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3:59 pm - 01/16/2013

AKB48 breast shot could pose problems for publisher

A photo of a topless Tomomi Kasai being fondled from behind by a young boy could prove to be costly for Kodansha


The publisher embroiled in a scandal over an “inappropriate” photo of a member pop group AKB48 may face a host of problems, reports Yukan Fuji (Jan. 13).

Comic book weekly Shukan Young Magazine, which is published by Kodansha, announced on January 11 that the issue originally scheduled to hit newsstands the following day would be delayed. The problem was the suitability of including an image featuring a topless Tomomi Kasai being fondled from behind by a young boy.

The magazine offered readers an apology on its Web site. “The photo contains an inappropriate expression,” read a statement from the editorial staff.








The photo in question — which utilizes what is referred to as a te-bura (or hand bra) pose — comprises the cover shot for the 21-year-old’s debut photo collection called “Tomo no Koto, Suki?” (Do You Like Tomo?), which is scheduled to be released (also by Kodansha) on February 4. A promotion for the book was what was supposed to appear in Young Magazine.



As a result, one journalist expects Kodansha to suffer a substantial monetary loss. “With a circulation of 650,000 copies, losses in terms of printing, advertising, and subscription fees will be over 300 million yen,” says Masaaki Hiruma.

Publishing in recession-stricken times is already troublesome enough, continues Hiruma. “So manga comics like Young Magazine are cash cows for Kodansha,” the journalist says.




From a legal standpoint, child welfare laws may also pose problems for Kodansha.

Masaru Wakasa, a lawyer and former deputy director of special investigations at the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office, says that under such statutes Kodansha is prohibited from harmfully influencing the mind and body of a child less 18 years of age through obscene acts. “In this case, a juvenile is touching the chest of an adult woman,” says Wakasa. “Kodansha did not judge this to be in violation of the law.”

The article notes that guilty verdicts for violating child welfare laws for obscenities carry a maximum prison term of 10 years and a fine of three million yen.

As to a potential violation related to child pornography laws, Wakasa says that a sex act, or possibly even a suggestion thereof, would have to be depicted. “For example, the touching of genitals,” he says. “But in Tomomi’s case, the photo does not get that extreme.”


According to a person affiliated with Kodansha, the photo project received the standard checks by staff members last year. Yukan Fuji says that the controversial image has also been pulled from inclusion in the book.


An entertainment journalist somewhat understands Kodansha’s intentions, saying that Kasai’s E-cup bust is worthy of emphasis. “It’s a shot that high-school students will find exciting,” says the writer. “However, to use the hands of a boy in order to emphasize her plumpness was a mistake.”


A spokesperson for Kodansha said that law enforcement did not apply any external pressure leading up to the postponement of publication of Young Magazine. Instead, it was simply a very costly decision that had to be made. (A.T.)




Source:  tokyoreporter

2hothere 16th-Jan-2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
According to a person affiliated with Kodansha, the photo project received the standard checks by staff members last year

say what? they checked it and they didn't see anything wrong with it. These staff members are going to get fired..also Tomomi Kasai didn't think anything is wrong with it either. I think they're too eager to make money and just ignore the problem.
nudrive 16th-Jan-2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
Good
lelomew 17th-Jan-2013 12:06 am (UTC)
Where are the parents/guardians who gave their bloody consent? The staff, the model and all those involved came up with a disgusting concept and decided to see it all the way through, but this kid wouldn't have appeared had the parents turned it down. Unless the staff snatched this kid off the streets and forced him into this.
45s 17th-Jan-2013 12:12 am (UTC)
Why couldn't she just hold her own boobs. Why was this even a concept
blazingeternity 17th-Jan-2013 12:15 am (UTC)
+1
taylorniw 17th-Jan-2013 12:25 am (UTC)
I think it was meant to be a publicity shot. I can't believe anyone actually legitimately thought it was a good idea, and I doubt any other photos in the book are anything like this.
killetheth 19th-Jan-2013 05:05 pm (UTC)
lol its so simple, just hold your own boobs girl!
umbrellaphone 17th-Jan-2013 12:14 am (UTC)
a sex act, or possibly even a suggestion thereof, would have to be depicted. “For example, the touching of genitals,” he says. “But in Tomomi’s case, the photo does not get that extreme.”

Hurts my head how counterintuitive this sounds, like breastfondling isn't considered a "suggestion" of sexual act.

