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Japanese Media Practices Self-Restraint Amid Hostage Crisis

by tsubasalover
Feb 1, 2015 5:33 AM | 71 Comments
Fuji TV has delayed the broadcast of episode 3 of Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (TV), originally scheduled to air on January 24th, to January 31st. FUNimation Entertainment, the North American licensor of the series, also delayed its stream of the episode by one week.

Producers of Tantei Kageki Milky Holmes TD also delayed the broadcast of episode 5, titled "Carol's Ransom." All seven TV stations broadcasting the series instead aired a rerun of episode 1. A new airing date has not yet been announced.

Episode 16 of World Trigger did not air as scheduled in selected areas on February 1st due to interruption by a news program. A new airing date has not yet been announced.

Rock band Ling Tosite Sigure also revised the lyrics of its song "Who What Who What," the theme song of Psycho-Pass Movie, for a TV performance to remove references of "knife" and "blood."

The Associated Press reports that the Japanese media is practicing self-restraint from alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese citizens in Syria. According to the report, Japanese society "holds consideration for others in high esteem," thus jishuku (self-control) is done in order for broadcasters to not be seen as insensitive. The report also notes that restraint has been relatively mild so far.

Source: Associated Press, FUNimation, World Trigger Twitter

News submitted by arsonal

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LastChapter said:
And here's America, where we released The Interview because Obama said so.


And because it was hilarious.

Feb 18, 2015 11:56 AM by ChairForceOne

Valkee said:
Isis why are you even doing this. We can all love each other! Koi!


ISIS isn't doing this though. ISIS is just doing their horrible bullshit but how people react is up to the people and it seems in Japan they react like idiots.
Seriously. What does not showing a knife in a show or removing the words "knife" and "blood" from a song gonna help? For fuck sake stop acting like nanny state idiots Japanese and grow some balls. Just because a bunch of morons cut people heads it doesn't mean suddenly we can't use knifes. What next? Restaurants removing knifes from the table?
Fucks sakes i hate this political sentimentality bullshit.
Is nothing but hypocrisy. If you want to do something then do something that actually helps instead of this hypocritical bullshit just so you can pretend you care and you are sensitive.

Feb 18, 2015 11:55 AM by Monad

It may be the case that some sections of the Japanese public - i.e. the everyday citizens - are critical of the events that transpired, but that doesn't really take much away from my comments on how various institutions themselves react to some situations.

A corporation broadcasting to a public works within a different set of responsibilities than the average viewer does (but not a completely different set, though). The viewers or consuming public have more freedom (yes, I choose to not put that word in scare quotes) to express themselves critically, which is how it should be in open societies. However, when you work for a broadcaster, you can't throw a large blanket over the coverage and label it "the Japanese". There are at least two different sets of individuals involved here, one being the citizens and the other being those citizens who work within an industry following formal and informal codes. Those codes can be official broadcasting standards or they can be something less official like rules-of-thumb guiding producers and editors. Broadcasters or pretty much anyone working within some form of licensed mainstream media (e.g. news to entertainment) are in some way or another obliged to follow some code or another. With that in place, networks like the ones airing the anime in question are to some degree restrained in their official press releases, which is why you'll sometimes find someone getting fired from their job (even talent agencies) for making remarks that might reflect badly upon the network itself.

If there is little sympathy for them, then that's coming mostly from the general public, and perhaps even op-eds in various Japanese news agencies. That said, as the news item linked here shows, those networks and individuals who work within the entertainment industry are officially showing restraint, even if they perhaps have different opinions about the situation privately.

Feb 2, 2015 10:35 PM by PleiadesRising

PleiadesRising said:
If this were the USA instead of Japan, would they "make jokes about that on TV"? Well, we just need to look back to post 9/11 America and we'll notice how Cartoon Network didn't take a similar situation too lightly itself.

When they aired Cowboy Bebop, after 9/11, they didn't show "Cowboy Funk" (I think they also didn't show "Waltz for Venus", as well), due to some imagery and content, e.g. buildings being targeted and aircraft being hijacked. Even when it came to issues that did not deal with some level of political violence, Cartoon Network showed similar restraint: they didn't air "Wild Horses" after the Columbia shuttle explosion, which was featured prominently in that episode.

These are pretty much network decisions, where they make a judgment call on when to self-censor their programming. However, we need to be clear here on that term "censoring", which often invites hasty responses directed at governmental controls. The kind of censorship here is less official government censoring and more broadcasting standards type censoring. You'll even see this kind of stuff in news agencies where they have self-imposed codes of conduct to work with in addition to their editorial decision-making on what to release and what to hold back. (In the US, there's the code of ethics crafted by the Society of Professional Journalists, while in Canada you have the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council with their own code of ethics.) Hence, you won't find un-cut beheadings on any major North American news agency. Their codes of conduct or editorial judgments rule those out.

