John Funk said:
One part of me feels this law is stupid and idiotic.
Another part of me hopes this law ends the moe trend and bring back actual content.
That latter part of me is such a naive guy.
You realize that this could potentially relegate things like "Berserk" and "Evangelion" to the back room with all the hardcore porn, right?
Considering how vague the definition is it has further reaching consequences than that, especially when one considers that one of the main reasons this bill was introduced is because they guy at the head of it is apparently a massive Homophobe, and wants homosexuality and references to homosexuality hidden from minors because he considers it "socially disruptive". So pretty much anything that contains "teh gay" is now pornography, even if it isn't... because if the government of Tokyo says so, it's true.
Canada has similar wording in a law regarding Canadian Customs, it essentially allows any item of media imported from another country to be declared obscene (and thus bared from entry into the country) essentially at the discretion of individual customs officials. This means that if there's a homophobic (or lets say racist, though this is highly unlikely) customs officer, he can bar all the LGBQ material from entering Canada he wants without a second thought, these decisions can be appealed buuuutttt it's an exhaustive process and most people just give up on it, in terms of the "racist angle" the official could prevent anything depicting interracial couplings, or discussing race issues as obscene, he's less likely to get away with it, but it doesn't change the fact that according to the word of the law he CAN do it.
However this bill also effects videogames as I recall... so now Persona 4 is considered pornography in Tokyo (Gay character and all that), as are all Grand Theft Auto games (depiction of illegal behavior). This is a creepy morality bill, hopefully it will get overturned at some point as it seems the "public" of Japan the government is trying to protect doesn't really want this.