Tokyo Restrictions Launch Young Girls in Comic Books Manga Debate

Beyond the Veil| Japan is examining its permissive attitudes about using images of very young girls in what other countries consider child pornography.

The NYTimes reports that the $5.5 billion manga comic book industry, which markets provocative young girls called “junior idols” is under particular scrutiny.

An ordinance newly revised by Tokyo’s metropolitan government to restrict the sale of such material has prompted a national debate between its publishers and critics inside and outside Japan, who say the fare exploits children and may even encourage pedophilia. Other local and regional governments, including the prefecture of Osaka, are considering similar restrictions.