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Japan: Legal Child Pornography And An Industry Built On Deviance

Tokyo, Japan (CNN) -- In the two days since CNN.com posted the story on hentai games (specifically, the "RapeLay" video game), there have been thousands of comments, more than a million page views and many questions about how a culture can produce this genre of games and then quietly allow the industry to thrive.

It is terribly easy to condemn Japan as a sexist and repressed culture with a government that chooses to look the other way. Part of that would be true, but the reason hentai continues to thrive in a country as progressive as Japan is a complex cultural issue.

Kyle Cleveland, an associate professor of sociology at Temple University in Japan, teaches a course called "Youth and Deviant Subcultures in Japan."

Yes, there is enough material to fill an entire university level syllabus. Cleveland explains that the outrage from critics is borne through the prism of their own cu


Added: Apr-2-2010 Occurred On: Apr-2-2010
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