Dearest _debbiechan_ ask me to post this...
It's all over the place... I still honestly I don't even know where to begin with the Japan's Tokyo government whatisthisfuckery. Kubo-sensei posted about the TAF (Tokyo International Animation Fair) 2011 that was boycott for next year as business and companies are being affected: 10 Manga Publishers to Boycott Tokyo Anime Fair
Later to follow with the passing of the Japan's Youth Ordinance Bill, the bill itself affects major business of Tokyo's metropolitan capital. The bill limit and restrict artistic values and freedom of expression for animators and publisher as you do know that anime-manga-games are Japan's culture.
From Japan Times:
A Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly panel Monday passed a controversial bill to toughen regulations on the sale of comics and animation containing depictions of "extreme" sexual acts.
The bill to revise the metropolitan government's ordinance seeking sound upbringing of youth will likely clear the assembly's plenary session Wednesday for enactment.
Amid complaints from the publishing industry that the bill could violate freedom of expression and stifle creativity, a clause was added demanding the assembly give consideration to artistic and social expressions and apply the ordinance carefully.
Subject to curbs under the bill will be depictions of rapes and other penal offenses and those "unduly lauding or exaggerating" incestuous affairs.
At Monday's meeting of the assembly's general affairs committee, the bill gained approval from members of the Democratic Party of Japan, the Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito, while those of the Japanese Communist Party and another minor caucus opposed it.
Japan Times: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20101214a2.html
Japan Today: http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/govt-to-allow-unlicensed-use-of-copyrighted-works
This will certain affect Shounen Jump and other publishing companies; of course it also affects the youth and younger generation, which it's our generation.
BRACE YOURSELF FOLKS!
The full Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly approved the government's revised bill to amend the Youth Healthy Development Ordinance on Wednesday afternoon.
The current ordinance already prevents the sale and renting of "harmful publications" — materials that are "sexually stimulating, encourages cruelty, and/or may compel suicide or criminal behavior" to people under the age of 18. Bill 156 would require the industry to also regulate "manga, anime, and other images (except for real-life photography)" that "unjustifiably glorify or exaggerate" certain sexual or pseudo sexual acts. Another section of the revised bill would allow the government to directly regulate the above images if the depicted acts are also "considered to be excessively disrupting of social order" such as rape.
The assembly also approved a non-binding supplemental resolution urging newly designated harmful publications to be carefully regulated, with the work's merits based on artistic, social, and other criteria to be taken into account in the evaluation process.
The voluntary self-regulation clauses will go into effect on April 1 of next year, and the restrictions on sales and renting will go into effect on July 1.
ETA: Full Tokyo Assembly Passes Youth Ordinance Bill
News travels bloody fast, Spank you astridstarr00:
UPDATE from Japan Times:
Ordinance passed against manga 'extreme sex'
The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly enacted an ordinance Wednesday to toughen regulations on the sale of manga and animation containing "extreme" depictions of sexual acts, despite claims from writers and publishers that it could breach freedom of expression and stifle creativity.
Publishers reacted strongly, threatening to withdraw from the 2011 Tokyo International Anime Fair, which is sponsored by the metropolitan government.
The ordinance calls on the industry to "self-regulate" to prevent people under age 18 from purchasing or accessing manga and "anime" containing depictions of rape and other sex crimes and those "unduly lauding or exaggerating" incest.
Manga the metropolitan government deems particularly malicious will be designated under the ordinance as "unhealthy books" and publishers will be banned from selling them to young people.
But the metropolitan government also added a clause stating it will give consideration to artistic and social expression and apply the ordinance carefully, although the clause is not legally binding.
The self-regulation rule takes effect April 1 and the sales restrictions July 1.
Last Friday, 10 major publishers, including Kodansha Ltd., Shueisha Inc. and Kadokawa Group Publishing Co., issued a statement saying they will refuse to take part in the internationally popular event slated to be held next March.
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