Oct 142009

According to the Mail & Guardian (South Africa):

A Japanese computer game maker on Friday dismissed a protest by US rights campaigners against the game RapeLay, which lets players simulate sexual violence against women.

New York-based Equality Now launched a campaign this week “against rape simulator games and the normalisation of sexual violence in Japan”.

It urged activists to write in protest to the maker and Prime Minister Taro Aso, arguing the game breaches Japan’s obligations under the 1985 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

The Yokohama-based games manufacturer Illusion brushed off the campaign.

“We are simply bewildered by the move,” said spokesperson Makoto Nakaoka. “We make the games for the domestic market and abide by laws here. We cannot possibly comment on [the campaign] because we don’t sell them overseas.

Bewildered?  Here’s a clue, glorifying misogynist violence in Japan is just as reprehensible as it is in any other part of the world.

Equality Now is asking you to write to Japanese officials,

calling on them to comply with Japan’s obligations under CEDAW, including the recent strong exhortation of the CEDAW Committee to ban games and cartoons that normalize and promote sexual violence against women and girls. In your letter to the Minister of Justice ask her also to inquire about the requested investigation into the apparent gang rape video sent by Equality Now to the Tokyo police department, and ask that her office investigates this and other actual rape videos to ensure that all those involved are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Please also continue to write to Illusion Software asking it to withdraw immediately from sale all games which involve rape, stalking or other forms of sexual violence or which otherwise denigrate women. Suggest that corporations have a responsibility to consider, as good business practice, any negative impact their activities may have on society and the public interest. Please write a similar letter to Amazon Japan.

Click here to see the complete call to action and a list of addresses.

 October 14, 2009  Posted by on October 14, 2009

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