United Nations Calls For Explicit Japanese Game Ban

In the wake of the Rapelay controversy, the United Nations's Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women is urging for the ban of explicit games and anime.

The committee is suggesting Japan to ban "the sale of video games or cartoons involving rape and sexual violence against women which normalize and promote sexual violence against women and girls."

Legislation in Japan has been proposed to ban the possession of child pornography; however, the government has decided to study the issue for three years before acting. This legislation does not include virtual child pornography, and the U.N. Committee noted that current Japanese law does not cover virtual child pornography.

The U.N. committee also showed concern "at the normalization of sexual violence in the State party as reflected by the prevalence of pornographic video games and cartoons featuring rape, gang rape, stalking and the sexual molestation of woman and girls."

United Nations Group Urges Japan to Ban Explicit Games, Manga [Anime News Network]