy work? All kind of stressful works, plus he’s already 80, how long do you think he’s gonna collapse? And yes, you may think I’m bad, but if it’s possible, I would like to offer my soul to the Death to see him and his bullshit Bill 156 died forever.

      I’m sorry if my words are offended to you all. But I think this is what millions of otaku from both Japan & around the world think. That’s all for now

      • Jeffrey Rolek says:

        If you watch any news clip with Ishihara in it, you can notice that he occasionally blinks his eyes 3 times in 1 second. He’s still running as governor of Tokyo, but be can visually see his health already starting to deteriorate.

        That why I sometime say to myself,

        “Keep up the good work Ishihara. Your soul is still dancing.”

        LOL

  24. Mike Craig says:

    Japanese manga artists, publishers, animators have unions, right. Why couldn’t they just go on strike?

    • lorddivides says:

      What good would that do?

      It seems very doubtful that Ishihara cares if the manga industry fails (or, more accurately, it’s seeming quite possible he WANTS it to, for whatever reason), no matter how much damage that would do to the Japanese economy. Going on strike would basically just be telling him, “Hey man, you win!”

      Yeah, there are other politicians that would probably see some red warning lights, but most of those politicians already see this as a bad idea and are already against it.

      (Also, I imagine a lot of manga artists are sufficiently hand-to-mouth that going on strike would basically leave them homeless.)

      • Jeffrey Rolek says:

        The best way for the manga industry to show Shintaro Ishihara who’s boss is to NOT go on strike, but to create more and more manga that will drive him completely drive him out of his mind.

        Because the pen is much more mightier than the sword.

        • lorddivides says:

          Yeah, this.

          And actually, on TV Tropes, there’s a manga artist that people are speculating may have come out of retirement SPECIFICALLY TO stick it to Ishihara, so… <3.

  25. bill says:

    this guy was even a supporter of the group that gassed tokyo back in 95. how the hell does he keep getting elected?

    • dankanemitsu says:

      There are rumors that say Aum and Mr. Ishihara is linked, but I can’t speak for the validity of those statement. Mr. Ishihara has a commanding presence among those above the age 50. He is also very lucky, in my opinion, in that his last two elections were helped by very weak opponents or very incumbent friendly circumstances.

      • Jeffrey Rolek says:

        Shintaro Ishihara possibly linked with Aum Shinrikyo & the ’95 Sarin attacks?
        Wow, someone should create a manga & anime about THAT!

  26. Josh Taylor says:

    Kan is resigning as PM. The DPJ is considering Seiji Maehara as their replacement for PM, which will probably unlikely happen because The Political Funds Contribution Law bans donations from foreigners. Just like the Federal US law prohibits foreigners and foreign-born Americans from electing themselves as president, in other words, you have to be a natural born citizen, born from two American parents and no foreign parent. But I think the LDP will suggest that Shintaro’s son, Nobuteru, would become PM. And If that happens, the Ishihara clan will turn Japan into a Tojo-like government puppet state and like I said, finish off where Tojo and his war buddies have left off and reconquer Hawaii and the US-territories, and nations that associate with the US, Australia, and European nations including France. And if they succeed, they’ll try to conquer the US west coast, and possibly Alaska, Canada, and maybe Mexico. No one is going to win. Shintaro and His Son needs to be watched ’cause we don’t want to let them turn their voters into government puppets.

    The History of Pearl Harbor will repeat itself.

  27. birdofthehermes says:

    I personally think it would be a great idea if the industry could form some sort of grassroots association to protect anime and manga from censorship. For example, here in the U.S. concerning freedom of speech issues we have the ACLU and concerning 2nd amendment issues we have the NRA. I think it would be awesome if the anime and manga industry had a similar lobbying organization to the ACLU to fight for the rights of anime and manga to be as free as possible. If there is no organization such as this it would be awesome to see one.

    • Jeffrey Rolek says:

      I do happen to have an Otaku civil-rights website called “RevolutionOtaku”.
      The address is at
      http://www.revolutionotaku.webs.com
      It’s used to unite all of the Otakus of the world as one and protect the ideas and culture of the anime/manga industry.
      So far, I have members on my site from the United States, Canada and Europe.
      I know it’s really difficult to tell Governor Ishihara that what he’s doing is wrong, but at least it’s a first step for Otaku civil-rights.

      • birdofthehermes says:

        I just checked it out and I must say it’s impressive. I really wish Japan would create a grassroots, non-partisan association to combat anime and manga censorship.

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