I’m following up on an update the article from last week; even though the laws were recently proposed to protect the intellectual property rights of Manga Artists, there are some manga artists that are among the critics of the law. Take, for example, Tomoko Ninomiya, A Manga Artist well known for being the creator of the hit manga ‘Nodame Cantabile‘ that won the Kodansha Manga Award for Shōjo Manga in 2004, posted a tweet on February 13th asking the question “Who asked for this?“
A Twitter user responded to Ninomiya saying that the Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs has yet to define the specific terms for the law when will be applied, She responded by saying that it “Something so vague shouldn’t be passed.”
Another user linked her an article that was about why the Japanese publisher Kodansha supported the motion, again, Ninomiya replied: “I already know about this, I am talking about a part that isn’t stated here.” Meanwhile, the creator of Love Hina and Negima! Ken Akamatsu also shared multiple articles about the subject on Twitter, writing several tweets dissecting the implications of the law.
Akamatsu going on stating that this law would make Japan into a country where it would really be easy to pester and bother people with the threat of being arrested. He also went onto say that until a legal document outlining the specifics behind the law is released, then not even a lawyer would be able to interpret the full implications.
The head of Japan Society Studies of Cartoon and Comics and creator of Kaze to Ki no Uta, Keiko Takemiya released a statement on January 23rd saying that “If this law passes, I would fear that it would cause fan activities to wither, and the relationship between manga artists and their fans would diminish.“
The news of the law has been a real hot topic on everyone’s minds and on Twitter lately, with the Japanese word for “Copyright infringement” becoming a trending word the past few days, Akamatsu said that he hopes that the Agency of Cultural Affairs will listen to the objective voices of Manga Artists and among others.