Edited at 2013-01-17 12:15 am (UTC)
hadashi_no_eden 17th-Jan-2013 12:18 am (UTC)
Who thought this was a good idea? She and the kid both look hella uncomfortable and this is highly inappropriate.
active3minutes 17th-Jan-2013 12:26 am (UTC)
like, in what world did they (everyone involved with this photo) think this picture was ok? poor kid though, what kind of parents would be ok at their child fondling a person's breasts??

also, "Kasai’s E-cup bust is worthy of emphasis. 'It’s a shot that high-school students will find exciting,' says the writer. 'However, to use the hands of a boy in order to emphasize her plumpness was a mistake.'" wtf?!
taylorniw 17th-Jan-2013 12:39 am (UTC)
Also, how small is this chicks rib cage that she's an E-cup? Or is that in Japanese sizing?
harukakamiya 17th-Jan-2013 01:09 am (UTC)
Japanese sizing. E cup in Japan is like C cup in USA.
harustyle 17th-Jan-2013 05:54 am (UTC)
E cup in Japan is D in USA. D and E cups are not actually massive.
neko_kakoi 17th-Jan-2013 12:41 am (UTC)
what they did was obviously wrong and yet they still went with it. makes my blood boil. lol
konichiwacobra 17th-Jan-2013 12:43 am (UTC)
i refuse to believe that other people saw this and thought that it was ok.
uncieloazul 17th-Jan-2013 12:51 am (UTC)
there's no such thing as bad publicity?

idk, trying to find a way to explain this...
arara_chan 17th-Jan-2013 01:01 am (UTC)
Oh here it comes~ as expected....
But how the hell is this an E-cup?? O.O
harukakamiya 17th-Jan-2013 01:09 am (UTC)
E-cup in JAPAN

not USA sizing
arara_chan 17th-Jan-2013 01:16 am (UTC)
Ok this makes sense^^ Thanks^^
harukakamiya 17th-Jan-2013 01:20 am (UTC)
Yeah Japan sizing is a lot different from USA sizing. e.g. a D-cup in the USA is more like a B-cup in Japan
rainawallis 17th-Jan-2013 01:39 am (UTC)
I think you meant it the other way around. USA B cup is Japan D cup, cause USA D cup is rather sizable. ^_^
harukakamiya 17th-Jan-2013 02:13 am (UTC)
no not really

also that's creepy to put an emoji after saying how big a D cup is
crystalluvshun 18th-Jan-2013 03:50 am (UTC)
there's only 1 cup size difference between Japan & USA sizes, so a E cup in Japan is like a D cup in USA, and D Japan size is C USA size.
umbrellaphone 17th-Jan-2013 02:58 am (UTC)
You meant the other way around.

Makes no sense Japanese E-cup in Japan = C-cup in USA, but B-cup in Japan is D-cup in USA.
harukakamiya 17th-Jan-2013 03:15 am (UTC)
no I didn't.

USA sizing is 2 sizes up from Japan sizing.
umbrellaphone 17th-Jan-2013 03:21 am (UTC)
Except "Japanese E-cup = USA C-cup" (which is correct) is not 2 sizes up, it's two sizes down.
exdream1999 17th-Jan-2013 09:54 am (UTC)
LOL no.

My Japanese bras are a larger cup size than the ones I have from the US.


Edit: You can say that a C-cup in the US is 2 sizes larger than a Japanese C-cup, but looking at just from a cup bases, E is considered a size up from C, so while a US C and a Japanese E are the same "size' in terms of fit, the Japanese one would be the one sizing up.

Wow, took me a while to work out how to word that.

Edited at 2013-01-17 10:04 am (UTC)
fauxparadiso 17th-Jan-2013 01:03 am (UTC)
“However, to use the hands of a boy in order to emphasize her plumpness was a mistake.”

Gagging at this description.
raatkerani 17th-Jan-2013 01:08 am (UTC)
Right, like children in Japan will say "oppai! Oppai!" while touching random woman's breasts.
Wait, my friend got that experience from her under-5 students.

The photo is indeed inappropriate for cover. They reap what they sow anyway.
pandapaw 17th-Jan-2013 01:24 am (UTC)
*pokes cheek*
of course this would cause someone to react!

