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The Art of Censorship in Postwar Japan$
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Kirsten Cather

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835873

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835873.001.0001

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Dirt for Money’s Sake

Dirt for Money’s Sake

The Nikkatsu Roman Porn Trial (1972–1980)

(p.116) Chapter 4 Dirt for Money’s Sake
The Art of Censorship in Postwar Japan

Kirsten Cather

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the censorship trial of Nikkatsu Roman Porn, a Japanese porn film industry ran by the Nikkatsu studio. It particularly examines the predicaments of the defendants: three directors, three Eirin inspectors, and three film studio executives. Each group of defendants retained its own legal counsel, and one of the directors appointed his own, resulting in an unwieldy total of four lawyers representing nine defendants. To make matters worse, one of these defense lawyers was appointed by the Nikkatsu labor union, which lurked in the background of the trial as a not-so-silent player and aligned itself with the state prosecutor as well as with the Japanese Communist Party. The defendants were charged under article 175 for “making male and female actors enact poses of sexual intercourse, raping women, girl-girl sex play” accompanied by frank facial expressions, vocalizations, and the like.

Keywords:   Nikkatsu Roman Porn, Nikkatsu studio, Japanese porn film, porn film industry, Japanese Communist Party

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