Pundit's Big Prediction: No More Japanese Porn Censorship By 2050

If you've spent any time on the internet, you've probably seen porn at some point. If you've spent any time watching pornography, you've probably seen Japanese pornography. One thing that's quickly noticeable is how Japanese adult videos are censored. Mosaics cover genitalia. In the future, says one pundit, that will change.

The future being, oh, around the year 2050.

This is according to Setsu Kobayashi, a law professor at the prestigious Keio University. Since 1972, moviemakers have censored genitalia with mosaics to adhere to the country's obscenity laws, which earns the films the NEVA (Nihon Ethics of Video Association) seal.

Like the ethnics organisations for, say, adult video games, NEVA is a voluntary group.

As Kobayashi explains to News Post Seven, by 2050 the mosaics will quite possibly not be necessary in adult videos. The rationale is that in America it was proven there is no link between pornography and crime -- hence, uncensored pornography in the West. So they're not really necessary per se, and over time, the mosaic will gradually vanish -- and is in the process of doing so right now. In the past few years, the mosaic has already gotten smaller and more transparent. Thus, the mosaic is likely to continue to do so.

(It's worth noting that actress Kanako Higuchi, the wife of Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi, broke ground in Japanese censorship regulations by appearing fully nude in a 1991 photobook.)

Even if it's no longer necessary (by 2050!), don't expect it to vanish completely. Kobayashi thinks that it might stay in some form to appease those individuals who prefer watching adult movies with the mosaic, adding that it's a "unique trait" to Japanese adult films.

2050? Screw mosaic-free Japanese porn, we better have flying cars by 2050!

米国AVモザイクなし解禁 日本でも2050年完全自由化の流れか [NEWS ポストセブン]


Comments

    and this relates to gaming how?

      Kotaku has always had an interest in Japanese culture. Brian Ashcraft, the author of this piece, lives in Japan, as do some other staff (Jason Schreier I think, and Richard Eisenberg?).

      Also, censorship of media will always relate to gaming, even if it's not explicitly gaming which is censored.

        There's a difference between having an interest in Japanese culture and having an interest in Japanese porn. A line which seems to be getting fuzzier and fuzzier on Kotaku.

          I take your point, but would also submit that separating media because of its content from the rest of 'culture' isn't sensible. But your point, that there seems to be a significant focus on this small aspect of Japanese culture, is a good one.

    Ethnics organisations?????!!
    Yes. How the f. Is this related to gaming? Or anything other than bashcrafts obsession with porn?

    I hope they start shaving before 2050

      Nah, Japanese girls are the only girls that shouldn't shave.

    Some poor chick gets every orifice stuffed with tentacles against her will. Then a dong appears, and THAT get's censored.

    Only in Japan.

      Actually, that's why all that stuff came about, as a way to escape the censors.

    I was kinda hoping I could make a post like in before everyone whining about Bashcraft... Alas I was too late...

    It's ok guys, there was a bit about the Earthbound guy's wife! It's relevant!

    You are right, but thats not really the point of Thorns post.
    Its highly hypocritical for japanese manga/anime to include themes like rape, loli/shota, guro etc but then only censor genitalia when that is sometimes the least offensive thing in the scene.
    It doesnt make any sense.

    Last edited 30/10/12 11:44 am

    I can sorta see how this is related to gaming news:

    1. Geek plays Dead or Alive, exposed to jiggle-physics, gets horny.
    2. Geek goes to PornHub, types in "jap cosplay".
    3. Geek grabs joystick, watches Chun Li undress.
    4. Geek is met by pixelation, screams, "NOOOooooo".
    5. Joystick goes limp.
    6. Geek goes back to playing DoA5.

    I dunno *shrugs*.

    Love my daily ashcraft article.

    Not that it'll matter, Japan will be a wasteland by 2050. Their population is already in decline and something like half the population will be retired by then...

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