“It’s a shot that high-school students will find exciting,” says the writer

oh wow! so is there anything else you like to talk about :3!


rainawallis 17th-Jan-2013 01:43 am (UTC)
So glad that someone is doing something about this in Japan. No idea how anyone thought it was appropriate. :P
haruno21 17th-Jan-2013 01:58 am (UTC)
they deserve it tbh. that pic is horrible in every aspect
kazeyumi 17th-Jan-2013 02:13 am (UTC)
“However, to use the hands of a boy in order to emphasize her plumpness was a mistake wrong and sick.”
fixed!
soundczech 17th-Jan-2013 02:40 am (UTC)
my coworker kept trying to debate this issue with me yesterday, he really wanted to make it okay. it was really annoying.
love323able 17th-Jan-2013 05:48 am (UTC)
this reminds me of the akb fan in tokyohive
going on and on how it's no big deal,& even for American standards this is tamed

and i'm here still going wtf :/
lip_glossy 17th-Jan-2013 04:52 am (UTC)

so a young boy fondling her breast from behind is not bad enough as a sexual act?

but it's certainly is according to this
harmfully influencing the mind and body of a child less 18 years of age through obscene acts

it certainly is harmful to that little boy to cup his hands around her breast like that..it's an intimate act..


bowtomecha 17th-Jan-2013 06:58 am (UTC)
I hope the AKB48 nonsense ends. I've never seen anything so manufactured before and the control the industry has over ladies like them is pretty apparent by looking at this photo.
bowtomecha 17th-Jan-2013 06:59 am (UTC)
On a different note, what an amazing looking little boy.
tomoeicemaiden 17th-Jan-2013 07:23 am (UTC)
I still can't get over how a team of people gave this the green light. And good for Kodansha, I hope they lose a shit ton of money because printing this photo in mass quantities was effing stupid on their part.
xelloss_poo 17th-Jan-2013 08:07 am (UTC)
I'm just putting this out there, but you people are using the wrong word. I doubt the kid is "fondling" her breasts. You can say the kid is holding or touching her breasts, but you don't know that he is fondling

Fondle
1. To handle, stroke, or caress lovingly. See Synonyms at caress.
2. Obsolete To treat with indulgence and solicitude; pamper.
v.intr.
To show fondness or affection by caressing.


The kid is not stroking or caressing the breasts lovingly, therefore, he is not fondling them.

I don't this picture is necessarily appropriate, but you people using the word fondle, should really know what it means before you go around flinging it.
asaphira_sachi 17th-Jan-2013 08:41 am (UTC)
Why do you assume people don't know the meaning of the word? For one, the cover is a still picture. A still shot of caressing still gonna look like merely touching. The cover is scandalous because of the context it could be implying, so if people interpreted the shot as "fondling" -whether the boy in reality is doing it or not-, the word's not really used wrongly. Even [the writer of] this article used it.

Edited at 2013-01-17 10:19 am (UTC)
tomoeicemaiden 17th-Jan-2013 10:30 am (UTC)
Hmm, I think you missed the point. A kid can't fondle a woman's breasts. Just like a kid can't be in a "sexual relationship" with an adult. Does that make sense?
asaphira_sachi 17th-Jan-2013 11:19 am (UTC)
But my point was that the word's likely used to describe the fictional (or implied) context. As I said previously, the boy's action or capability in reality isn't the matter. If it was, then by argument the kid obviously can't commit a sexual act, so this pic isn't sexual. But it's kinda why the cover's such a buzz right now.
vanlindda90 17th-Jan-2013 08:32 am (UTC)
The journalist who talked about her breasts' plumpness is hilarious. Who says that!? LOL.

Either way, both Kondasha and AKB48's agency are at fault. They knew what was going on and still went on with it. Poor kid. His parents are crazy and I'm questioning their parenting.
exdream1999 17th-Jan-2013 10:06 am (UTC)
This should be featured on wikipeida as an example of "clusterfuck"

Because, dear lord, this is such a perfect example of it.
rainbow_yarn 17th-Jan-2013 02:10 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I thought they were going for a motherly image with the kid holding her breasts; I couldn't imagine any other reason they'd want a child to do it.

This was stupid

Edited at 2013-01-17 02:11 pm (UTC)
kachie_kurayami 17th-Jan-2013 06:02 pm (UTC)
I also thought this, but then it seemed really obvious since the kid isn't Japanese.
chanqsun 18th-Jan-2013 01:35 am (UTC)
what in the real f***?!
dorkylifestyle 18th-Jan-2013 03:17 pm (UTC)
Who thought this concept was a good idea in the first place????

and who approved of this???



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