Revised Blog 5: No Japanese Animation!!


China should take some actions to regulate Japanese animations. Japanese cartoons are definitely one of the most celebrated Japanese symbols. It has magical power can make millions of people addicted. “It is not a coincidence that Japanese animation has become a leading force in the cartoon industry. Relying on a meticulous approach, superb skills and colorful subject matter, it controls two-thirds of the global market. In the world’s 300 billion Japanese Yen (US$3.6 billion) cartoon market, Japan accounts for 65 percent, according to a statistics of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea.”

In China, countless teenagers are crazy about various Japanese animations. Even some adults are waiting the new series eagerly per week. Actually, many of my friends cannot live without watching Japanese animations and they persuade me joining in since watching Japanese animations can gain lots of spiritual strength as for their considerations. However, as for the benefits of developments of Chinese teenagers, China should provide appropriate regulations for Japanese animations.

Overwhelming injections of foreign cultures lead people overlook their own treasures. Japanese animations do not only show those fancy pictures, attractive plots, and interesting lines but profound cultural influence from Japan. Different kinds of stories presents the belief of Japanese in every aspects. Japanese language, food, costume, and ritual are transmitted from those animations to Chinese teenagers’ minds. I am not telling that learning foreign cultures is harmful. In fact, proper acknowledge of other cultures helps teenagers deeply. But many Chinese students do not know Chinese history but are familiar about Japanese cultures. What’s worse is many Japanese animations delivers negative influence to young people.

There are lots of unhealthy items in Japanese animations for teenagers and children. “China’s animation market is dominated by imported content, especially Japanese products. Classic manga series like “One Piece” have fostered a large group of followers. Earlier series like the basketball-themed “Slam Dunk” are part of the collective memory of many Chinese born in the 1980s. Japanese video content often show revealing scenes of violence and sex.” Children and teenagers are living in an age that can be influenced easily. They are in a period of setting up valid values. Overwhelming violence and pornographic contents can be even more harmful than hard drugs. If Chinese government did not build limit for Japanese animations, Chinese teenagers and children can be misled deeply.

Another significant issue is China should be aware of culture invasion. Nowadays, cold arms are laid down apparently. Nevertheless, the war of information, finance, economy, and culture never stop. Culture war is so cruel that if a country is imperialized by the other one, the teenagers will admire the foreign cultures then this nation will lose the ability of critical thinking and acknowledge of domestic culture. Surely, I do not advocate seclusion for China but a country should be a global one only after being a national one first. What Japanese animations famous of is just the Japanese characteristics. While regulating Japanese animations, China urgently demands producing own cultural strength in the world.


6 thoughts on “Revised Blog 5: No Japanese Animation!!

  1. Curtis Simeral

    Do you want these regulations to apply to all Japanese cartoons or just those that have large amounts of violence and sexual innuendo? Wouldn’t an alternate way to regulate these things be to institute a rating system similar to how American movies are rated? With certain things making it rated so as to be inappropriate to young people? It’s hard to ban cultural references because the repercussions could be a ban on those countries instituting bans or some kind of blow back from the population that is already dealing with a large amount of state imposed censure.

  2. Thomas Wen

    Regulation on what people can and cannot watch is too much government intervention. Although I’ve never seen these cartoons, if they’re inappropriate for some age groups, they should have a ratings so parents can regulate them. We live in a world that’s making strides forward, this would take China one step back.

  3. Jordan Anderson

    I don’t know how I feel about regulating the influx of Japanese comics into China. Nationalism is becoming, in my opinion, much more of an irrelevant thing and will hopefully die out over time. Banning Japanese comics doesn’t seem like it would resolve the issue of pornographic or violent material because if that is what attracts an audience another group would fill that void. A rating system like suggested above could be much more effective.

  4. Jaewon Lee

    Influx of Japanese comics into China only works when Chinese are willing to bring them in. This also means that Chinese like Japanese cartoons. Unless there are significantly negative factors from Japanese comics, country has no right to regulate such things.

  5. Chang Tian

    As you mentioned the huge impact Japanese animation had had on Chinese teenagers, what do you think of the enormous market of American show, Korean dramas and western R&B music that Chinese teenagers are interested in? Similarly in this way, do you think it is necessary to have regulations on these areas as well?

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