Censorship in Japan

Hoi Yan YAU, Heung Wah WONG

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This book explores censorship, particularly film and video censorship, in Japan in modern times. It shows how most censorship has been the film and video industry exercising self-censorship, but how this system has been problematic in that it has allowed dominant players in the industry to impose their own standards and exclude independent film makers. It outlines notable obscenity cases, and discusses how industry self-censorship bodies have been undermined both by industry outsiders setting up their own alternative regimes, and by the industry self-censorship bodies themselves being prosecuted for obscenity. The book also examines the conflict between the obscenity law, introduced in Meiji times when Japan was importing Western models, and the freedom of speech law, which was put in place by the American Occupation administration after the Second World War. The book concludes by assessing the current state of censorship in Japan and likely future developments.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages230
ISBN (Electronic)9781315409054
ISBN (Print)9781138222007, 9780367544973
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge Culture, Society, Business in East Asia Series

Bibliographical note

Yau Hoi-yan would like to express her gratitude to the Faculty of Arts, Lingnan University, for providing generous funding which made her various research in Japan possible.


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