NEWS WATCH: Rurouni Kenshin Creator Avoids Jail Time For Child Porn

According to a report translated by SoraNews, Nobuhiro Watsuki, creator of the Rurouni Kenshin series, will not be facing jail time as per the Tokyo Summary Court.

Watsuki was arrested late last year for possession of child pornography. Under Japan’s Child Prostitution and Child Pornography Law, possession of material depicting minors naked or engaged in sexual activity results in up to one-year imprisonment or a fine of One Million Yen (around $9000). The statute exempts fictional minors depicted in anime, manga, and CGI.

On Feb 27th, the Tokyo Summary Court has sentenced Watsuki to only pay a fine of 200,000 yen (around $1900).

Japanese publisher Shueisha, who serialized the Rurouni Kenshin manga in Shonen Jump, has suspended the release of the ongoing sequel manga, while TV broadcasts of the Ruruoni Kenshin live-action movies are canceled in Japan, altogether.


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