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2020 OLYMPICS THREATEN MANGA AND ANIME

2020 Olympics mascot 1Japan will host the 2020 summer Olympics, and “this world stage puts Japan in a spotlight that may ultimately harm the free expression of manga and anime in the country,” writes Betsy Gomez at CBLDF.org. Olympic host nations, eager to put their best feet forward, often resort “to whitewashing anything that might blemish their image, thus impinging on free expression.”

“Most recently,” Gomez continues, “this has been observed in the furor that erupted over Russia’s anti-LGBTQ legislation and the upcoming winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

“Dan Kanemitsu, translator and Japan culture expert, recently examined the potential impact of the summer Olympics — and the resulting domestic and international scrutiny — on creative expression in Japan. Kanemitsu noted that the winning bid to host the Olympics may boost the profile of the current ruling party, the Liberal Democratic Party, 2020 Olympic Mascot 2which is currently attempting to revise legislation to include manga and anime as forms of child pornography:

“‘Now it will be harder than before to protest against specific policies of the LDP as their standing has improved considerably. Recall that the current initiative for redefining child pornography to include manga and anime is being pursued by the members of the LDP leadership, but this only the beginning. Plans to incorporate youth protection ordinances into a national law have been proposed in the past, and the appetite within members of the LDP to subject all media toward a healthy development agenda is growing…’”

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