According to this page (and also newnews2ch.com), It looks like on the 26th of April, a new document has been released detailing the new child pornography laws. The kind of restrictions stated on this document is just scary. It says if you are in possession of, not just child pornography, but any clothed pictures or media of a child that is portrayed in such a way as to sexually arouse the viewer, MEANS the possessor will face either a maximum of one year in prison, or a 1,000,000 yen fine!
But the most problematic area of the document is that, in 3 years time, it says it promises to implement restrictions regarding the creation of ero– fictional works portraying characters that appear underaged!
EDIT: the way I understand 制作自粛 is, is it self-regulation in authored works?
Anime director taiki_nishimura says that any character that is obviously junior school kid, UP TO characters that are clad in SCHOOL UNIFORM (implying a school student), are going to be placed under scrutiny for ero-anime. It says starting from April, a number of ero-anime makers creating such works must refrain. For the time being, the industry is to self-regulate. Whatever that means. Basically anything that appears child-pornographic-like to an overseas buyer has to be self-regulated until it does not. So the ‘we look like middle school kids but we’re actually 18!’ trick, won’t work anymore, not in the coming years, not unless these rules are majorly scaled back. (by the way it only mentions ero-anime and ero-manga, but I assume ero-ge is also implied)
I couldn’t pick up the exact meaning of these sentences so if someone can correct them or point to a more accurate translation, then Please.
What I know is that the battle for freedom of expression rages on in Japan, as it has been raging for the past one/two decades, it’s very active from ever since I first learnt of it.