Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, the UN’s special rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, has been in Japan for a week-long visit. At the end of it she praised Japan for tightening up the law and banning possession of child pornography in June last year. But she said Japan must do more and ban all "sexually abusive images" of children in manga. “When it comes to particular, extreme child pornographic content, manga should be banned,” she said. Japan's new laws have some loopholes, such as images and videos where underage models are wearing ...

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Amazon got busted! Not even the biggest online retailer in the world is safe from the cops. The Japanese police have raided the Amazon Japan office on suspicion of assisting the sale of child pornography. On Friday, cops raided the Tokyo headquarters of Amazon Japan, plus the distribution center in Chiba Prefecture (ironically, you can spot it on the way to Disneyland). The charges are that Amazon let products be sold on its website which broke laws against child pornography. The photo books featured nude girls under 18 and police suspect Amazon knew what the products were -- and ...

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The BBC has weighed in on the whole "Is-manga-child-porn?" argument with an online article and radio show with the balanced headline: "Why hasn't Japan banned child-porn comics?"? James Fletcher reports from Tokyo on this now slightly tired issue. Posters of elfin-faced, doe-eyed cartoon heroines, many of them scantily clad and impossibly proportioned, turn the cavernous space into a riot of colour. We stop at one table where the covers on display feature two topless girls. To my eyes they look to be in their early or pre-teens, and the stories show them engaged in explicit ...

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Just when you think Yasushi Akimoto and his minions cannot go any further... they do. AKB48's latest sell-out, a TV commercial for Puccho, sees them dancing to the sounds of their own "music" as they eat the product being advertised. But, this being AKB, nothing is simple and everything is queasy. The heads of the young girls are pasted in the Most Obvious Photoshopping of the Year Award-winning style onto the bodies of dancing children. Yes, children. This time there is no mistake. We simply cannot fathom what ad agency chicanery came up with the concept that the ...

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It seems that it's not just us guys who find Japanese schoolgirls too hot to handle. Police have arrested a 25-year-old female teacher at a school in Kunitachi, a suburb in west Tokyo. She was found to have nude videos of 11-year-old girls in her class and has been charged with possession of illegal pornography. Not sure what sentence she might get but we reckon it's safe to say her teaching career is over. It was in June this year that the young woman, Kaori Yamakawa, apparently made the videos as her own personal, bizarre skin flick. It features female sixth-grade students using a ...

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As you know, we are about as liberal as you can get on Tokyo Kinky. And we also think that even just a cursory glance at history and past civilisations shows that concepts of sexuality are not universal but are contextual. We don't think you can define what is right or wrong -- or normal or abnormal -- by simple black-and-white lines. And so we've had a fairly relaxed and non-pensive view on the lolicon ("Lolita Complex") evident in Japanese society, from its more innocent forms -- teenagers like Ai Hashimoto or Aira Mihana posing for bikini shots -- to the deliberate "coy virgin ...

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One of Japan's most popular "entertainers" these days is Mana Ashida, a child actress aged just seven years old. In her latest TV advertising campaign, some innovative ad guys came up with the idea of having Mana dance in a sexy move reminiscent of Korean girl band KARA. So we get to see Mana-chan gyrate her "thighs" while wearing a short skirt. K-pop group KARA alone have caused a sensation here and in their native Korea for their too-sexy dance moves. So apparently getting a young infant to imitate their groove was a good idea... We guess the gimmick is the fun of marrying ...

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