“Japan’s child porn addiction”

It was a shocking find: crudely made DVDs with images of grown men having sex with children as young as 12. Until this year, the men who bought those images faced little more than a slap on the wrist. But police in Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, decided for the first time during the summer to pursue criminal charges against three male customers in a country widely seen as much too lenient on child pornography.

The police campaign is largely the work of Kyoto’s prefectural Governor, Keiji Yamada. During his fight for office two years ago, Mr Yamada pledged to roll out an ordinance banning the buying and possession of child porn – still legal under Japanese law, unless there is proven intent to sell or distribute. Even if the makers are arrested, the images circulate for years on the internet and in secondary markets.

Child porn-related crimes have grown fivefold in Japan through the last decade, according to the country’s National Police Agency. At least 600 children a year fall victim to paedophile directors and photographers. “The internet is probably the biggest factor,” said Akira Koga, spokesman for the Kyoto Police. “It’s very difficult to monitor and control.” A new police cyber patrol uncovered the trail back to the three men from the DVD producer in Tokyo.

Japan has long been considered a hub for the production and possession of paedophile images. It is the only OECD (Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development) nation that has not banned possession of child porn, partly to protect its manga and anime industries, which churn out thousands of titles every year that sail close to the legal wind. A government survey in 2002 found that 10 per cent of Japanese men admitted to owning child porn at some stage.

Bookstores and convenience stores across the country stock magazines carrying semi-naked pictures of pubescent and pre-pubescent children. Many underage girls have built careers as so-called “junior idols”, posing in suggestive poses. In the electronics district of Akihabara, Tokyo’s capital of geeky cool, tourists gawk at cartoon images of children in various stages of sexual distress, all perfectly legal. One of the nation’s most popular pop groups, AKB48, features a revolving cast of members, some as young as 13, persuaded to pout in adult lingerie for videos and magazine covers.

The UK-based Internet Watch Foundation traced nearly 16,250 websites depicting child abuse back to Japan in 2006, enough to put it third on a global watch list. In 2009, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection placed Japan fourth among the top five countries hosting websites with child abuse images, according to ECPAT International, an NGO that fights to end the commercial exploitation of children.

Campaigners engaged in a cat-mouse-game with paedophiles across the world say a new approach is long overdue. “The US is very frustrated with Japan,” says Jake Adelstein, a journalist and board member with the Polaris Project Japan, a non-profit organisation that combats human trafficking and sexual exploitation. “The FBI and Homeland Security Investigations give Japan’s police hundreds of tips on child pornography makers and distributors every year and none of them are acted upon.”

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Found via AntiPornography.org

3 responses

  1. This article from the Independent newspaper makes this false claim ‘crudely made DVDS with images of grown men “having sex” with “children” as young as 12. In reality the DVDS are filmed acts of men raping girls as young as 12. Adult men do not ‘have sex with female children’ but innumerable adult men rape and subject female children to sadistic male sexual violence because innumerable men believe it is their innate right to have sexual access to females of any age.

    Independent newspaper is therefore claiming ‘grown men are having sex with children’ which infers what is happening is something normal and that the female children (because it is female children not male children these men are subjecting to rape and male sexual violence) are agreeing to engage in ‘sex’ (sic) with adult men.

    In Japan so-called ‘child porn’ is a euphemism for Japanese men’s pseudo right of sexual access to female children. It is not boy children who are routinely depicted as men’s dehumanised sexual service stations but girl children. However, stating the obvious is unacceptable to Male Supremacist System because that would mean awkward questions being asked such as ‘why are so many men (globally) subjecting female children to sadistic male sexual violence including multiple rape.’ Male Supremacist System works very, very hard at maintaining a supposedly gender neutral stance which benefits men and ensures the realities of sadistic male sexual violence continuing to be committed against female children remains hidden and out of sight. But even the Independent’s gender neutral article is nonsensical because I doubt male children are the ones posing in female adult lingerie!

    Japan is not unique in endorsing/promoting the misogynistic lie that girl children are men’s dehumanised sex toys who can be subjected to sadistic male sexual violence and then discarded once the adult male has sated his sexual demands. Here in the UK we have the Rochdale case wherein a large group of adult males were allowed to sexually prey on pre-teen and teenage girls for years with impunity because local police, local social services and local council authorities believed the girl children ‘were freely choosing to be subjected to male sexual violence and men serially raping them.’ Now we have that cause celebre deceased infamous male sexual predator Jimmy Saville who during his life time enacted his pseudo male sex right to female children. Deceased male sexual predator and multiple rapist Saville was not an anomaly as is claimed by malestream media because there are innumerable Savilles continuing to subject women and girls to sadistic male sexual violence and pornography is male supremacist system’s propaganda tool which is used to justify men’s pseudo sex right to female bodies.

    The US too adopts a hypocritical stance because US corporate owned malestream media is awash with images of female children in sexually submissive poses and adult women are photographed dressed as female children/female schoolgirls in sexually submissive poses.

    So therefore so-called ‘child porn’ is not a separate issue but is all about the same male misogynistic belief and that is females of all ages supposedly just exist to be men’s dehumanised disposable sexualised commodities. And yet this reality continues to be denied by the men in suits who hold political power because it is essential men’s pseudo sex right to women and girls must never be challenged or eliminated.

  2. All of this horror will never end, it seems. Because all men are allined <sp?), they shall succeed in the production and distribution of child pornography. Gee, I wonder where they "found" these young girls and boys?! It definitely wasn't at their high school. These kids were abducted, kidnapped, and forced to pose in these suggestive poses, and have sex (MY GOD!!) with grown men. How could men be so cruel as to subject a young girl or boy (mostly girls) to such a horrendous, painful "act?" These men keep ruining the lives of these kids and will continue to do so forever I believe. There's always the underground market where these scumfuck men can find more and more porn (images of people and kids being RAPED for money). We live, unfortunately in a nightmarish patriarchy and that's why child porn is even made or available! Men, deep down inside, think this is ok and it should be legal. Forget about the innocent kids who have been FORCED to have sex with these evil bastards. They have been scarred for life, but…forget about their hopes, dreams and feelings. Men selfishly produce this crap just so they can play with their smelly dick and "cum." What a price to pay for these poor kids; just so a man can "cum." I bet they think the kids secretly enjoy it, and have orgasms as well. (That is what their sick minds think). The mere fact that this ABUSE is even happening is because men CHOOSE NOT to control themselves sexually. Yes, it is a choice. They can blame their raging hormones all they want. WE know the truth, and so do they…

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