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[Topic Suspended] Local TV Channel in Tokyo Considers Limiting Anime

by dtshyk
Jan 30, 2011 10:49 PM | 67 Comments
News topic suspended!
Tokyo MX announced in the official twitter that the article of Weekly Gendai magazine was a fabrication. They have made strong protests against the magazine. Tokyo MX stated that they have not changed their programming policy in regard to anime. Tokyo MX reassured fans that they regard anime as important and will continue being a friendly broadcasting company to anime fans.

Source: Tokyo MX official twitter

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According to Weekly Gendai magazine, one of the executives of Tokyo Metropolitan Television (Tokyo MX) said they are considering self-restraint in airing anime with sexual contents. The executive said they cannot ignore the anime and manga regulation ordinance because 4.1% of the stocks of Tokyo MX are held by Tokyo Metropolitan government. Tokyo MX has been popular among young job applicants because they air many core-fan targeted anime. However, Tokyo MX considers rejecting job applicants who like anime reflecting the expected situation caused by the ordinance. "We cannot put a warning 'No Anime Fans Allowed' in the guidelines for applicants. So we are thinking of asking the job applicants 'Where do you take your foreign friend for a sightseeing?' If they answer 'Akihabara', we will kick them out.", the executive said.

Note: In Japan, some anime are aired only on local TV channels because the airing fees of the nationwide channels are expensive. Even if Tokyo MX stops airing anime, residents in Tokyo can watch anime broadcast by the nearby local channels such as TV Kanagawa, TV Saitama and Chiba TV.

Source: Scan of Gendai

Updated on February 1st
Tokyo MX denied the article of Weekly Gendai and stated that "We don't judge the job applicants by their liking for anime. Please apply to our company without hesitation."

Source: Tokyo MX official blog

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aswani said:
Akihabara you say... I think you'd have to be crazy or very naive to answer questions during a job interview honestly.


i strongly agree! hehe...

Feb 1, 2011 1:38 AM by chris-yang

Akihabara you say... I think you'd have to be crazy or very naive to answer questions during a job interview honestly.

Feb 1, 2011 1:28 AM by aswani

dtshyk said:

Updated on February 1st
Tokyo MX denied the article of Weekly Gendai and stated that "We don't judge the job applicants by their liking for anime. Please apply to our company without hesitation."

Source: Tokyo MX official blog


lol where is the like button?

Feb 1, 2011 12:13 AM by isekai

oh wow discrimanate much? they need to be boycot aswell

Jan 31, 2011 11:19 PM by Corpse69

"We don't judge the job applicants by their liking for anime. Please apply to our company without hesitation."

Don't mind if I do.

Jan 31, 2011 9:24 PM by PseudoJord

Ginga-Bishoujo said:
Japan is going MAD.
You think so too?

Jan 31, 2011 8:47 PM by Cashdax

what is the need to restrint erotc manga since they will trading them for onsen drama novel?

Jan 31, 2011 8:33 PM by Shunan

American wannabe NEET and otakus don'T know shit about how a real japanese otaku and/or NEET can be depressingly wrong.

While I agree that there should be some regulation, this isn'T the right way to do it especially since they are packing the 'anime watcher' with the whole plain sickening otaku together.

Japan is going MAD.

Jan 31, 2011 8:12 PM by Shangetsu

this is kinda weird, if they are denying otaku/NEET's/watever a job, won't that be counter-productive? becuz their actually going out of their way to find a job in the first place.
and besides, do u want ur job applicants to lie to u? if their downrite telling u they like anime/manga's than atleast their truthful than som random guy saying he likes *insert w/e is high class in japan* and lying about it.
well jus my opinion, i've always wanted to go to cosplay places, and buy som cool items, atleast once.

Jan 31, 2011 7:12 PM by supermegasonic

CottonCandyLover said:
kalamity said:
Oh of course I know that. I was just saying that denying a NEET a job just because he/she so happens to like anime or gal games or eroge or otome games is discrimination. It's wrong to deny someone a job just because you assume they are unproductive due to their hobby.
you're missing the point here, it's ok to like these things but if you're telling the employer that you play porn games/watch w/e shit anime they're playing these days/spend your free time as a professional manga cow then you're an idiot, honestly. now i know this is the land of the rising sun and i'm sitting here on the other side of the pacific, but i don't think custom and cultural barriers are so different that writing "i enjoy spending my free time playing eroges" in japan would be any more beneficial than in america.


