Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography said on Monday that Japan should ban manga with “extreme child pornographic content”.
During a news conference at Japan’s National Press Club she told reporters that it is important to find the “the right balance” between artistic freedom and the protection of children. De Boer-Buquicchio said, “I accept that the freedom of expression argument should outweigh, should prevail when it comes to adult pornography”.
After completing an eight-day study of the sexual abuse situation in Japan, De Boer-Buquicchio told reporters that “worrying is that there is a trend which seems to be socially accepted and tolerated”. She said that the hesitation to take action by Japanese law enforcement officers to be “exceptional” and documented that sex offenders in Japan enjoy a “relatively high” impunity compared with other developed nations.
De Boer-Buquicchio suggested the ban on manga with extreme content as a step to combat the sexual exploitation of children along with implementing penalties for those viewing child pornography.
In June, Japan finally passed legislation outlawing the possession of child pornography but the bill did not cover the multi-billion dollar manga and anime industry.
Child Rights organizations across the country have been actively calling for the country to include this type of animation that depicts children in this highly sexual manner to be added to the current legislation and defined as child pornography.