UN Group Urges Japan to Ban Explicit Games and Manga

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UN Group Urges Japan to Ban Explicit Games and Manga

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In the wake of the RapeLay controversy, a United Nations group that aims to eliminate discrimination against women has urged Japanese lawmakers to put an end to games and cartoon that "promote sexual violence."

The United Nations' Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has issued a 13-page compilation of observations about "Japan's sixth periodic report on sexual discrimination" earlier this month. While the committee applauded increased prison sentences under Japan's revised laws against child prostitution and pornography, it expressed concern that Japanese fiction - specifically interactive fiction - was continuing down a disturbing road.

Specifically, the report mentions concern at the "normalization of sexual violence in the State party as reflected by the prevalence of pornographic video games and cartoons featuring rape, gang rape, stalking and the sexual molestation of women and girls." It's not hard to see in this echoes of the RapeLay controversy from earlier this year. The committee further observed that Japan's current child pornography laws don't apply to fictional depictions of children in erotic games, manga, and anime - no matter how explicit.

The committee concluded with a request to Japanese lawmakers "to ban the sale of video games or cartoons involving rape and sexual violence against women which normalize and promote sexual violence against women and girls." While the resolution might rebuke rape games, notably it contains no such condemnation for Platinum games.

And here I was thinking that today was going to be a slow news day. Oh, RapeLay. You're like the gift that keeps on giving to game journalists.

(Asahi Shimbun and Yomiuri Shimbun, via Anime News Network)

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Japan: Sure, once you stop all the video games depiciting the racist killing of germans and japanese!

Geh you all know my thoughts on censorship, I don't like Rapelay or what it stands for but I prefer they get that shit out of there system in a game than on the streets. Personally the U.N. should be looking into the molestation problems or the workplace problems.

And yeah I was thinking slow news day huh...

yay, more attempts at making everyone exactly the same:
brainless sheep for the [politians/leaders/whatever] to command.
surely the games give them a way of venting their 'desires' onto imaginary settings instead of going out and attempting it?

I agree with the ban of anything that promotes sexual violence.
But it is a strange component of Japanese culture, and if History teaches us anything, it is that trying to change a countries culture is never a good thing. Its an odd duality that is oppresive as it is trying to be liberating.

I think its good that their doing it. I don't give a damn if it just a game. Its going way to far with people can do or can't do. I love how everyone try to say the game where you "murder" people are just as bad. Maybe, but you also are the hero and getting shot at. So your defending your self. In this types of games, your the bad guy ,and not the cool type either. It just taking a sick fantasy and trying to say its right. So I'm just glad their stopping it. And people , please calm down, their not going to bad shooters or w/e your worried about if they ban this game.

"First they came for RapeLay, I did nothing, for I did not play RapeLay."

"Hey, country that isn't under our rules and regulations! Do what we tell you!"

Let them have them, it's not like it's affecting them or us.

This is the same group that wants to teach 5 year olds about sex and rape. Yeah, I thought we DIDN'T want kids to be messed up.

Video games only screw up people that were already screwed up, period.

Greyfox105:

surely the games give them a way of venting their 'desires' onto imaginary settings instead of going out and attempting it?

you would think so, but unfortunetly, alot of pwople now a days are slack jawed nit wits who cant recognise the line between the real and the virtual, and in game habbits or something dipicted in their favorite book become actions in real life. The rest of us may be able to draw the line, but the few that cant ruin it for the rest. everyone suffers

I'd say something about free speech and things like that but Japan is really hard to defend sometimes. Someone in Japan should make a game where a hikigamory(no idea how to spell it] leaves his room, bathes, puts on clean clothes and leaves his parents house and actually faces the world and becomes a healthy and happy human being instead of staying all day and night in his room watching porn and playing rape games.

Well, I think the UN has it's heart in the right place. Then again, Japan just wouldn't be the same without it's perverted games...

why the manga/anime ?
games i can sort of get (not agree with. just get)
why the none interactive mediums ?

