Lawyers and luminaries rise up against new anti-loli bill


Though defeated numerous times before, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is back, and has reintroduced a revised version of their original "nonexistent youth" protection bill, only now with new language allowing them to restrict pretty much anything kinky that "would excessively impede upon the formation of a healthy ability for judgement regarding sexuality of youth and there by be detrimental toward the healthy development of youth."

But you knew that already. What you need to know now is that the fight is on...again. Prominent industry writers and legal luminaries have risen up in protest of the bill. The Japan PEN Club as well as the Tokyo Bar Association have voiced their dissent. PEN Club writers stated that the bill threatens to "warp the freedoms of speech and expression".

In true lawyer-ly fashion, the Tokyo Bar Association contested the bill's dangerously vague wording. Though the fiddly "nonexistent youth" terms had been removed in the newly revised ordinance, it had instead been replaced with the equally fiddly term "exaggerated" to define all manner of things to be restricted. And given that manga, anime, and video games are exaggerated by nature, pretty much anything could fall under that description.

For its part, the Democratic Party of Japan (which opposed the bill last time), tweeted that it would be meeting once more with prominent manga creators (including Tetsuya Chiba of Ashita no Joe fame) and publishing associations this week.

Your friend and mine Dan Kanemitsu also revealed the bill itself extends beyond just manga and anime. Some of the rules it preserved from its previous incarnation include filtering cellphone internet access and, strangely, the ability to publicly humiliate any publisher that releases so-called "harmful books" more than six times a year. Check out his page to see the full scope of this ridiculousness.

What do you think? Is it even more infuriating now that you know the bill's not just about targeting otaku? 

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