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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

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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
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)
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?
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
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
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