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10:21 am - 01/18/2013

Tokyo cops make ‘child porn’ inquiry into Tomomi Kasai's breast pic, raise ‘international’ concerns

Tokyo Metropolitan Police interviewed staff members at publisher Kodansha regarding whether an erotic photograph of a member of pop group AKB48 constitutes ‘child pornography,’ reports the Sankei Shimbun (Jan. 18).

On January 17, officers from the juvenile affairs division questioned the publisher over an image featuring a topless Tomomi Kasai being fondled from behind by a young foreign boy — a potential violation of child prostitution and pornography laws.


According to investigators, it must be determined whether the photo is real. “The act of (a child) touching a woman’s nipples (as in that photo) is prohibited by law,” investigators are quoted by the Sankei.


The photo was originally scheduled to be published in an issue of the Kodansha comic book Shukan Young Magazine set to hit newsstands on January 12. Instead, the release was postponed and later cancelled. In explaining its decision, Young Magazine wrote in a message on site on January 11, “The photo contains an inappropriate expression.”


Investigators are reportedly taking into consideration the fact that the publication of the photo was scrapped, but are also looking at building a case against Kodansha. “In comparison to Japan, penalties in Europe for using a young boy in child pornography are more severe,” the Sankei quotes the investigative team. “We are taking into account that this could be a problem at an international level.”


The article notes that in Japan a guilty verdict for violating child pornography laws carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of five million yen.


The photo in question comprises the original cover shot for Kasai’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 supposed to appear in Young Magazine. The photo has also been pulled from inclusion in the book.


The photograph appeared in various sports newspapers on January 10. That evening, the editorial staff of Young Magazine decided to postpone the release of its upcoming issue.


“In the future, we will endeavor to do our best to respect the freedom of speech of an author, writer, cartoonist, or photographer,” Kodansha said in an apology posted on its site on January 17. “We are committed to working with more compliance measures in place as we continue to engage in our publishing activities.”


Regarding the inquiry by investigators, a spokesperson from Kodansha refused to comment due to a lack of confirmed information.

source

You reap what you sow.

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nuuuf 18th-Jan-2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
'You reap what you sow'
I totally second this.
faifantc 18th-Jan-2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
I feel so bad for her... :/
gee 18th-Jan-2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
Good. Thinking of the picture still disturbs me D:
cast0shadow 18th-Jan-2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
about time. the idea should never even have been suggested.
crimsonbreeze 18th-Jan-2013 05:57 pm (UTC)
I don't feel bad for anyone involved in this one single bit.

The only REAL victim here, is the little boy.

Tomomi Kasai is already adult enough to be in that kind of shoots, why wasn't she mature enough to realise that something like that would have bad consequences? What was the fucking photographer thinking? Who let the "art" director make such a proposition? WHAT THE HELL WAS KODANSHA THINKING.

Japan, get a fucking grip already.
sekainostar 18th-Jan-2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
perfect comment. A++++++++
bea_chan22 18th-Jan-2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
Geez, everyone involved in this mess should be punished - publishing company, photographer, Kasai and even the kids' parents for agreeing to this shot. Like, wth were they smoking? :|
jeugd1 18th-Jan-2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
Does the Tomomi chick get it trouble too, since she's an adult and had no problem with taking such pictures

Edited at 2013-01-18 06:05 pm (UTC)
kinari_pamyu 18th-Jan-2013 06:13 pm (UTC)
It still baffles me how this idea ever got approved, let alone became a reality.
haruno21 18th-Jan-2013 06:13 pm (UTC)
as I said in a related article, they deserve it.
ministryofbees 18th-Jan-2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
It's the same for everyone that's involved in this, but I have to say, Kasai is even more screwed up in the head for agreeing to do something like this. Zero respect for this disgusting person.

Glad that action is being taken.
molly_hime 18th-Jan-2013 06:18 pm (UTC)
"The article notes that in Japan a guilty verdict for violating child pornography laws carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of five million yen."

Maximum?? For child porn? Are you fucking kidding me?

Edited at 2013-01-18 06:19 pm (UTC)
ichigobanana 18th-Jan-2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
+1
inachan89 18th-Jan-2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
Good.
glider 18th-Jan-2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
Why did this even happen? Even in a country like the U.S. where negative press still functions as good press in most cases, something like this happening wouldn't have gone down too well with the general populace.