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Maybe when the west stops making games that glamourize murder? Just saying, this whole thing is kinda stupid. Let them play their rape games, as long as they ain't actually going out and raping anyone. Fantasy is all it is.

Japan just needs to pull the racism card on them.
Censorship is bs to begin with but this is double barreled bs. The japanese rape fantasy thing (which I can't say I really appreciate) is just that, a fantasy and usually these fantasies are about girls who say no but mean yes. Considering it's coming from a country that doesn't have high rates of rape or other violent crime to begin with, they should be left alone.

They should be more concerned with the REAL crimes committed against women: like slavery and forced prostitution of real people. What, do they think that banning the game is going to stop perverts? On the contrary, it's going to encourage them to leave the house.

Outcast107:
I think its good that their doing it. I don't give a damn if it just a game. Its going way to far with people can do or can't do. I love how everyone try to say the game where you "murder" people are just as bad. Maybe, but you also are the hero and getting shot at. So your defending your self. In this types of games, your the bad guy ,and not the cool type either. It just taking a sick fantasy and trying to say its right. So I'm just glad their stopping it. And people , please calm down, their not going to bad shooters or w/e your worried about if they ban this game.

The problem is that if lawmakers get the hang of banning stuff, they will continue doing so. The similarity between an eroge game and a political opponent? From the perspective of a person in power, they are both "disagreeable". And if one can be banned, why can't the other?

This is a great idea.
After all, once they banned drugs, everyone stopped using, right?
After murder was made illegal, everyone stopped killing, right?
After...
After...
After...
No.

It just doesn't work.
Why can't they see that?

Meh, if anything these games act as a deterrent.

I mean, don't get me wrong, these games aren't good at all, but I still see them as alternatives to people wanting to do such deeds, almost a healthy release if you will.

bodyklok:
"First they came for RapeLay, I did nothing, for I did not play RapeLay."

Please, don't pull the bullshit on me. Rape and defending yourself from monster/aliens/bad guys are different. I just can't stand behind something that promote rape. Most of my cousins are girls, and I would KILL! anyone who touch them like that. So anyone who says "this is just a game" piss off. your just defending a game that promote rape, and says its ok to go do it. At least in most shooters you can't redo it. The only game you can redo is GTA and most people don't get off to it unless their already crazy in the head.

At one side, I think the UN is doing the right thing.

But on the other, Its Japan. Its hard to imagine them without it.

Okay, then...eh. If I ever got my hands on a copy of that game, I'd burn it, and I'm no fan of exploitation hentai, but I don't think banning it would matter in the slightest.

Besides, I get the weird feeling they'd start going after the stuff I consume if they did that. First time I've ever had to call the Slippery Slope fallacy on myself...

never knew Jack Thompson was working for the UN

Confessed hentai addict right here and while I don't think it calls for a total ban on the sale of their hentai industry I do believe they need to get rid of the stuff like the rape and child porn. That stuff just makes me sick.

Actually when anyone calls for a crackdown on porn they don't think the implications through. If men could no longer whack the weasel, choke the chicken, or make knuckle children they would have a great excess of pent up aggression. This pent up aggression would eventually lead to all men going insane and just being more violent all around.

Men keep their sanity by releasing that pent up sexual aggression themselves when no consenting woman is around to give them a hand. Any male politician that wants to ban porn is either lying through his teeth that he doesn't watch it or is just pissed off that he's to old to get any *insert random sexual pun here*.

Here's an interesting and true statistic pulled from the "Book of useless information" published by the Useless information society (seriously this does exist and its sitting on my desk) 95% of men admit they masturbate or watch porn, the other 5% are lying.

I understand the intent...but...doesn't the real problem lay with the people who play those games?

It's like trying to treat the symptoms of an illness, but doing nothing about the illness itself.