Writing it in your CV/resume is a TOTALLY different thing than the interviewer SPECIFICALLY asking you about these topics. Omitting it it is not the same as this being asked in the interview.

Obviously, you don't write these stuffs in your CV unless they are beneficial to your job application. Everyone knows that. However, imagine at an interview, the interviewer ask you specifically: "do you ever watch anime?" Would you lie? It's the same if the employer ask you "Did you ever read or watch porn?". What kind of asshole question is that? The issue is: "It's not their business at all unless it severely compromises your efficiency at the applied job."

It's the same as asking the applicant "Are you Jewish? Because we don't hire Jews here." It doesn't make ANY sense and has nothing to do with whether you put this on your CV or not. Also, hobbies like anime and stuffs don't matter in certain type of jobs or if you have a readily-built experience....

Jan 31, 2011 7:09 PM by wakka9ca

kalamity said:
Oh of course I know that. I was just saying that denying a NEET a job just because he/she so happens to like anime or gal games or eroge or otome games is discrimination. It's wrong to deny someone a job just because you assume they are unproductive due to their hobby.
you're missing the point here, it's ok to like these things but if you're telling the employer that you play porn games/watch w/e shit anime they're playing these days/spend your free time as a professional manga cow then you're an idiot, honestly. now i know this is the land of the rising sun and i'm sitting here on the other side of the pacific, but i don't think custom and cultural barriers are so different that writing "i enjoy spending my free time playing eroges" in japan would be any more beneficial than in america.

Jan 31, 2011 6:28 PM by CottonCandyLover

it's common sense really

Jan 31, 2011 5:17 PM by Kazeshini

The TV station isn't necessarily eliminating all otaku. There are *plenty* of other places in Tokyo that serve as anime hubs. From personal experience, I find Akihabara to be the place to go to if you want eroge or figures of naked anime chicks touching themselves. Really, unless you're into that sort of stuff, it's quite an unpleasant place to visit. I think the station is against that particular type of otaku. If you said you wanted to take your foreign girl friend to Ikebukuro (land of cosplay, doujinshi and BL) they'd probably have no problem with it. Same goes for Nakano (which has a huge anime shopping area minus the BL from Ikebukuro and the smutt found in Akihabara).

As for discrimination, welcome to Japan! I have participated as a judge in a job interviews in Japan. In one interview, the person most fit for the job was a mother with a preschool-aged child. For that reason and that alone, she didn't get the job. Instead it went to someone who couldn't really do the work expected of her. I was invited to judge a couple of other interviews and saw the same thing happen over and over again. In the end, they quite inviting me to be a judge because they didn't like my pushing for who was most fit, rather than who matched the "image."

My point is that if Tokyo MX is claiming to be all for clean anime, then having someone who likes the "nasty" stuff isn't going to match their "image." Of course, I still think it's wrong of them personally. I'm just trying to explain where they're coming from.

Jan 31, 2011 3:30 PM by chichiri-chan

here is the better awnser:
Who gives a **** ***....

Jan 31, 2011 2:48 PM by Captain-Z

dtshyk said:
So we are thinking of asking the job applicants 'Where do you take your foreign friend for a sightseeing?' If they answer 'Akihabara', we will kick them out.", the executive said.



Pahwahahaha
but i would love to visit akihabara

Jan 31, 2011 2:15 PM by Eternal_Shield

I can sympathize with them for not wanting to broadcast animes with sexual content/themes, but I find it hilariously stupid that they're actually resorting to asking a silly question like that to find out whether or not you like anime...

Jan 31, 2011 12:20 PM by Gone__Forever__

dtshyk said:
So we are thinking of asking the job applicants 'Where do you take your foreign friend for a sightseeing?' If they answer 'Akihabara', we will kick them out."


I wonder what they'd say if I said "I am the foreign friend"?

Jan 31, 2011 10:15 AM by uppfinnarn

I knew it. Here it comes!

Jan 31, 2011 10:08 AM by shakeyourpup45

Japanese otaku should just go with the recent trend and start a revolution~ like build an army of robots and take over Tokyo!

oh right, they're Japanese.. never mind then.

Jan 31, 2011 10:03 AM by myth720

BlackSnake56 said:
thanks to anime and manga regulation ordinance.
That has absolutely nothing to do with it. Otaku are outcasts in Japan, that isn't changing anytime soon.

Jan 31, 2011 9:37 AM by outlawauron