According to Sankei News, mangaka's Tetsuya Chiba (Ashita no Joe
) and Machiko Satonaka (Ashita Kagayaku) held a press conference to declare opposition to a local ordinance regulating "fictitious juveniles". Besides the previous named mangaka's, a big number of famous mangaka's made objection to the regulation, claiming that it will severely violate the freedom of expression.
The regulation was proposed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and it intends to restrict the minor characters appearing in manga, animes, movies and games. Even if the characters are described as adults in the stories, Tokyo will judge whether the characters are considered minors, based on the appearance, voices and their backgrounds.
The characters that are to be defined as "fictitious juveniles" will be the reason why Tokyo will restrict sales of different media, if it contains sexual expressions of those "fictitious juveniles".
Mangaka and their supporters are apprehensive that the interpretation of "sexual expressions" can be expanded limitlessly.
The ordinance will be put up to the vote on March 19th, an update will follow then.
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