The Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center (IMRC) Symposium

"What is the root of the matter of limiting the expression in manga"

"Tokyo youth health promotion ordinance" was introduced at the Tokyo assembly in February this year and it caused a big discussion about whether we need to limit sexual expression in manga or not. Our center held an academic symposium to argue about the relationship between manga and society with view points from manga research, humanities, art history and gender research.

This matter is new but has actually been argued for a long time. It is a unique problem that only can be caused in Japanese society because of how manga is a popular part of our culture and connected deeply to our daily lives. Thinking about this problem can give us a chance to re-think about our society, even about the existence of structure of government and law.

This symposium will explore the root of the matter of limiting manga expression with a lawyer Yamaguchi Takashi who took the central position in the argument and an advisor of our center also a critic Kure Tomofusa. They will argue from a cultural and legal point of view to find out how this problem came out in Japanese society. Of course you will be able to join us to talk over this matter.

Date September 20, 2010, 2pm - 5pm
Venue Kyoto International Mnaga Museum
1st floor Multipurpose video hall
Fee Free
* However the general entrance fee to the museum still applies.
Capacity 200 people
Participation Pre-registration is not required.
Admittance in order of arrival.
Panelist Kure Tomofusa (Critic, advisor of the Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center)
Yamaguchi Takashi (lawyer)
Chair Yosimura Kazuma
(Associate Professor in the Kyoto Seika University Faculty of Manga, General Manager of IMRC Research Department)

* This symposium will be only in Japanese.

* This symposium will be live broadcasted on Ustream.

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