LONDON, England — Amnesty International has announced today that they will be partnering with the International Olympic Committee to launch an in-depth probe into Japan’s manga industry, citing concerning trends of human trafficking, minimum wage exploitation and various other labor abuses occurring within the sector.
After years of constant criticism regarding their treatment of workers and numerous calls for investigations into extensive corruption following Qatar’s successful campaign to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Qatari government petitioned the multinational organization to investigate similar labor abuses in other countries that will be hosting major international sporting events in the near future.
Tom Mackey, Press Secretary for Amnesty’s East Asia branch released a statement today announcing the probe, referring to manga author (mangaka) abuse as a “hidden scourge” within the country, and Japan’s economy having been built upon “a foundation of bloody screen tones”
The working conditions for mangaka has been a growing phenomenon in recent years, with growing community unrest resulting from notable authors, such as Kentaro Miura of Berserk and Yoshihiro Togashi of Hunter x Hunter, taking extensive hiatuses due to stress and burnout.
“It’s all a set up, they’ve got nothing else to talk about so they’re going after us,” Eiichiro Oda, author of One Piece, told Anime Maru from his penthouse apartment in Roppongi Hills. “If there’s a problem at all, it’s due to authors not having the chutzpah to pump out a detailed, quality chapter each week.”
“The folks over at Shonen Jump are nothing but supportive. Kids today are only in it for the money,” Oda continued, blowing his nose with a crisp 10,000 yen bill.
Although Oda refused to comment on the high turn over rate of his own staff, he did suggest we instead put Qatar back under the microscope and examine there extensive history of human rights violations, predominantly the glaring lack of maid and manga cafes.
“They’re the real criminals,” Oda added.