Japan outlaws child porn images - but not in comic books


tay
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Japan's parliament has passed a law that bans the possession of child abuse images which excludes pictures in comics, animations and video games.


Child safety campaigners say the new legislation is a long-overdue improvement, but are unhappy with the exclusions.


The ban does not apply to animation or to comic art known as manga.


Analysts say there was strong resistance from manga artists, free-speech advocates and publishers.


They said it would impinge on freedom of expression and allow authorities to make arbitrary decisions about art.


The Japan Magazine Publishers' Association, which represents over 90 publishing companies, posted a statement on its website earlier in June saying the law could "put a strain" on artists and publishing culture.


The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Tokyo says Japan is still considered one of the world centres for the exchange and consumption of images of child sexual abuse.


Crimes related to child sexual abuse have reportedly been on the rise in Japan.


Police uncovered 1,644 cases last year, about 10 times higher than a decade ago.


More than half of the cases involved sharing or selling photos or videos over the internet, police said.


The new law will allow those who do possess such material a year to get rid of it.






BBC News - Japan bans child pornography possession
 
Praxius
Free Thinker
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Aren't these the same people who have some sort of law that you can't have porn with pubic hair removed or something? (Like you have to have some form of pubic hair, where other porn around the world can have whatever style they want down under?)

The same bunch who's porn has genitalia usually censored out (thus kinda defeating the purpose of being porn)??

Serious questions as I never really looked into that "Area" myself.... erm.... at least not the Japanese side of things.

The furthest I ever got was MxC with Kenny Blankenship and Vic Romano.... and who could ever forget Guy LeDouche?
 
Sal
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The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Tokyo says Japan is still considered one of the world centres for the exchange and consumption of images of child sexual abuse.

Crimes related to child sexual abuse have reportedly been on the rise in Japan.

they need tighter laws, this isn't any good
 
tay
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Who knew that possessing child porn in Japan was legal.


Which beings me to wonder where else may it be legal.......
 
B00Mer
Republican
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Quote: Originally Posted by tayView Post

Who knew that possessing child porn in Japan was legal.


Which beings me to wonder where else may it be legal.......

Legal status of child pornography by country (hover your mouse over map)

The countries shaded red have no laws concerning child pornography. More than I would have thought.
 
Sal
No Party Affiliation
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

Legal status of child pornography by country (hover your mouse over map)

The countries shaded red have no laws concerning child pornography. More than I would have thought.

What is ISP reporting because we don't have it?
 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

What is ISP reporting because we don't have it?


ISP, Internet Service Provider.

ISP's in Canada are not required to track and/or report illegal activities, such as child porn, to authorities in Canada.
 
Sal
No Party Affiliation
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Quote: Originally Posted by gerryhView Post

ISP, Internet Service Provider.

ISP's in Canada are not required to track and/or report illegal activities, such as child porn, to authorities in Canada.

I am shocked.
 
gerryh
+1
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

I am shocked.


Really? You would like to see law enforcement agencies have access to your browsing/email through your ISP without a warrant?
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by gerryhView Post

Really? You would like to see law enforcement agencies have access to your browsing/email through your ISP without a warrant?

no I wouldn't like that...but if someone posts porn do they get reported....

how do we catch the predators?

they do find them here so there must be a way
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Japan made the right cut. It protects children from being sexually abused, but allows people who get all lathered up over kids to get their jollies.
 
shadowshiv
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

no I wouldn't like that...but if someone posts porn do they get reported....

how do we catch the predators?

they do find them here so there must be a way

It's generally by people that report suspicious activities in chatrooms/forums or by pictures that are posted in them. About a year or two ago, a Russian spammer posted kiddie porn here (thankfully the children were still clothed, but the intent was obvious). We (Andem) reported it to the authorities.

With regards to manga/anime/hentai(porn version of anime). Some images I've seen have been skeevy, but for some reason Japanese artists liked to draw the figures looking quite young, even though they were (allegedly) not children. I never read or collected any manga like that. Adult figures are fine, not the skeevy ones. Glad they are at least taking a step in the right direction, but now they have to go all the way.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by tayView Post

Japan's parliament has passed a law that bans the possession of child abuse images which excludes pictures in comics, animations and video games.

And that's good, common sense.

I don't see why cartoon child paedophilia should be banned. It's bloody cartoons, not real children.

Cartoon paedophilia is legal in many countries, including Denmark, Australia and USA, as well as Japan. It was legal in Britain until as recently as 2009, when our then weird lefty Labour Government decided to outlaw comic strip or CGI children being "sexually abused". I think the victims marched on Whitehall demanding it, like something from Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
 

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