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Porn Anime & Games to Be Banned by Japan Bans Minors

  • Date: 12-16-2010 Views:

    KeyWords: Porn Games,Japan Bans Minors

  • Summary: Governments and people of insight in various countries all hope to protect teenagers from harmful games, and prevent them from being too addicted to games. As the South Korean government passed laws to ban teenagers from surfing on the Internet all night, the Japanese government now takes action too.
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Porn Anime & Games to Be Banned by Japan Bans Minors


By Jeffry Lau

Years ago, I joined an online game company after graduation and stepped into this industry by coincidence. At spare-time, I always pay close attention to the development of gaming industry and write industry reviews for MMOsite.


Governments and people of insight in various countries all hope to protect teenagers from harmful games, and prevent them from being too addicted to games. As the South Korean government passed laws to ban teenagers from surfing on the Internet all night, the Japanese government now takes action too. The majority of the general affairs committee of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly voted for the revised Tokyo Metropolitan Ordinance Regarding the Healthy Development of Youths, which's pushed by Shintaro Ishihara. This indicates that the amended Ordinance, aiming to ban Japanese minors from porn anime and games, will take effect after being passed at the plenary session on Dec. 15.

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Proposed by Shintaro Ishihara, governor of Tokyo, the amended Ordinance defines all the 18- characters featured in anime, comics and games as "non-existent youths", and instructs the publishers and stores to conscientiously refuse to sell the works that contain any sexual descriptions of such characters to the minors. In some degree, the amended Ordinance is similar to the game-restriction bill, which was proposed by Arnold Schwarzenegger (governor of California, USA) and bans the sale of violent video games to minors.

The Ordinance was rejected this June because of Japanese publishers and anime authors' appeal for free composition. As the amended Ordinance was passed, many famous anime authors like Fujio Fujiko, Takahashi Rumiko and Takahashi Yousuke have strongly expressed their opposition to it, and ten well-known Japanese publishers including Kadokawa Shoten, Kodansha, Shogakukan and Shueisha will also collectively boycott next year's Tokyo International Anime Fair in protest.

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The passed new bill is expected to come into effect officially in July, 2011. As the Japanese anime industry responds harshly to the bill, the Japanese game industry's attitude toward it is still unknown.

In comparison with the Asian and European countries' carefulness about violent and porn games, the US government seems unable to do much, since despite the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) ratings, large numbers of violent and porn games still come to minors and bring very bad effects.