Mangaka petition against proposed 2D U18 regulations

This would be no longer legal.

Many famous manga creators have signed the petition against proposed law that would ban any slightly erotic depiction of 2D characters who would be or appear to be younger than 18 years old. A group of mangaka went to the Tokyo Governmental Office to present their petition against the speculated measure. The list contained names of many famous mangaka.

Fujiko Fujio A
Takao Saito
Juzo Yamasaki
Kenichi Kitami
Mitsuru Adachi
Rumiko Takahashi
Gosho Aoyama
Moto Hagio
Michiyo Akaishi
Wakuni Akisato

Hiroshi Motomiya
Makoto Ogino
Big Joe

Takeshi Ōmi
Uzuki Nakamura
Yudetamago
Takashi Sano

Tetsuya Chiba
Kenshi Hirokane
Kaiji Kawaguchi
Makoto Kobayashi
Takeshi Maekawa
Hiroki Yagami
Ken Akamatsu
Tohru Fujisawa
Kazuki Yamamoto
Kanji Sorasaki
Naoki Serizawa
Tetsuya Koshiba
Uchū Nishikawa
Waki Yamato
Jun Fukami
Mariko Nakamura
Nami Akimoto

Yasuyuki Kunitomo
Ryohei Saigan
Jun Hayase
Satosumi Takaguchi
Kaworu Watashiya
Masako Watanabe

Keisuke Itagaki
Kenji Hamaoka
Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
Takayuki Yamaguchi
Yoshiaki Tabata
Yousuke Takahashi
Akihito Yoshitomi
Yūki Yogo
Yasuhiro Imagawa
Yasunari Toda
Kenetsu Satou
Hiroyuki Yoshino
Masahiro Itosugi

Kenji Yamamoto
Koban Sameda
Makoto Uezu
Shigeru Morita
Hiraku Kaneko
Munenori Nawa

Manga, anime, and game industry is facing a big jeopardy that calls for some defensive counter-attacks. This petition is indeed a reasonable way to stand up against the proposed measure. If the new legislation passed, it would seriously harm a big part of Japanese pop-culture, and young characters in anime and manga would be no more. I really don’t want to see that happen.

I find it very preposterous to spend time and money on such senseless regulations that won’t help anyone. On the contrary, masses of people would be very displeased by it and it will most likely have a negative effect on Japanese economy as well. Anime, manga, and games related goods bring a lot of money to Japan and if pop-culture companies had to stop doing what they’ve been doing up to now, the consequences might be unexpectedly large and inflict damage to Japanese economy, which hardly is in a position where it could afford saying goodbye to any profit possibilities.

I hope common sense prevails in the end; we must believe this senseless idea will be crushed and washed away and will fall into oblivion for good.