Minori, developer of adult PC titles like Bittersweet Fools and Angel Type, explains why the company has blocked website access outside Japan — to protect you.
While accessing the Minori site from Japan poses no problems, those outside the country have been greeted with this message:
This website cannot be browsed excluding Japan.
Some foreigners seem to be having an antipathy against EROGE.
Therefore, We prohibited the access from foreign countries, to defend our culture.
Sorry for you of the fan that lives in a foreign country.
As we previously mentioned, these recent defensive measures from erotic game makers come in the wake of the Rapelay controversy and subsequent rape game banning.
Minori has updated its site with a explanation as to why it is blocking access for users outside Japan:
Why minori blocking foreign accesses?
We are little perplexing now because we received a lot of response about this issue from foreign people.
Now we will tell you the short detail about the reason why blocking you to this website, because of we, all Japanese EROGE makers were facing at the problem, the crisis of "Freedom of speech".
Currently, The bill that allows to limiting the content (It is censorship. Isn't it?) to all EROGEs is being discussed in the Diet because intellectuals and politicians said "Japanese EROGE were being problem and troubled with the foreign country. Therefore we should make EROGE hidden away from foreign country, and also its content should be limited and censored".
Okay, now we trusted the word what they said at once. So we blocked you to make stay away from the trouble.
...Do you like that?
If not, please tell your idea directly to Japanese government and politicians.
(For example, you can write the letter to the administration of Japan directly from here.)
(If you can comprehend Japanese...There is information of the politicians in Japan.)
Otherwise, you just can talk your idea about this issue at your blog or other media to inform the existance of this problem to the public. It would be very helpful for us.
If you do so, we might be able to recover the "Freedom of speech" and the barricade lying in between us would be taken away.
Please help us.
We hope this separation would be only for short moment.
Good on Minori to attempt to explain its actions (in a foreign language to boot!), instead of completely sealing itself off from the outside world.