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Research Colloquium: History of Adult Video Censorship in Japan
 
 
Date: 16 April 2012 
 

SMLC Research Colloquium:

History of Adult Video Censorship in Japan

Ms Clara Yip
PhD Candidate (Japanese Studies)

Date: 16 April 2012 (Monday)
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Venue: KK Leung Room 1105

Abstract:
Adult Videos (AVs) are ubiquitous and big business in Japan since the early 1980s. In spite of the fact that AV has begun to enjoy mainstream acceptance in Japanese popular culture, and many international scholars have studied different aspects of popular culture in Japan, detailed academic studies on AV are extremely scarce. This paper thus attempts to at least partially fill the gap. It adds to the literature on the Japanese AV industry by discussing the regulation of AV industry in Japan during the last thirty years, with a particular focus on the video rentals and video sales markets. It is found that the Japanese government has implemented a self-regulatory approach to regulate the production and distribution of AV due to the fact that the Constitution of Japan prohibits government censorship. The AV industry participants take voluntary measures to restrict video themes, control video contents and ban videos. Some leading AV makers publicly express their intention of being “good citizens” by joining efforts to establish self-regulatory organization in an attempt to improve the reputation of the industry as whole. Drawing on interviews with the AV industry players and participant observation in one of the industry self-regulatory organizations in Tokyo, this article discusses the history of AV censorship in Japan.

* All students taking the Research Colloquium course must attend. Other staff and students are also welcome.

 
 
     
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