Saturday, December 03, 2005

Browsing Magazines in Japan

In Japan, it is very common to see people browsing magazines at convenience stores. Many of the magazines, even the comics, would be categorized as adult magazines (because they contain nudity) in the States. Now a rule is being put into place that seals these magazines to try to prevent people from reading them in the stores. Read about it in this article from Mainichi Daily Newspaper.

Interesting, there has been an unexpected consequence. I would have expected that this rule would cause the sales to increase, as the people who used to browse the magazines in stores would now have to pay to be able to read them. But instead, the article reports that they have had an increase in people willing to model for these magazines.

Of course, sealing them to prevent someone from reading the magazine in a store won't stop another potential problem - people reading these magazines in public places (like on the train) where anyone can see the content.

Japan has different standards of morality than America, and that is fine. But I would not be comfortable looking at magazines like these in public.

日本語:
コンビニに多い人が雑誌や漫画を読む。雑誌の裸体画ので、アメリカにはその雑誌と漫画は穏やかなポルノだ。今日本には店に見えないように雑誌がシールしなければならない。
毎日新聞の英語の記事だ

シールすることなら買わない雑誌を見られないので雑誌は売り上げの伸びになると思う。代わりに裸の女性の写真を取らせる人は伸びだ。

シールすることでも公共の場に読む雑誌の問題がある。たとえばほかの人は電車の中に読む雑誌を見える。

日本とアメリカのモラリティーは違う。でも私は公共の場にその雑誌を読むことはちょっと。。。

1 Comments:

At 3:13 PM, Anonymous motomi said...

Hi again,

When I went to a rural city in Aus last week, I saw a collection of photos at a kiosk. It was about male nudity and they completely exposed themselves. The book was assumed to be a kind of art and placed where young kids can reach easily. However, as long as things are regarded as "Arts", there is no such a restriction existing in the U.S. However, kids around 7 y/o harassed me when I perused one of copies saying "Hey Miss! It is not what you should look".

 

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