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Wednesday, 4th July 2012
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Tokyo manga law helps keep children safe

A year ago the Tokyo metropolitan government passed a law making it illegal to sell or display inappropriate manga books and comics to minors, and officials say the law is have the desired effect.

While much anime and manga is written for young people - such as the best selling pirate series One Piece - a significant amount features violent or sexual content and many argued that children had to be prevented from seeing it.

Since the passing of the child protection ordinance, not a single manga has been banned but authorities say this is because the ruling has forced retailers and publishers to take action, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported.

"Writers and publishers have started using common sense when it comes to publishing books," Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara told the news provider.

This has seen the removal of such manga and anime from retailers frequented by minors, with the comics now only sold at locations accessible by over 18s.

Written by Susan Ballion

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