Tokyo's Comic Code Final Reading Tomorrow

Tokyo's Comic Code Final Reading Tomorrow
"I really hope no one photoshops this image"

Yesterday, Bleeding Cool told you how ten of the biggest Japanese publishers had withdrawn from the government sponsored Tokyo Anime Fair after the city's governor Shintaro Ishihara, who is on the board of the TAF, supported a bill being passed through municipal government to restrict the sale of comic books with extreme sex scenes being sold to under 18s. The bill is supported by parental and teaching groups.

These scenes are described as those "with extreme depictions of rape, incest and other sex crimes, with images that are unjustifiably glorified and exaggerated". Works considered to fall into this category by an independent third party must then be moved from the general reading area in bookstores to the adult section. Failure to comply will result in fines.

The bill passed yesterday with its final reading Wednesday, and is expected to pass with little local political opposition.

But the Anime News Network reports that the Prime Mionister of Japan, a famed manga enthusiast is concerned that the law may mean the TAF is cancelled. And publishers have told creators to ignore the law in their work, and ket the publishers worry about it. And an influential group that representes mobile phone content has announced their opposition to the bill too.

And I'm told this morning of a planned cosplay protest today. Can't see the media not having a field day if that happens…

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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