Nissan Seminar: Censorship in Japan
Convener(s): Professor Roger Goodman, Professor Takehiko Kariya, and Dr. Natalia Doan
Speaker(s): Dr. Heung-Wah (Dixon) Wong, Associate Professor of Global Creative Industries, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Hong Kong, and Dr. Hoi-Yan Yau, Senior Lecturer of Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University of Hong Kong
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This paper explores censorship, particularly film and video censorship, in Japan in modern times. It shows how most censorship has been a case of film and video industry exercising self-censorship, but how this system has been problematic in that it has allowed dominant players in the industry to impose their own standards and exclude independent filmmakers. The paper outlines notable obscenity cases and discusses how industry self-censorship bodies have been undermined both by industry outsiders setting up their own alternative regimes, and by the industry self-censorship bodies themselves being prosecuted for obscenity. The paper also examines the conflict between the obscenity law - introduced in Meiji times when Japan was importing Western models - and the freedom of speech law, which was put in place by the American Occupation administration after the Second World War. The paper concludes by assessing the current state of censorship in Japan and likely future developments.
Heung-Wah (Dixon) Wong, Associate Professor of Global Creative Industries, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, The University of Hong Kong
Hoi-Yan Yau, Senior Lecturer of Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University of Hong Kong)
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