Tokyo to Outlaw Fictional Characters Breaking a Law?

It has been a while since I’ve written about so-called Tokyo Wholesome Youth Fostering Ordinance (青少年健全育成条例) earlier in the year. So what’s happened with it?

Adaptation of this ordinance has been indefinitely deferred, but not surprisingly, they are still pursuing this, even with stricter control.

They are seeking new ordinance to cover, any act of sexual behavior in fiction, regardless of their age, that would break a law. (Again, please note, that this ordinance is specifically talking about such activities expressed in fiction and not real life.) It even doesn’t have to be explicit — if Tokyo somehow define some work indecent, even ambiguous, they could classify them as “inappropriate.”

As with past authors from various media are already standing up to oppose this. This could be death of anime and manga, people. Especially if you are into moe stuff!

TWYFO and Anti-Otaku Politics

The word Otaku is Japanese word is equivalent to nerd in Japanese.

Although, the word Otaku often carries not negative, and even positive elements in many countries, this word tend to be negative when it is used in Japan. The attempt to laws like Tokyo’s recent audience can be also observed as anti-otaku movement.

It is highly speculated these movements are nothing more than discrimination against Otakus as well as people who are into Akihabara cultures. In fact Governor Ishihara of Tokyo prefecture did openly stated that “it is responsibility of government to regulate Kimo-Ota (Disgusting-Otaku) who are pervert likes non-wholesome works.”

The reason currently proposed regulation like TWYFO is highly controversial as this can be arbitrarily enforced to suppress what they define Kimo-Ota.

While decision of adopting this ordinance has been deferred for mean time, Japan Pen Club, the group of about 100 book publishers joined in a force of opposing this ordinance.

Can we really do nothing to protest against TWYFO?

Currently, Minsyuto (Japanese Democratic Party) is a ruling party in Japan. Perhaps we should be expressing our appreciation to diversity of Japanese works.

On Japanese Democratic Party website, there is a comment form, which you can fill out to express your opinion. While I’m not sure how English page will be received by them, some comments would at least let them know there are people outside of Japan who care about cultures in Japan. Do try your best Japanese, but unless you are nearly perfect in Japanese, I’d also recommend writing in English as well.