Japan has a new pornography law – Politics Abroad

Voluntarily. Or not.

Japan wants the new law to protect young women in particular from exploitation in the porn industry. The aim of the law, which was passed on Wednesday, is to prevent young Japanese people who have been promised employment as a model or pop star to inadvertently end up as porn actresses. Such experiences could cause “severe trauma,” said lawyer Kazuko Ito, who fights against abuse and exploitation in the Japanese porn industry.

The new law allows porn actors to terminate contracts after the release of a film without giving a reason and without paying a fine. Producers must then download the circulating copies and remove the film in question from the Internet.

So far, porn movies are available “practically forever” and can be watched by an unlimited number of people, Ito told AFP. The “groundbreaking” new law is therefore “very closely focused on the interests of the victims”.

Porn actors can now terminate contracts up to two years after the film’s release, later shortening to one year. The new law also stipulates that producers can start filming a month after signing the contract. He has to wait four months after filming for the release.

The law has been in the works since the Japanese parliament lowered the age of majority from 20 to 18 in April. This has raised fears that 18- and 19-year-olds are reluctant to enter the porn industry because they can no longer break contracts as easily as minors.

Youtuberka, who performs under the name Kurumin Aroma, said that she dreamed of becoming a musician – so she was recruited into the porn industry. “At one point, I was surrounded by more than a dozen people who reminded me how much money and time they had invested in me,” she told reporters in Tokyo recently. “When girls are 18 or 19 and given the opportunity to pursue their dream, I don’t think they are in a position to make sensible decisions.”

Porn producers who refuse to allow actors to terminate their contracts now face up to three years in prison and a fine of up to three million yen ($ 25,000). The fine for companies is up to 100 million yen.

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