Explicit Gay Manga Ban In Tokyo Jails, Challenged By Japanese Lawyers

mouse5The Ashashi Shinbum reports that lawyers have accused prison officials in Tokyo of discrimination after an inmate was refused comics depicting gay sex.

The discrimination comes into play, in that explicit manga featuring heterosexual scenes are not refused for similar inmates.

The complaint came from a 45-year-old man in jail for drugging someone and then robbing them. Five years ago, he requesting reading material that included the controversial scenes, to have them refused, as a matter of maintaining order and discipline. Other inmates however did not receive similar censure for their heterosexual-inclined choices.

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