Lolicon and its contribution to the controversy regarding the regulation of pornography depicting minors has been a major issue concerning free speech both inside and outside Japan.Shunga or pornographic wood-block pictures were printed with all imaginable situations.It is rumored, but not supported, that VHS became popular over Betamax format because large numbers of A/V were released in VHS format. Playing games on personal computers with no limitation on content except for censorship laws was sometimes viewed as being synonymous with playing bishōjo games, because so few Japanese people saw any reason to play video games on these platforms, as opposed to video game consoles. It is estimated that about half of this market consists of pornography.Copyright problems plague the market, yet the dōjinshi market was a common place for one to start before making a debut in a professional magazine. According to John Carr, a United Kingdom government adviser on Internet safety policy for children, two-thirds of all pedophilic images on the Internet in the late 1990s may have originated in Japan.The gods and goddesses of Shinto are not repositories of morality or perfection; instead, they exist within nature and thus, sexuality is an innate part of life itself.Therefore, religious attitudes are no obstacle to the presence of pornographic material in Japan's society, nor is pornography blasphemous in any way, not even when it depicts religious persons (mostly shrine maidens) or mythological beings.
Bukkake, gokkun, omorashi, and tentacle erotica are a few uniquely Japanese genres known to western viewers.
In addition to pornographic videos and magazines featuring live actors, there are categories of pornographic manga (within Japanese comics), pornographic computer games (for both PC and game consoles), and pornographic anime (animated depictions of sexual activity).
By Japanese law, any lawfully produced pornography must censor the genitals of actors and actresses and up until the mid-1990s so was the depiction of pubic hair.
Anuses are only censored at contact or penetration.
This type of censoring also extends to comics, video games, and anime made for adults.