Japan ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1985 and was last examined on its report in 2003 by the CEDAW Committee, which reviews government compliance with CEDAW. While in its report the Japanese government recognized that “violence from husbands or partners, sexual crimes, prostitution, sexual harassment and stalking behaviour are grave violations of women’s human rights” the CEDAW Committee expressed concern that Japanese law characterized stalking as “acts to ‘satisfy love or other favourable feelings towards the person,’ or to ‘work off grudges resulting from the failure to satisfy these feelings.’” Such characterizations are rampant in hentai, which include a successful Japanese comic book series called Rape Man, portraying a male teacher who transforms into “superhero” Rape Man by night, raping women in order to settle grudges or “teach them a lesson” for jilting their lovers.
以下にその原文とその邦訳を挙げる。 26.Ms. Morvai commended Japan’s report for having acknowledged, on page 24, that “violence from husbands or partners, sexual crimes, prostitution, sexual harassment and stalking behaviour are grave violations of women’s human rights ...”. She urged the Government of Japan to recognize that, globally and historically, women had been treated as less than human beings, as was the case with Japan’s comfort women. She challenged the report’s characterization of stalking, on page 25, as “acts to ‘satisfy love or other favourable feelings towards the person’, or to ‘work off grudges resulting from the failure to satisfy these feelings’,” and said that stalking was a matter of power and control. The police should not act as victims counsellors, which was incompatible with their role. Lastly, she would appreciate further information on when and how prosecutors initiated proceedings for violent crimes.