In the wake of the RapeLay controversy, a United Nations group that aims to eliminate discrimination against women has urged Japanese lawmakers to put an end to games and cartoons that "promote sexual violence."
The United Nations' Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has
issued a 13-page compilation of observations about "Japan's sixth periodic report on sexual discrimination" earlier this month. While the committee applauded increased prison sentences under Japan's revised laws against child prostitution and pornography, it expressed concern that Japanese fiction - specifically interactive fiction - was continuing down a disturbing road.
"The Committee expresses its concern at the high incidence of gender discriminatory statements and sexist remarks made by public officers and the lack of steps taken to prevent and punish verbal violence against women.It also urges the State party to strengthen its strategies to combat pornography and sexualization in the media and advertising...to ban the sale of video games or cartoons involving rape and sexual violence against women which normalize and promote sexual violence against women and girls."