While that headline could be taken two ways, it appears that Japan is not quite the land of anything goes that we thought it was, as Kyoto police are giving so called “lolicon” manga greater scrutiny:
An official of the Kyoto police juvenile section said, “Intercourse involving children under 13 is in violation of the criminal law. Lolicon manga may stimulate similar crimes in the real world, so we can’t leave this situation unattended. We are going to warn the parents through these labels. This is not a restriction of the “freedom of press” since the act of labeling is not banning the publication of the books itself.”
As you can see, the Japanese reaction is not to ban the material but to label it, which may still strike many as odd.
Both links via Dirk.