Yeah, as much as I love to rail against censorship, it's a lot harder to make those arguments when the items in question are "rape simulators". There is really no reason for those to exist.

But then this is hardly the most disturbing thing Japan has created - thanks a lot internet! My precious brain will never be the same again.

Kollega:

He is saying that people have no regard for the law. They will do what they do.

The UN is worthless right now. That is all I have to say.

CantFaketheFunk:

The committee concluded with a request to Japanese lawmakers "to ban the sale of video games or cartoons involving rape and sexual violence against women which normalize and promote sexual violence against women and girls."

Wait, so I can still make cartoons where I rape men and boys? SCHWEET!
This just shows the fail of this movement.

Games like this make free expression hard to defend. I believe its wrong and wouldn't be caught dead near the game, but at the same time I'm not Japanese. Imposing onto other cultures rarely goes well. Some other things to keep in mind, that Japan despite having this type of material circulating in Japan, it has very low rates of crime including violent crime and rape. Simply put its main complaint is really insubstantial. It just seems they are searching for something to blame instead of just holding people accountable for their actions.

All in all its just easier to say "I don't know and have no opinion" on the matter. Whatever happens happens, and there really isn't a wrong answer in a debate that you don't really have any say in.

People may have no regard for the law, but I rather have some laws, making sure people who do the wrong things get punish then let them go free and do w/e they want. Their needs to be a limit to what people can or can't do in games/movies/and in life. If we don't ,then everyone would do whatever. Children and woman would get rape daily, even more so now. People would get murder for stupid reason because no one can stop the people from shooting each other. And I'm done talking about this. This is the third topic about it and its getting old. Stop showing this over and over and over cause people will either defend the game, have no opinion, or agree to ban.

bodyklok:
"First they came for RapeLay, I did nothing, for I did not play RapeLay."

I don't agree with the apparent sentiments behind this, but it is a very witty post...

Riiiight.
Because outside forces trying to influence things another group of people have been doing for a good bit of time has gone soooo well in the past.
I wonder what they'll do this time.
Only pure blooded Japanese people who live on the central island will be able to buy those kinds of games/books?
Yes, it is quite creepy* that they have games and comics centered around rape/stalking/other questionable activities.
*to me, anyway...
But I'm pretty sure Japan will just keep doing what they want to in this area.
It's not like they're in jeopardy of losing trade because of this.

annoyingfoothold:

bodyklok:
"First they came for RapeLay, I did nothing, for I did not play RapeLay."

I don't agree with the apparent sentiments behind this, but it is a very witty post...

Thanks, to be honest by all accounts RapeLay is a pretty shit game anyway, and I couldn't care if they banned it or not. The only thing that worries me here is that people will begin to ban everything left right and centre,

"UN moves to ban all pornography that differs from the missionary position to appease offended Christian groups."

Of course that's an exaggeration, but it's still a very real possibility.

This type of call should be coming from the people of Japan , not some committee of bored ladies that feel the need to joust with windmills after a rousing tea and crumpet party.

Acts of violence, sexual or not, against children real or fabricated should be condemned unilaterally and should really be a no brainer to a civilised society.

My only beef with this type of banning isnt that they want to ban rape/violence vs girls and women, thats agreeable... its the fact that after that its usually the norm to go after something else, like violence in video games, salt in your food, cigerettes, booze ....there is ALWAYS something new to 'champion the cause for', where does it end... social programming ?

Oh tap-dancing Buddha on a communion cracker! Can't the UN prioritize anything?

You have the entire middle east which treats women like property, Chinese parents still illegally kill female children at or before birth, and the most of Africa believes that the cure for aids is to rape a virgin, and they're wasting their time on fucking VIDEO GAMES?

These sick bastards, I bet they think everything should be consensual sex between a married man and woman, in the missionary position, with the lights off!

I'm going to go over to /d/ and look at images of bound women being raped by tentacles, just because I can.

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