United Nations Calls For Explicit Japanese Game Ban

In the wake of the Rapelay controversy, the United Nations's Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women is urging for the ban of explicit games and anime.

The committee is suggesting Japan 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."

Legislation in Japan has been proposed to ban the possession of child pornography; however, the government has decided to study the issue for three years before acting. This legislation does not include virtual child pornography, and the committee noted that current Japanese law does not cover virtual child pornography.

The committee also showed 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 woman and girls."

United Nations Group Urges Japan to Ban Explicit Games, Manga [Anime News Network]


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    The UN... and in particular Agnes Chan need to lay the @#$% off Japan. Fix your own problems before pretending other countries have them.
    Not saying Japan doesnt have massive problems; but this absurd cage rattling all started because a few naive groups of people discovered a culture they don't like.

      UN is a Toothless Tiger. All they can do is talk talk talk. Only thing that is biding is a Security Counsel Resolution.

      And I dont think this is important enough for that.

      The UN needs to just be quiet and go die quietly in a corner, its been dying a slow death for years anyway.

      What a ridiculous comment. "Fix your own problems"? Japan is one of the most powerful countries in the world. If they went and 'picked on' some little backwater country, that place would just go "you're letting Japan get away with promoting rape in pornography, hypocrites!", just like what is happening with things like carbon emissions, where third world countries refuse to comply since places like the US won't do it.

      tldr; stop being a weeaboo and pretending Japan is a maid cafe filled paradise.

    Haha. UN. Hahaha.

    Hahahahahahahaha.

    /Facepalm....
    The UN seriously need to find a proper situation to step into. And they need to lay the fuck off Japan. They been creating those type of games for years, so why start picking a bone with them about it now >.>

    But of Course the UN is going to want a ban on this stuff, I mean if someone brought it up during assembly, you not going to last very long if you went against it.

    Whilst that happens real problems like Europes rampant prostitution trade continues to grow and the UN does nothing.

    It is unbelievably depressing that the normalisation of rape in video games, porn, anime etc is treated with such ambivalence and is not considered 'an issue', let alone a pressing one - by (I assume in this context) male gamers (who are also predominantly american). Just because this has been going on awhile or viewed as simply 'the way things are' doesn't mean it's a fatalistic, inevitable product of society that can't be changed.

    And the fact that you laugh or eyeroll over the UN getting involved with stuff like this demonstrates how little you know about UN activities on such issues. The strength of the UN in military and security matters is irrelevant to this case, and a 'hole 'nother kettle of entirely (Self-interstested Governments, blah blah).

    Who do you think investigates things like indigenous rights and discrimination? Patterns of sexualised violence as forms of warefare and genocide? Who do you think turned the Comfort women issue from a regional issue to a global petitioning of the Japanese Government?

    And the diversionary - 'well rather than worrying about this thing (that I don't think is particularly important), why aren't they looking into that' tactic isn't particularly helpful either... Because the normalisation of rape IS a big issue, because rape itself is a very serious issue and the normalisation of rape is a significant factor that contributes to it's prevalence (if you cared to look into it, you'd know that, but why bother if it doesn't necessarily impact on you directly).

    And by the by, TRANSNATIONAL CRIME including drug and arms smuggling, people trafficking (and prostitution rings connected with it) are high up on the UN security agenda - which requires multilateral engagement to combat. Prostitution itself though - again - is a whole different matter, especially if you want to talk about the prevalence of prostitution around UN peacekeeping activities and american military bases.

    But ultimately, all these things distract from the fact that: tldr. Normalisation of rape is seriously not cool, and Japan should really move on the Child pornography issue.

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