We are living in a time full of discussions involving nudity, sexuality, gender and especially how our children get into it all. How does Japan view these matters? Some people end up finding Japan a sexually bizarre country thanks to some cultural events and also the animation and sex industry.
I have already met Brazilians in their controversial discussions using arguments from Japan to defend ideas such as exposing children to sexual matters. In this article I will try to delicately address a little bit of this subject.
While the Christian religion dominates Brazil suggesting an idea of morals and ethics, Japan is quite open to sex as only less than 5% of the Japanese are Christian. Still, Japan does not allow same-sex marriage and also does not engage in any matters involving sex or gender at all.
The Japanese are reserved, so they don't get involved in controversial issues, they think that everyone does what they want with their life. Of course, there will always be movements and discussions on the subject, but on a small scale compared to other countries.
The minimum age for sexual consent in Japan is 13 years old, according to the Japanese penal code. This may change by province. However, another law prohibits minors under 18 from having sex with adults.
Even dating can be complicated during school term, because the law requires parental approval. Some private schools in Japan try to prevent students from getting involved in romantic relationships for fear of police intervention.
Exposure to sex in Japan
Something that created several discussions on the internet was the artistic performance of a naked man. Children were exposed to this event, which generated numerous controversies and discussions on the internet. I personally find it extreme exaggeration to link pedophilia with this performance.
On the other hand, I can't see absolutely any sense in this presentation, let alone art! There are laws that prohibit the person to walk naked, the boy probably needed to run after permissions for such a performance. In addition to this event, some information networks are addressing the issue of gender and sexuality with children.
Because of these events, thousands of discussions take place. How can Japan serve as an example for us? Culturally, it is common for children and adults to bathe naked in an onsen (hot spring), it is something quite cultured and innocent. Of course, the bath is separated by sex, but there are still some mixed baths around Japan, which probably don't allow children.
Another very popular event is the Kanamara Matsuri, a fertility festival where you can find several giant chicks, objects and even food in the shape of the male penis. This does not mean that Japanese children ended up becoming perverted, in fact some only discover or have an interest in sex in adulthood.
It is believed that it was due to the influence of Westerners who were shocked to see men and women bathing naked together without any desire or sexual act, which ended up causing the Japanese to separate baths by sex.
Talking about sex is taboo in Japan among some, just because of shyness or because it's a very personal subject. So much so that culturally it is not common to use expressions of sexual connotation as we use in Brazilian slang.
The influence of sex media
The exposure of sexuality in the media is quite visible. Some don't mind buying or reading erotic material in public. It is due to the fact that there is no concept of sin involving sex in Japanese religion.
A subject of considerable controversy is the sexual exposure of minors in media involving Japanese animation. Many believe that this can encourage pedophilia, but with the help of the law, the number of abuses is low. The culture makes perverted Japanese only have the courage to steal a panty at most or run after perverted products.
It's not just adult animation content for children, anime for the teen audience also has a lot of sensuality. Even lolis appear quite sensual in various animations, it's almost a tradition to have boobs bobbing and pose with panties on display. In Japan sensual animation is seen more as an art, so much so that almost half of women consume this type of media.
The Japanese government has already tried to ban adult content for minors in Japanese manga and animations, but there is a huge chasm. First, because animators might as well put on an older age and keep the appearance of a child.
Others argue that it is thanks to this type of material that the rate of child abuse remains low in Japan. The great innocence and carelessness of the Japanese make many issues considered controversial in the West irrelevant in Japan.
The pornographic media in Japan is quite different from the western one, so much so that there is even censorship of the private parts. Finally, let's leave some articles below that can help you understand more about sex in Japan.