Basically, it isn't ISIS forcing the decisions or even a government, but the networks and individuals themselves. They're not merely making their decisions based entirely on sensitivity, but also in regard to their own ethical codes. And it seems that their own intuitive judgments say broadcasting or publishing something in that immediate context isn't the right thing to do in their society. In sum, it's self-censoring being informed by an ethical code (official or personal).


Only one problem though, the Japanese aren't being sensitive but critical of the executed hostages unlike 9/11, they blame them for the trouble they caused to Japan. There is very little sympathy for them from the citizens.

Feb 2, 2015 3:48 PM by Hoppy

Well Even idk how ISIS spelled :D But i have good story of myself
Believe it or not,or think about new season of monogatari :D

In 2 week ,my family will try escape to Turkey,Istanbul.My father saving money for 1 year.Also they waited to my graduate from High school.My father has good hopes.But think about my school life already over.I cant go university or collage.Also same for my little brothers.In my dreams all i see bus,mirror,darkness,mouse,dog,snake and earthquake.(in our believe they are really bad things to see and we believe them).
I wont talk about my dreams in my family,dont wanna break my father's hope.And i dont have hope fot it.Still i believe i have happy life because i think i have a part of Ottoman Empire.Probably ur teachers teach that "Ottoman is bad guy". End of monogatari .Mb i explained very tragady way :D or mb i should say sayanora! nani sore D:!

Feb 2, 2015 3:30 PM by forverersr3

forverersr3 said:
Ha ha ha
First of all sorry for my bad english

I singed in just for write some comment for this news

I live in Syria. All your country's media enterpises filtering news.Just telling lie.
In Syria ISIS a terrorism.His existence for Israel.for Isreal's safe.SO no one going to destroy or fight them.If someone wants to save us,they already did this.But no one care us.ISIS killed my 2 relative when they tried to escape to Turkey.Of course ISIS not a muslim.But they says "We are muslim" and make a huge muslim-fobi arround the world.USA,Israel and ISIS working together for eliminate Palantine.Everyday 100+ people killed there.SO NO ONE TRY STOP THIS.
Lastly i heard this 2 japan media personal died in traffic ancient in Turkey.Even i think ISIS kill them.Dont trust media enterpises,do ur search


What u said. remembered me of a comment i saw awhile on YouTube .

Someone living in middle East mentioned that Isis = Israeli secret intelligent service

Feb 2, 2015 2:58 PM by AllenVonStein

Ha ha ha
First of all sorry for my bad english

I singed in just for write some comment for this news

I live in Syria. All your country's media enterpises filtering news.Just telling lie.
In Syria ISIS a terrorism.His existence for Israel.for Isreal's safe.SO no one going to destroy or fight them.If someone wants to save us,they already did this.But no one care us.ISIS killed my 2 relative when they tried to escape to Turkey.Of course ISIS not a muslim.But they says "We are muslim" and make a huge muslim-fobi arround the world.USA,Israel and ISIS working together for eliminate Palantine.Everyday 100+ people killed there.SO NO ONE TRY STOP THIS.
Lastly i heard this 2 japan media personal died in traffic ancient in Turkey.Even i think ISIS kill them.Dont trust media enterpises,do ur search

Feb 2, 2015 2:35 PM by forverersr3

That's really unfortunate. Hopefully, the crisis will get resolved soon.

Feb 2, 2015 6:52 AM by Vongole

PleiadesRising said:
If this were the USA instead of Japan, would they "make jokes about that on TV"? Well, we just need to look back to post 9/11 America and we'll notice how Cartoon Network didn't take a similar situation too lightly itself.

When they aired Cowboy Bebop, after 9/11, they didn't show "Cowboy Funk" (I think they also didn't show "Waltz for Venus", as well), due to some imagery and content, e.g. buildings being targeted and aircraft being hijacked. Even when it came to issues that did not deal with some level of political violence, Cartoon Network showed similar restraint: they didn't air "Wild Horses" after the Columbia shuttle explosion, which was featured prominently in that episode.

These are pretty much network decisions, where they make a judgment call on when to self-censor their programming. However, we need to be clear here on that term "censoring", which often invites hasty responses directed at governmental controls. The kind of censorship here is less official government censoring and more broadcasting standards type censoring. You'll even see this kind of stuff in news agencies where they have self-imposed codes of conduct to work with in addition to their editorial decision-making on what to release and what to hold back. (In the US, there's the code of ethics crafted by the Society of Professional Journalists, while in Canada you have the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council with their own code of ethics.) Hence, you won't find un-cut beheadings on any major North American news agency. Their codes of conduct or editorial judgments rule those out.

