As the sole film regulating body in Japan, EIRIN strongly believes that the film classification system and the voluntary rating procedure represent the best approach and structure. The following 4 categories have been introduced since May 1, 1998, particularly to secure freedom of expression, to respect human rights and to protect children from early exposure to potentially harmful subjects and expressions.
General, suitable for all ages
Parental guidance requested for young people under 12 years
for persons aged 15 and above only (No one under 15 admitted)
for persons aged 18 and above only (No one under 18 admitted)
Films are classified according to the treatment and impact of the eight main classifiable elements of public concern, specifically theme, language, sex, nudity, violence & cruelty, horror & menace, drug use, and criminal behavior. Classification also depends on the context. It is illegal to show indecent images of minors under the age of 18, and to show a work that is obscene. Real explicit sex and detailed exposure of sexual organs are not allowed, nor is pornography.
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