Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sale of porno anime to be controlled in Japan


What is the boundary between freedom of expression and public decency? Better yet, should self-expression be limited or unlimited?
The Japan Times reported that legislators passed a controversial bill on Monday that will toughen regulations of the sale of Japanese comics and manga (anime) that contain intense sexual acts.
Such anime are very popular in the country. They can easily be bought on display in many convenience stores.
A panel deliberation of the bill that seeks sound upbringing of the youth will take place in a session on Wednesday for enactment.
The bill plans to toughen the government's stand against comic portrayal of incestuous affairs, penal offenses, and rape.
As expected, the bill received complaints from the publishing industry saying that it violates the freedom of expression and limits creativity. The industry also demanded to the assembly for consideration to artistic and social expression.
The proposed bill was opposed by the Japanese Communist Party and minor groups, but was well received by members of the Democratic Party of Japan, the Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito Party.
Author's note: In your opinion, should the media be censored in publishing reading materials that contain violence and pornography in lieu of creativity and freedom of expression?
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