TOKYO - The Tokyo government is to ban sales to children of a manga comic that depicts incestuous relationships, an official said Tuesday, the first time expanded rules on sexual content have been invoked.
"Little Sisters Paradise! 2", which was published last month, will be classified as an "unhealthy publication" that must be kept out of children's reach.
The comic, a spinoff from an adult-orientated computer game with the same title, says on its cover: "More naughty days of a brother and five sisters." A panel of experts for Tokyo Metropolitan Government "has reached the decision that (this manga) meets the criteria. We are moving to publicise the decision" formally on Friday, said an official in charge of youth affairs.
Manga is a style of Japanese comic book typically aimed at adults as well as children.
The ruling only affects stores in the Japanese capital but does not bar them from stocking the title, which will remain freely accessible to those aged 18 or older in adult sections of bookshops.
Three years ago, Tokyo tightened an ordinance stopping children buying publications that "significantly stimulate sexual feeling".
"Little Sisters Paradise! 2" is the first publication to fall foul of the 2011 amendment that expanded the rules to cover pictures or text that "glorifies" incest.
Kadokawa, the major Japanese publishing house that released "Little Sisters Paradise! 2", declined to comment.
Japan's attitude to sexually explicit material often comes in for criticism.
The possession of pornography involving children is not illegal, but its creation and distribution has recently been criminalised.