Basically, it isn't ISIS forcing the decisions or even a government, but the networks and individuals themselves. They're not merely making their decisions based entirely on sensitivity, but also in regard to their own ethical codes. And it seems that their own intuitive judgments say broadcasting or publishing something in that immediate context isn't the right thing to do in their society. In sum, it's self-censoring being informed by an ethical code (official or personal).


+1

Feb 2, 2015 4:15 AM by Agafin

PleiadesRising said:
If this were the USA instead of Japan, would they "make jokes about that on TV"? Well, we just need to look back to post 9/11 America and we'll notice how Cartoon Network didn't take a similar situation too lightly itself.

When they aired Cowboy Bebop, after 9/11, they didn't show "Cowboy Funk" (I think they also didn't show "Waltz for Venus", as well), due to some imagery and content, e.g. buildings being targeted and aircraft being hijacked. Even when it came to issues that did not deal with some level of political violence, Cartoon Network showed similar restraint: they didn't air "Wild Horses" after the Columbia shuttle explosion, which was featured prominently in that episode.

These are pretty much network decisions, where they make a judgment call on when to self-censor their programming. However, we need to be clear here on that term "censoring", which often invites hasty responses directed at governmental controls. The kind of censorship here is less official government censoring and more broadcasting standards type censoring. You'll even see this kind of stuff in news agencies where they have self-imposed codes of conduct to work with in addition to their editorial decision-making on what to release and what to hold back. (In the US, there's the code of ethics crafted by the Society of Professional Journalists, while in Canada you have the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council with their own code of ethics.) Hence, you won't find un-cut beheadings on any major North American news agency. Their codes of conduct or editorial judgments rule those out.

Basically, it isn't ISIS forcing the decisions or even a government, but the networks and individuals themselves. They're not merely making their decisions based entirely on sensitivity, but also in regard to their own ethical codes. And it seems that their own intuitive judgments say broadcasting or publishing something in that immediate context isn't the right thing to do in their society. In sum, it's self-censoring being informed by an ethical code (official or personal).


This is a good response to sum up general media restrictions in the modern world.

Feb 2, 2015 2:53 AM by VTOtaku

This is way too sad... it's a rotten world we live in...

Rest in Peace Kenji.

Feb 1, 2015 11:44 PM by Sonata

If this were the USA instead of Japan, would they "make jokes about that on TV"? Well, we just need to look back to post 9/11 America and we'll notice how Cartoon Network didn't take a similar situation too lightly itself.

When they aired Cowboy Bebop, after 9/11, they didn't show "Cowboy Funk" (I think they also didn't show "Waltz for Venus", as well), due to some imagery and content, e.g. buildings being targeted and aircraft being hijacked. Even when it came to issues that did not deal with some level of political violence, Cartoon Network showed similar restraint: they didn't air "Wild Horses" after the Columbia shuttle explosion, which was featured prominently in that episode.

These are pretty much network decisions, where they make a judgment call on when to self-censor their programming. However, we need to be clear here on that term "censoring", which often invites hasty responses directed at governmental controls. The kind of censorship here is less official government censoring and more broadcasting standards type censoring. You'll even see this kind of stuff in news agencies where they have self-imposed codes of conduct to work with in addition to their editorial decision-making on what to release and what to hold back. (In the US, there's the code of ethics crafted by the Society of Professional Journalists, while in Canada you have the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council with their own code of ethics.) Hence, you won't find un-cut beheadings on any major North American news agency. Their codes of conduct or editorial judgments rule those out.

Basically, it isn't ISIS forcing the decisions or even a government, but the networks and individuals themselves. They're not merely making their decisions based entirely on sensitivity, but also in regard to their own ethical codes. And it seems that their own intuitive judgments say broadcasting or publishing something in that immediate context isn't the right thing to do in their society. In sum, it's self-censoring being informed by an ethical code (official or personal).

Feb 1, 2015 11:36 PM by PleiadesRising

Dont you dare collect all the 7 dragon balls or Shenron will wake up..

Feb 1, 2015 10:39 PM by Dark_Messiah

ISIS can go and Fuck themselves

Feb 1, 2015 9:28 PM by SizzlingTear2

OMG

Feb 1, 2015 9:00 PM by AnimeFan500

Damn, I hope they solve the problem.

Feb 1, 2015 7:05 PM by Mayuka

Except the subject matter in the anime has nothing to do with ISIS at all so censoring it is quaint. And the memes are disrespectful as shit, I don't comprehend how they're an attempt at "fighting back"

Feb 1, 2015 5:52 PM by PeenusWeenusCaim

Man, that sucks. Is that really necessary to apply the censoring after that one kind of event?
BTW, will any others programs would be concerned or just anime?

Feb 1, 2015 5:31 PM by ghoullovesharem

that damm isis mess up my plan of watching anime on the weekend

Feb 1, 2015 4:43 PM by crazymonkey00

Feb 1, 2015 4:26 PM by OppaiSugoi

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