Japan Ends Incest Taboo in Attempt to Reduce its Prevalence in Anime

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe engaging in awkward flirtation and sexual innuendo with little sister Keiko

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe engaging in awkward flirtation and sexual innuendo with little sister Keiko

TOKYO – The Japanese government announced an official end to the country’s taboo on sibling incest in an attempt to make the topic less common in anime and manga.

Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga explained that taboo topics are often common in fiction, and therefore perhaps lifting the taboo would make them less illicit and less appealing subject matter as a result. “Nobody cares about socially acceptable practices and things that can really happen,” Suga told reporters. “Only the naughty subjects interest kids these days. And so, if we make sibling incest a milquetoast behavior, perhaps we will see less anime and manga deal with the topic. In fact, I started dating my sister last week, and I’m a 65-year-old straight-laced politician! Can’t get any less edgy than that.”

Suga also said that this move will be used as a pilot for similar future moves. “If this is successful we could use the technique to combat all sorts of common tropes. For instance, the Japanese Self Defense Force is already considering permitting children as young as 12 operate tanks and jets in order to combat common mecha anime tropes.”

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