I can't figure out what kind of image they're planning for her to have.
asweetsymphony 18th-Jan-2013 06:32 pm (UTC)
Japan needs stricter laws to protect children from pornography. Happy the police are looking into this to prevent future stuff like this from happening again.
blackdevil2722 18th-Jan-2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
On one hand I go like, "they deserve it, Tomo~mi and whoever at Kodansha was put in-charge of doing this shoot", but on the other hand I also feel kinda bad for Kasai because this one stint just put such a bad stain on her career, that she's prolly better off graduating (like right now) and going down the AV path (if she still intends to even stay in the entertainment industry).

Whatever the case is, if this PB even gets published in the end, I'm not buying it.
pandapaw 18th-Jan-2013 07:20 pm (UTC)
you put yourself in that situation you have to take the Consequence!
whats done is done

minniemayuyu 18th-Jan-2013 07:58 pm (UTC)
I don’t have any sympathy for whatever punishment anyone receives in this case considering how inappropriate this whole incident is. But I have to say I do feel sorry and empathic towards Chiyuu considering the awful position she has been put into. After the whole 10,000 yen fiasco she has faced major back lash from the public and the career she has spent years building is spiralling towards a grim end. She’s probably terrified of her agency dropping her once she has graduated from AKB and as a result is saying yes yes yes yes to anything and everything they ask her to do since she is in fear of them dropping her. We’ve seen time and time again how agencies pressure their talents into doing things they don’t want to so I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest. I know a lot of people will say “but she’s an adult she should know better!” which is of course completely true, and valid, but when people are put in desperate situations and are about to lose everything they have they resort to things they shouldn’t do and of course regret. With that being said I don’t want people to misconstrue what I am saying as “poor girl we should all feel bad for her!!!” or that I am making excuses for her and completely ignoring the real problem which is of course that a young child was clearly taken advantage of. What she and everyone involved did is wrong and as a result they should receive whatever punishment they are given. I just feel bad for the mess she’s in is all.
minniemayuyu 18th-Jan-2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
yuck at this wall of text... i spent like 5 minutes trying to get the formatting right since it looked like this awful mess during the preview so i give up!
hisjulliet 18th-Jan-2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
good
active3minutes 18th-Jan-2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
good, hope they find them all guilty. that picture is so disturbing. still can't wrap my head around who thought that was a good idea. children need to be protected more from these things happening, poor kid.
atelierlune 18th-Jan-2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
I keep reading the bolded portion to mean that because a non-Japanese boy was involved in this, the Japanese police will be forced to act and come down harder on responsible parties.
liime_arix 18th-Jan-2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
That's what some sources are saying tbh. Even that the whole reason there's the investigation is because the boy is non-Japanese.
hanarina 18th-Jan-2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
I love Tomomi and will always support her but... her future isn't looking good.
shueisha 19th-Jan-2013 12:38 am (UTC)
While I agree that she does take some of the blame, I gotta say that her agency is wack. Really..they should have had an adult cover her or have done a Leah Dizon-esque pose. Like I said in a reply, I know it's easier said than done, but she needs to go to a new agency. However, with this going on, I don't think any agency would want to deal with all this.
mighty_orange 19th-Jan-2013 01:05 am (UTC)
Good. It's terrible that the picture even got taken. However, um

“In comparison to Japan, penalties in Europe for using a young boy in child pornography are more severe,” the Sankei quotes the investigative team. “We are taking into account that this could be a problem at an international level.”


The article notes that in Japan a guilty verdict for violating child pornography laws carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of five million yen.


There is so much wrong with this part and the fact that their main concern regarding this mess might boil down to that poor little kid's nationality and whether or not it will attract international attention/reprimand :/
umbrellaphone 19th-Jan-2013 02:26 am (UTC)
the fact that their main concern regarding this mess might boil down to that poor little kid's nationality and whether or not it will attract international attention/reprimand :/

Personally I doubt that's the main concern, but more of an "on top" of what's already been a violation. Internationally involved will bring a mere domestic case to another level.


Edited at 2013-01-19 02:27 am (UTC)
umbrellaphone OP, if you want to put this up too19th-Jan-2013 02:48 am (UTC)
The news got posted on ABC-CBN news as well: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/01/18/13/japan-pop-singers-topless-photo-probed

On Friday, the mass-circulation Mainichi Shimbun newspaper quoted one investigator as saying that police "thought this issue might turn into an international controversy".

A spokesman for the publisher earlier this week told AFP the company accepted there was a problem with the shot, but declined to offer an opinion on whether the image fell foul of Japan's child pornography laws.

"Whether or not it is child porn, it infringes on socially accepted standards," he said.
gustave154 19th-Jan-2013 06:09 am (UTC)
congrats kasai tomomi for the fail of the year!!
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