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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.


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.
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)
inachan89 18th-Jan-2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
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

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