On the 6th, the Japanese arm of UNICEF, the United Nation’s Children’s Fund, held a meeting in Tokyo and called for an increase in regulation of sexually explicit material – including “virtual” child pornography. This would involve more regulation on certain anime, mangas and videogames that depict children, or adults appearing to be children. The delegates gathered to prepare for next month’s World Congress III Against the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, and the Japanese arm is the leader in terms of campaigning against the virtual images, and has proposed a bill that’s currently in the Japanese parliament.
Japan has strict laws on what classifies as pornography and what doesn’t, and all forms of pornography have to be censored in some way. There are currently laws in Japan that illegalise the production and public display of child pornography, but does not address the ownership of said publications.
This could mean that many formerly legal animes and mangas will be outlawed if a decision is reached.