Pundit's Big Prediction: No More Japanese Porn Censorship by 2050

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If you've spent any time on the internet, you've probably seen porn at some point. If you've spent any time watching pornography, you've probably seen Japanese pornography. One thing that's quickly noticeable is how Japanese adult videos are censored. Mosaics cover genitalia. In the future, says one pundit, that will change.

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The future being, oh, around the year 2050.

This is according to Setsu Kobayashi, a law professor at the prestigious Keio University. Since 1972, moviemakers have censored genitalia with mosaics to adhere to the country's obscenity laws, which earns the films the NEVA (Nihon Ethics of Video Association) seal.

Like the ethics organizations for, say, adult video games, NEVA is a voluntary group.

As Kobayashi explains to News Post Seven, by 2050 the mosaics will quite possibly not be necessary in adult videos. The rationale is that in America it was proven there is no link between pornography and crime—hence, uncensored pornography in the West. So they're not really necessary per se, and over time, the mosaic will gradually vanish—and is in the process of doing so right now. In the past few years, the mosaic has already gotten smaller and more transparent. Thus, the mosaic is likely to continue to do so.

(It's worth noting that actress Kanako Higuchi, the wife of Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi, broke ground in Japanese censorship regulations by appearing fully nude in a 1991 photobook.)

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Even if it's no longer necessary (by 2050!), don't expect it to vanish completely. Kobayashi thinks that it might stay in some form to appease those individuals who prefer watching adult movies with the mosaic, adding that it's a "unique trait" to Japanese adult films.

2050? Screw mosaic-free Japanese porn, we better have flying cars by 2050!

米国AVモザイクなし解禁 日本でも2050年完全自由化の流れか [NEWS ポストセブン]


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DISCUSSION

I think it's pretty ridiculous that they still have it today. I mean between the mosaics getting so thin and the fact that there's so much uncensored Japanese porn on the internet, that is supposedly destined for foreign markets but really isn't, I think they should just get rid of it.

Maybe it's still there for the actresses so they feel less shame or something. It seems the girls in censored vids are often far prettier and can sometimes break into the mainstream, a higher tier of AV girls if you will. On the other hand the girls in the uncensored vids are usually either less pretty unknowns or washed up censored actresses.