On Modern Shoujo Manga and Sex: Excessive Sexual Material in Shoujo Manga and Magazine
According to the article, many readers said the publishers need to be regulated; however, there were some who expressed that adult should also be more concerned about this problem.
A mother of three from Toyama city, who believes that a moral committee for children's magazine is needed, said:
A mother of two daughters, one in elementary school and the other middle school, from Yokohama remarked:
Her request to the publishers: "to pay more attention to children's magazines and to hold more discussions."
A woman in her 20s who has a 10 year old niece, said:
"Exactly, today's manga contains more excessive description of sex than when I was 10. There should be restrictions placed on manga for kids."
When the mother asked the bookseller regarding the situation it, the bookseller replied:
Later, the said shoujo manga was moved to the "adults only" corner and was bonded with string.
A 40 year old elementary school teacher in Kanagawa worries more about doujinshi than shoujo manga. Doujinshi are fan-made manga based on popular manga titles, and usually contains adult material:
"Doujinshi is being sold at ordinary bookstores and second-hand stores. There should be restrictions."
A high school student sent a mail saying he needs to be very cautious of the girls of his generation:
On Sexually Explicit Material in Shoujo Manga
We received an email from a mother (45) from Toyama prefecture on the issue of explicit sexual content in shoujo manga. She was shocked by the manga, which she found in the closet of her elementary school daughter (11). The manga contained scenes of sexual intercourse on Ferris wheels and classrooms, rape and profane words aimed at women are also present. The mother said, "The creators, publishers, and the people who ignore this are all responsible for this."
"Love affair is a big theme in today's shoujo manga. It's impossible to completely take out descriptions of sexual activity - that's just the result of love and affection."
Then he explained:
"The title you mentioned was an issue from two years ago. We have already discussed it with the artists, and will try to remove the inappropriate content as specified by the "Harmful Book Act."
The editor also admitted to the fact that shoujo manga nowadays have more sexual content than ten years ago:
"Kids nowadays have more opportunities to access information on sex. Their parents are more tolerant about sexual matters than ten years ago. Our society is losing its antipathy towards sexual material."
The Japanese Magazine Publishers Association (JMPA) deals with problems like this through their Editorial Moral Committee. The Committee argues that the problem is about sexual content in porno magazines.
Yama Ryokichi, the president of the committee, said, "Contents such as kissing and sexual intercourse are acceptable, but things like rape and explanation of sexual techniques are not." Then he said, "Even the kids can understand that things like rape or molestation exist in the real world. They have the ability to tell the difference between the real world and the created world. We think there is no reason for children to copy the scenes from manga and commit sexual crimes. If their parents can't accept manga, they just need to talk about it with their children."
JMPA was only able to request publishers that are under contract with JMPA to remove excess sexual contents in manga. Right now there is no organization that controls other publishers that are publishing magazines for kids.
Scans from a shoujo magazine aimed at elementary to junior high school girls (NSFW). The text in the image: "Hot Summer, hot sex, the sex guide to hitting hot boys."
On the "Harmful Book Act"
In March 2006 Osaka prefecture put into effect the "Harmful Book Act" for shoujo manga, which states that if a manga or magazine is specified as a "harmful book," it must be banned from kids under 18.
The magazine that was also mentioned in the news is Shogakukan's Shoujo Comic. The former executive editor of Sho-Comi was disciplinarily dismissed in the summer of 2006 for embezzlement, but he was accused of being a "Class A Criminal" for issues regarding pornographic shoujo manga. The publisher defended itself by mentioning the "Freedom of Press" and the "Freedom of Expression," but the incident proved that people publishing comic magazines occasionally lack adequate moral principles.
Translated by T. Ohara