Sony Japan President: New Censorship Policies on Sexual Themes are to “Meet Global Standards”

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Following weeks of silence on the new worldwide policy restricting certain sexual themes on PlayStation consoles, Sony has finally publicly commented on the matter.

During a fan-focused event in Japan, fans could ask key staff various questions. A fan asked SIE Japan Asia President Atsushi Morita what’s going on with their new policy on sexual themes in games, and how they could balance freedom of expression and non-kid friendly games.

“About the censorship, we tried to meet global standards,” Morita said. “Regarding the balance of the freedom of expression and safety for children, it’s a tough problem to deal with.”

It’s worth noting the reports of Morita’s comments are being published in various popular Japanese fan websites like Ebitsu and 5ch. An official reporter wasn’t there, but we’ve reached out to Sony for a comment or clarification on the matter.

This new policy from Sony is very real and has been affecting mostly only Japanese games, both internationally and within Japan.

Publisher PQube canceled the western release for Omega Labyrinth Z, and Marvelous to remove a reoccurring feature in Senran Kagura Re:Newal. Most recently, Marvelous boss Kenichiro Takaki noted the policies are prolonging their development time, as they’re trying to work with them.

How do you guys feel about the new policies, and Morita’s comments? Sound off in the comments below!

Brandon Orselli

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