Erotic video games are common in Japan, but a shocking and offensive video game called “Rapelay” in which the player’s avatar rapes women, has caused games depicting rape to be officially banned in Japan.


Rapelay was released legally three years ago, but outrage from Western politicians migrated across the Pacific. Soon, Japanese politicians were pointing to Rapelay and popular comics and pornography featuring rape as the cause of a rise in violence in Japan.


Japanese television station TBS reported falsely last week that these games would be banned. After confusion and controversy over the report, the 200-member Ethics Organization of Computer Services held an emergency meeting to ban rape-type games this week.

The decision did not come from politicians, but rather from self-imposed industry restrictions. The ethics organization will work with erotic game companies to determine the specifics of these regulations.


Rachel is a writer and tutor living in Virginia. She loves learning about other cultures and thinks we’re all a little wacky.