Japanese blog Umeboshi Chaduke points out a recent proposal submitted by a certain child protection society, which aims to prevent "evil practices against children." The file submitted proposed plans to deal with products that contain depiction of sexual activities involving children (Lolicon) in Japan.
Yutaka Takehana, the Metropolitan Police Life Safety Director, has given his full support for the implementation of this policy. However, it remains to be seen whether the proposed policies will actually be implemented as part of the child pornography law in Japan.
Below is a brief description of the report (PDF):
1. Current Condition:
- To manage and reinforce existing child protection laws as much as possible.
2. To promote efforts of independent publishers and content providers:
- Publishers, stores, bulletin board managers, content providers, etc.:
- To avoid promoting games, animations, and other materials that contain sexual exploitation of children under the age of 13.
- A label must be present on materials that contain depiction of sexual activities involving children under 13.
- In the case where such products are sold, it must be sold separately and must not be accessible to children.
3. Circulation and distribution of products that contain depiction of sexual activities involving children:
- Internet sales and promotion of products that contain depiction of sexual activities involving children under 13 are prohibited.
4. Ban on products that contain depiction of sexual activities involving children:
- Sales of games, animations, and comics that products that contain depiction of sexual activities involving children under 13 are prohibited.
5. Ban on possession of child pornography:
- Ban on the possession of child pornography that is not currently regulated by child pornography laws.
To create a new system of laws that deals with products containing depiction of sexual activities involving children.
The child protection society that submitted the proposal consists of the following members (PDF):
- Representatives from the Japan PTA
- Representatives from the Japan Junior Chamber International
- Journalist Egawa Shouko
- A doctor from Kyoto's Child Psychiatry Medical School
- An assistant professor from Tokyo University's Social Sciences Research department
- A professor from Tokyo's Ochanomizu Women's College
- Professor from Gunma University's Social and Information Studies Department
- Professor from Osaka University Graduate School Human Sciences
- Assistant professor from Chiba University Educational Department
- Dean of Tokyo Metropolitan University's School of Urban Liberal Arts
- A lawyer named Aibara Yoshiko
- Members of the Yokohama Board of Education
- Youth Director of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science & Technology
- And last but not least, Takehana Yutaka - the Metropolitan Police Life Safety Director
- A manager from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science & Technology
- A member of the Federal Cabinet in Charge of Social Policy Affairs
If implemented, the new law will have a major impact on the Japanese otaku scene.
Special thanks to Ed for the memberlist
Follow-up (12-27-2006): National Police Agency Demands Restriction on Delivery of Lolicon Manga over Internet