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Rules to separate adult magazines not followed

Date Posted: 2002-05-03

According to Okinawa prefectural ordinance, all video and book shops that sell adult materials, should have those products on display in a separate area that is off limits to minors under 18. The Prefecture Education Board recently conducted a 2-month long comprehensive survey of the stores. A force of more than 500 officials conducted the survey visiting the shops without advance warning. The results of the survey were published on April 25.

The survey shows that of 544 bookstores that sold adult magazines, only 60 percent had set up an ?adults-only? area for them. The 24-hour convenience stores were the worst as none of them separated the adult magazines from the rest of the store. Most cited the shop?s small size as the reason when questioned.

Video shops turned out with much better record. Of the 124 shops surveyed, 93 percent had adult videos and DVDs for rent or sale, and all of them had a separate area for them. The survey also covered karaoke houses. According to prefectural rules they are not allowed to let minors under 18 to enter after midnight, but only 84 percent had a sign stating the rule. Officials say most of minors staying out late, spend their time in or outside 24-hour convenience stores and parks.

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