NABOKV-L post 0021078, Sat, 18 Dec 2010 23:37:04 -0500

Tokyo Gov. Ishihara backtracks on 1972 sex ed book ...
Tokyo Gov. Ishihara backtracks on 1972 sex ed book to boost new regs on explicit manga

Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara (Mainichi)

In defense of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's recent move to tighten restrictions on graphic sexual content in manga and anime, Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara has said the conclusions he made in a 1972 book about sex education were wrong.

"I was wrong back then," Ishihara said during a regular press conference held on Dec. 17, referring to a passage in his book "Shinjitsu no Sei-kyoiku" (The True Sex Education), in which he claimed that "no book can motivate children to commit a crime or turn to juvenile delinquency."

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Citing Vladimir Nabokov's 1955 sensational novel "Lolita," a story about a middle-aged man who becomes obsessed and romantically involved with a young girl, Ishihara stated, "I found the novel shocking at that time, but the story is beautifully narrated and I think it is acceptable," while criticizing certain types of modern comics as harmful for their depictions of extreme sexual acts such as rape.

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(Mainichi Japan) December 18, 2010

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