Tokyo’s Loli Ban Bill Rejected

The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly have rejected the bill to ban sexual depictions of fictional youth on Wednesday. The bill would have altered Tokyo’s current Youth Healthy Development Ordinance, which prohibits the sale of so called “harmful publications” that depict minors in any daring, erotic way.

If the proposed bill had passed, the category of “harmful publications” would include sexual depiction of non-existent youths. That would mean young characters in anime, manga, games and similar production. Illicit acts, including rape and incest, would be labeled as “harmful publications” and be banned as well.

The Democratic Party of Japan (the largest party in the assembly with 53 out of 127 seats), the Japanese Communist Party (8 seats), and the Tokyo Seikatsusha Network (3 seats) opposed the bill. Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara , his Liberal Democratic Party (38 seats), and the New Komeito Party (23 seats) supported it. The last time that a bill presented by any Tokyo governor was rejected in the assembly was in 1988.

The General Affairs Committee of the assembly had already voted against the bill on Monday. Ishihara and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Office for Youth Affairs and Public Safety had originally pushed for the bill’s passage in March, but it met with resistance from manga authors who claimed it infringed the freedom of expression. 1,421 manga creators, 10 publishing companies, the Japan Pen Club, the Japan Cartoonists Association, and the Writers Guild of Japan expressed their disapproval with the bill.

Tokyo Governor Ishihara said after the meeting that he still intents to come up with a new revision of the proposed bill and present it at an assembly session in September.

Source: ANN