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Japan: UN envoy calls on Japan to ban extreme child manga porn

A UN special envoy Monday, October 26, called on Japan to ban cartoon images featuring “extreme” sexualized images of children, after Tokyo last year fell into line with other G7 nations by criminalizing possession of child pornography. Full Article

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  1. Q

    This would censure free speech and artistry. I’ll bet some US agency is behind this attempt to stifle freedom of expression.

  2. ab

    Its a cartoon….what is the UN’s definition of extreme? Better yet who is actually sexualizing prepubescent children with child pornography laws? I know not every person depicted or every producer is found and questioned about their own perspective on materials. So who is anyone else to say that something is sexual just because another third party could possibly view it that way? Exploitation and abuse are unacceptable no matter what, but unless verified first hand, the authorities of the world should refrain from slapping victim and perpetrator labels on people because those individuals fit into some legal categorization that paint reality as far more black and white than it is while undermining true justice by preventing any acknowledgement of potential agency or other rational non sexual explanations of events/conduct/content.

  3. Nicholas Maietta

    Playing devil’s advocate here, but if it’s a cartoon and drawn by someone and never involved a real child, then technically it’s not child pornography is it? This sure smells like thought crimes to me.

    A cartoon is not a child. This is not how you go about protecting children.

  4. Eric Knight

    One US citizen was convicted for manga possession he acquired legally through US / International postal mail. Christopher Handley plead guilty and spent six months in jail. Had he been convicted in court, he may have been sentenced up to 15 years at the time. Luckily, he didnt have to register as a sex offender.

    Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Handley

    Cached copy of judgment: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:vlr1xoFu-LEJ:www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2010/02/sentencingmanga.pdf+&cd=5&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

    If you want the full PDF of the judgment, it is here:
    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CDoQFjAEahUKEwjI6finw-PIAhVHYiYKHaKrBCA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wired.com%2Fimages_blogs%2Fthreatlevel%2F2010%2F02%2Fsentencingmanga.pdf&usg=AFQjCNFQiqYqLTLrWvVQ1gR8vom6IZzAag&sig2=amV-U-zfSXMSUDjJZ5ar1A

  5. Justice For ALL

    I’ll take it one step further Nicholas Maietta;

    How about movie scenes (or TV shows, hell, even porn!) that depict rape or someone getting raped? Would that be considered a crime? Would that “imaginary” character be considered a victim and the director/actors be charged with committing violent sex crimes, but producing it with intent to distribute?

    I think not.

    • bumblebee

      It is indeed a thought crime, and another way to demonize people. If you see a terrorist’s beheading video does that mean you enjoy it and are going to go out and do it, too?

    • New Person

      Or how about tv shows depicting underage kids having sex? There’s lots of shows that imply underage kids are having sex. Shouldn’t that be controlled too? Or Banned? Aaron Spelling wouldn’t be rich at all.

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