Lolicon is growing in popularity in Japan. A recent survey showed that 1 in 3 Japanese men finds the fetish appealing. Models as young as 10 and 11 are posing in magazines devoted to nothing but underage models. Idols who are still in Elementary School are appearing scantily clad in bathing suits and underwear for DVDs that are then sold in sex shops. Toys featuring anime toddlers using the bathroom, bathing, changing or in other compromising poses are available in machines on child-eye-level in Akihabara and in DenDen Town.
The "moe" genre is often called "lolicon-lite". Though moe enthusiasts often insiste that their interest run only toward animated girls and that moe is, at it's core, a genre that revels in innocence. They insist that their feelings toward younger characters are protective, big-brotherly...
There are even "little sister" cafes starting up... in which you're not greeted with "welcome home, master" but "hey, big brother!"
hmmmm... seems skeevy.
But at the same time, I've known dozens of hardcore Japanese otaku who are into these fetish groups but would NEVER dream of touching a real child.
Is Japan's cultural lolita complex getting out of hand? What does this mean for Japan's future? What does this mean for it's children? Do men who look at underage models or fantasize about sexual or romantic relationships with elementary school students pose a risk to REAL children? Should something be done legally to reign in the trend?
YouTube - Japanese "lolita complex" boom