While Japan’s mainstream manga industry continues to enthrall adult and children alike with innocent tales of spy adventures, sportsmen and even ambitious salarymen, authors and publishers are concerned at Tokyo authorities’ latest attempt to curb explicit content in adult manga –- heavily restricting the sale of comics that show what are described in the plan as “nonexistent juveniles” in sexual acts.
Though deadly serious, the plans took on a farcical edge last month. The move to tighten rules on books with depictions of sexual acts was, at least temporarily, rejected in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly in June. But not because legislators opposed it on the grounds of restriction of artistic freedom, the argument deployed by those involved in the publications. In fact, the main political parties are generally advocates of increasing restrictions.