It is argued in this presentation that Japan's child pornography problems occur within the context of a state that permits the organisation of women and girls for pornography consumption.
It argues that this occurs in order for the state to bolster its political viability. The economic malaise that has beset Japan since the 1990s has caused the increasing destabilisation of its male workforce, but this threat to the state remains placated as long as the sexual 'comfort' on offer to Japanese men continues to progress in its diversity and extremity. The Japanese government attracts international criticism for failing to act against child pornography, but continues to legally allow the individual possession of child pornography, and does not regulate the production of manga images of child sexual abuse. Other research shows that globalisation has elevated Japanese men's technological and financial advantage over women in the region, and this has facilitated their overseas sex tourism and demand for foreign trafficked women. This paper will additionally account for their commercial sexual victimisation of Japanese women and girls.
Speaker: Caroline Norma
Thursday 16 August: 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm
Research Lounge, RMIT Building 28, Level 5