Japan (Finally) Bans Child Porn Possession

Japan Bans Child Porn

Japan has banned possession of child pornography… wait, child porn was legal in Japan?!?

Becoming one of the last developed countries to do so, Japan finally took the plunge and banned the possession of child sex-abuse images.

The upper house of parliament overwhelmingly voted in favour of revising the current laws (under which only the production and distribution of child pornography were banned) to include possession. The new law states that anyone found with child porn images can be jailed for up to a year or fined up to $10,000.

But because it’s Japan and they love their weird sexualized cartoons, the law excludes the depiction of sexual acts with children in “manga” comic books, anime, and video games. Despite the calls for the uber-sexualized manga imagery to be included in the new law, there was strong resistance from manga artists and publishers, who believed such a ban would violate their right to free speech.

So drawings of wide-eyed children engaged in extremely explicit sexual activities are fine, possession of actual wide-eyed slit-eyed children engaged in extremely explicit sexual activities only became illegal this week, but normal porn between two consenting adults is still required to be pixelated in Japan. Makes sense…. in Japan?

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