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U.S. State Department No Fan of Manga and Anime

May 4, 2016
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U.S. State Department No Fan of Manga and Anime

The U.S. Department of State recently joined the United Nations in suggesting that Japan should restrict certain types of manga and anime, condemning what it calls “unfettered availability of sexually explicit cartoons, comics, and video games, some of which depicted scenes of violent sexual abuse and the rape of children.” The statement came in the…

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Ohio Middle School Student Suspended for Death Note Cosplay Prop

March 24, 2016
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Ohio Middle School Student Suspended for Death Note Cosplay Prop

An Ohio middle school student’s Death Note cosplay was a little too authentic for school officials, who recently suspended her for three days after a teacher found her prop “death list” notebook with other students’ names inside. The girl was dressed as Light Yagami for Fandom Day at Lakewood Middle School in Hebron. In the…

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UN Committee Urges Japan to Ban Sexual Violence in Fiction

March 24, 2016
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UN Committee Urges Japan to Ban Sexual Violence in Fiction

Just a few months after a UN envoy recommended that Japan ban certain types of manga and anime to somehow protect real children from abuse, a separate UN committee has now entered the fray by urging the government to ban “the sale of video games or cartoons involving sexual violence against women.” What the committee…

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Manga Cop-Out at the Swedish Supreme Court

March 16, 2016
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Manga Cop-Out at the Swedish Supreme Court

In the abstract, most people in free societies would probably agree that no one should be fined or thrown in jail simply for possessing drawings of any sort. But when the drawings in question are certain varieties of manga, often the fear of being tarred with the child porn brush overcomes the will to defend…

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Protect Yourself When Traveling With Manga

March 2, 2016
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Protect Yourself When Traveling With Manga

If there’s one thing we know about North American Customs officials, it’s that they are not, by and large, aficionados of manga. Art that’s fairly commonplace in Japan can easily be labeled as child porn at U.S. and Canadian ports of entry, sometimes resulting in criminal charges, even though a crime has not been committed…

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CBLDF’s Top 15 Stories of 2015

December 30, 2015
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CBLDF’s Top 15 Stories of 2015

As 2015 comes to an end, we’re taking a look back at our 15 most-read stories of the past year. In many cases we’ve also included links to follow-ups or other related stories. College Student Wants Graphic Novels Banned from Graphic Novel Course In June, CBLDF rose to the defense of comics at Crafton Hills…

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Why Banning Extreme Manga Fails To Protect Children

December 16, 2015
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Recent media coverage of UN Special Envoy Maud de Boer-Buquicchio’s recommendations to Japan for combating child sexual abuse emphasized her assertion that the country should, “ban manga of extreme child pornographic content.” This recommendation is a wrong-minded and unfortunate distraction from the larger substance of her worthy efforts – ending the abuse and exploitation of real children. A glance…

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UN Envoy Recommends Japanese Ban on Some Manga and Anime

October 30, 2015
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UN Envoy Recommends Japanese Ban on Some Manga and Anime

A UN special envoy on child protection waded into the debate over manga and anime in Japan this week, urging the country to ban “particular, extreme child pornographic content” even if it does not involve any actual children. In a press conference wrapping up a week-long fact-finding visit on underage sex trafficking, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio…

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Tokyo Prison Under Fire for Banning Gay Manga

October 22, 2015
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The Tokyo Bar Association issued a sexual orientation discrimination warning to the Tokyo Detention House earlier this week when it was found out that they had been explicitly refusing an inmate access to manga which depicts homosexual sex acts — a refusal that is not upheld when inmates request materials portraying heterosexual sex acts. Asahi…

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“Death Note” Found in New Hampshire High School Causes Panic

October 15, 2015
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Parents of Nashua High School North in New Hampshire are raising concerns in their community and online after the discovery of a “death note” book, containing the names of 17 different students along with brief statements about how they wronged the unnamed author and the times and dates that each would die. The notebook, designed…

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