This week Japan's parliament voted to outlaw the possession of child pornography. Anyone with indecent images of children will have a year to get rid of it. Japan made it illegal to create pornographic images of children fifteen years ago but had resisted international calls to ban the possession of such images. This new law does not ban animation that depicts child sex. This includes child porn depicted in manga and anime, genres of cartoons and animated films which originated in Japan and are now popular around the world. But is that right?
On Impact, BBC World Presenter Lucy Hockings discussed the issue with Tim Pilcher - the author of "Erotic Comics: a Graphic History" and chairman of the Comic Book Alliance, with Akemi Solloway - a lecturer and teacher of Japanese culture and language, and Bharti Patel, from the organisation "End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography And Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes".