Meet Jun Tachibana who is working hard to change this terrible practice that preys on the young and vulnerable.
Because of this, some schools forbid their students from having relationships, even if they are protected by the juvenile obscene acts.Another reason was former Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara. He wanted to bid on the Tokyo Olympics, and other nationalistic politicians wanted to clean up Japan’s international image as being a “safe haven for pedos.” While laws were in place to prevent adults from having relationships with minors, Ishihara’s goal was to lower the image of Japan’s “sexually deviant youths.” This is why Japan is one of the few countries that doesn’t have a close age exemption, which would forgive a 17-year-old for dating a 16-year-old. The legal ramifications of entering a relationship are fairly murky without parental consent.
Juvenile Obscene Acts are notorious for being vague in what is considered “obscene” and this can vary on a case-by-case basis.Japan has had obscenity acts in place since the ’60s, but the harsh punishments and vague interpretations did not occur until the ’90s.