Category Archives: nonexistent youth

Tokyo Begins Moralizing of Manga

Many of you have asked information regarding Tokyo’s recent decision to brand Imōto Paradise! 2 as harmful minors under the new guidelines that were created when Bill 156 was passed in December of 2010. I’ve provided my feedback on this issue … Continue reading

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Orwellian Obscenity

‘Who controls the past,’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’ -George Orwell, 1984 On April 19th, the offices of Core Magazine were raided by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police. The news regarding the … Continue reading

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Authority’s Authority

The last few entries of this blog has concerned itself with recent moves to increase censorship in Japan. Some examples of these include increased enforcement of obscenity laws (possibly as a consequence of Tokyo’s bid to hold the Olympics in … Continue reading

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Quick update: Bill to Expand Child Pornography to include Anime and Manga still on Table.

I am very sorry but I am very busy and unable to write about the recent developments regarding the Japanese Child Pornography Revision Bill. As I have written before, the bill has been shelves for the current session of the … Continue reading

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The Chilling Effect – How Censorship Begins without Censorship

Censorship thrives on fear. Sometimes the mere threat of censorship arising can cause businesses to change policies and authors to avoid certain subjects. This is particularly true in cases where the legal boundaries are left extremely vague and enforced unevenly. … Continue reading

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The Uneasy Ceasefire of 2012: Revised Tokyo Ordinance’s Current Status

I’ve had many people ask about what’s going on with Bill 156. If you are not familiar with Bill 156, please read THIS and THIS. In a nutshell, Bill 156 expanded Tokyo’s power to regulate manga and anime (and some … Continue reading

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March 11th, 2011 – The Day Japan’s Axis Shifted

Many commentators overseas and specialists on Japan have talked about how the March 11th Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami might be counted as major events along with the 1868 Meiji Restoration and the 1945 Japanese Defeat of World War 2. As … Continue reading

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The Lull Between the Storms – 2011 Update

Hello everyone. I’m sure you are wondering what’s been going on in Japan. I have mostly good news. Our book sold damn well at the Comic Market. 1000+ copies in less than two hours is pretty good, I’d say. We … Continue reading

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Monkey Business – Counterattack on Bill 156, Doujin Style

[Breaking News: Exclusive Preview of An Idiot’s Guide to Tokyo’s Harmful Books Regulation is now on ANN] Here is a long awaited update to what’s going on in Japan. If you want to skip ahead to the meat of the … Continue reading

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Governor Ishihara’s Alternate Universe

Tokyo Governor Claims Child Rape Manga are Marketed for Kids and Its Readers have Warped DNA Listening to Tokyo Governor Ishihara talk about manga and society, I can’t help but wonder if he lives in a different world than mine. … Continue reading

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