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About Japanese censorship
Japanese criminal low article 175 is like this
A person who distributes, sells or displays in public an obscene document, drawing or other objects shall be punished by imprisonment with work for not more than 2 years, a fine of not more than 2,500,000 yen or a petty fine. The same shall apply to a person who possesses the same for the purpose of sale.
Japanese artists/publishers hide the genitals because police and court says explicit genitals and insertion scene is obscene.
Of course We don’t want hide them, so pornographic comic publishers try to use more and more small black or white lines to hide genitals, and when police got angry, they use big black box to hide them.
This is a loop of hard and mild censorship but sometime it cause trouble.
At 2002, Japanese Manga artist Beauty Hair and publisher are arrested because his comic are obscene.
They are fined 500,000 Yen each.
At 2013, Comic Magazine ‘Comic Megastore’ s editors are arrested.
They are also fined 500,000 Yen each.
The “lolicon” boom in Japan, there is an interesting historical background.
Japan in the 1980s, not only genitals but also pubic hairs are regarded as obscene.
This era, under age girl’s nude photo collection was large amount of publication, because their genitals are only a simple line and no
Ostensibly, it has been the artistic photo book, but it was a valuable porn for youth that could not seen the crotch of women in any media.
The same time, is among the young has occurred anime boom, they hate porn comics that had been drawn with old-fashioned realistic touch.
So anime-style erotic comic magazines are published, they are called “lolicon manga”.
Todays Japanese porno comics are affected by this era.
Nowadays, in japan, under 18 nude photo is illegal, but Mangas or Animes not use real child models are not regarded as child pornography, so We can draw loli or shota sex mangas.