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Japanese manga publishers threaten to boycott festival

The 10 largest publishers of comic books in Japan have vowed to boycott next year's Tokyo International Anime Fair in protest at the city government passing a law that bans the sale of sexually explicit manga to minors.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government passed the ordinance on Wednesday afternoon, triggering fury among manga artists and the publishing industry here.
Led by Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., the Japanese manga firms say that sufficient rules are already in place and that the city and its autocratic governor, Shintaro Ishihara, are infringing on their right to artistic freedom.
The 10 largest publishers of comic books in Japan have vowed to boycott next year's Tokyo International Anime Fair in protest at the city government passing a law that bans the sale of sexually explicit manga to minors.
(The new law restricts comics and animated images that contain sexual images that
are 'unjustifiably glorified or exaggerated')

They are also angry at the way in which Gov. Ishihara pushed the legislation through at short notice and without consulting with the industry about new ways to stop explicit manga falling into the hands of children.

"Ishihara has very cleverly pushed this through at the last minute, without any input from the publishing industry and by using lots of rhetoric about the 'porn protectors' in the opposition in the chamber," Roland Kelts, author of "Japanamerica: How Japanese pop culture has invaded the U.S.," told The Daily Telegraph.
The Tokyo International Anime Fair is one of Gov. Ishihara's pet projects and is scheduled to take place over four days in late March, so the threat by the biggest names in the publishing industry to pull out means it will be "a pretty bleak event," Mr Kelts said.

By AS on Jan 4, 2011
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