censorship

Many angered online over news that “Joker” may never show on Japanese TV

Popular opinion is not to blame movies for people’s actions.

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Man uses AI to “destroy” censor mosaics in Japanese adult videos, gets arrested by Kyoto police

It’s debatable whether or not what he did was actually destruction, but the police say there’s no question it was a crime.

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Kadokawa president apologizes and takes pay cut for his comments about censoring manga

The publishing president is “deeply reflecting” on his “inappropriate comments” during his recent appearance on a TV program.

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Anime masterpiece Akira seemingly banned in Russia due to fears of mentally damaging kids

St. Petersburg doesn’t want people to watch Neo Tokyo EXPLODE.

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New Dragon Ball anime Blu-ray removes flipped birds, ruffles fan feathers【Photos, video】

Throwing planet-smashing energy beams at one another is OK, but those martial arts masters better keep their middle fingers down.

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Defector: Gaming culture is alive and well in North Korea, popular titles include GTA V and FIFA

Fourteen-year-old who fled North Korea says all his friends have played western games.

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China bans rap music in an effort to reduce “vulgar” culture

Since January 23, rap artists are no longer allowed on public broadcasts in China.

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Sapporo man arrested for posting URLs to “obscene material” on website

Suspect facing criminal charges for simply copying and pasting three web addresses.

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Beauty and the Beast release indefinitely postponed in Malaysia due to “gay moment”

It seems like moviegoers in Malaysia won’t get to see the live-action rendition of Disney’s beloved “tale as old as time” for the foreseeable future.

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Trying to clean up the show could make it look much, much dirtier.

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Kewpie Mayonnaise censors logo of angel wings and nudity for American consumers

If you’re American then sorry, Kewpie doesn’t think you’re ready for its hard-core naked angel logo like most of Earth is.

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Controversial artist Rokudenashiko found guilty on obscenity charge

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Japanese TV show decides to censor the exposed nipples…of babies 【Photos】

Put a shirt on, you crazy kids!

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Scientists call for more education after a study finds that a huge number of Japanese people are afflicted with a condition that causes their private parts to appear blurry. 

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TV anime censorship goes to a crazy new extreme with 30th anniversary Iczer One broadcast

At some point, maybe you just have to ask “What’s the point of showing this on TV?”

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Illegal mosaic-free porn business busted after earning over US$1M in revenues

Osaka police recently uncovered a booming mail-order business servicing the entire nation with pornographic DVDs which lacked the legally required pixellation over actors’ genitalia.

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Yo-kai watch what the western Yo-kai Watch doesn’t want you to yo-kai watch

With Yo-Kai Watch finally exported overseas, many await the inevitable changes due to localization and censorship that will occur. After all, if it can happen to Doraemon, it can happen to any series. Sure enough, the English version of Yo-kai Watch anime did not fail to disappoint.

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UN urges Japan to ban sexual images of children in manga, Japanese netizens tell UN to shut up

On 26 October, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, wrapped up a week-long visit to Japan with a press conference at the Japan National Press Club.

During her hour-long speech, De Boer-Buquicchio implored the Japanese government to tighten its relatively lax restrictions on child pornography in which photographs of sexually dressed children and illustrations of children in sexual contexts are still considered legal.

Many other countries would take “legal child porn” to be a serious gap in their law books and promptly get right to work on tougher child porn restrictions. But online comments in Japan have taken the less popular route and rebutted that “the UN should shut-up and mind its own business.”

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Seth MacFarlane’s Ted tones down language, cashes in with edited Japan version for 12-year-olds

If there’s one defining aspect of the star of raunchy comedy Ted, it’s that he doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks about him. As a matter of fact, if he were describing himself, Ted’s first instinct would probably have been a stronger word than “damn,” but being neither a magical living stuffed animal nor the on-screen avatar of massively influential and wealthy comedian Seth MacFarlane, I have to be a touch more careful in my choice of vocabulary.

But shockingly enough, it turns out Ted is capable of self-censoring, as the recently released sequel Ted 2 is being edited into a family-friendly picture aimed at kids as young as 12 in Japan.

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Japan’s censorship of PlayStation 4 horror game Until Dawn is spectacularly bad 【Video】

Considering it’s the same country that gave us movies like Battle Royale, Tokyo Gore Police and Ichi the Killer, Japan’s method of handling violent video game content can be quite perplexing at times.

Despite being able to attack the undead hordes in survival horror beat-em-up Dead Rising with everything from ‘wet floor’ signs to katanas, decapitations were notably absent from the Japanese version of the game when it released back in 2006. More recently, Japanese Metal Gear Solid and Gears of War fans were shocked to see that numerous scenes and animations were cut from the versions released in their homeland, even though the games were clearly marked as “adults only”.

Japan’s video game censors have struck again this week, this time taking their (presumably family-friendly) hatchets to newly released PlayStation 4 horror game Until Dawn—and the method of censoring the scenes deemed too much for Japan is startlingly bad.

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