An open letter to Amazon Japan: Stop selling child pornography

Dear Amazon Japan:

I have spent literally thousands of dollars on Amazon web sites during the past few years, mostly for my language education research in Japan. I even have a book being sold (Language Learning Motivation in Japan) and have generally been very pleased with your service.

Until now.

It has come to my attention that Amazon Japan is selling child pornography, in the form of “candy doll collection” photo books of scantily-clad young children in provocative clothing.

There have been a number of child molestation, rape, and murder cases in recent years, with the most recent being the murder and dismemberment of a 6 year old child in Kobe in September 2014. Child predators in Japan abducted over 90 children under the age 12 last year. How many were buying your sick products?

The sale of third-party vendor child pornographic products through Amazon Japan may not necessarily be against Japanese law (although they should be and the law should be changed). However, it is immoral and unethical. The sale of such products aids and abets child predatory behavior, and Amazon has no business encouraging such products.

Until Amazon Japan removes “candy doll collection” products from its web site, I will not buy any products at any Amazon web sites. I have asked my publisher to stop selling our book on Amazon web sites, and I have helped to organize a boycott of Amazon Japan with those of who have children, who teach children, and who wish to prevent children from falling victim to child predators who buy such products.

Amazon should be aware that media has been contacted (Japan Times, Quartz, Atlantic, Bloomberg) and that articles about these products and Amazon’s lack of response to complaints about these products will shortly be known to anybody with a smartphone, anywhere in the world.

Remove these products. Now. And then apologize to the Japanese public for encouraging child predators to prey on their children.

Yours sincerely,

Someone who used to like your products but refuses to do so…and encourages others to likewise boycott Amazon.

About MThomas

Long ago, I gave up my high school dreams of becoming the next Carl Sagan and instead wound up working (in order) at McDonald's, a '60s-themed restaurant, a video rental store, a used bookstore, a computer seller, Kinko's, a Jewish newspaper company, and an HR firm. I eventually became a teacher of intercultural communication in Kyoto, where I vainly attempt to apply quantum mechanics to language teaching, practice martial arts and Zen Buddhism, and always keep one eye on the sky. And yes, I know my profile photo's backward. I just think it looks better this way.
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10 Responses to An open letter to Amazon Japan: Stop selling child pornography

  1. Tokyo Mommy says:

    Tsutaya and Yes Asia are also selling these…


  2. joh says:

    I’ve sent a complaint to amazon japan. But just one thing “lolly-kon” is the abbreviated form of Lolita complex. As in the Russian novel about the underage girl. Not lolly as in candy


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  4. R Turner says:

    Please use to get much wider audience for your fight.


  5. R Turner says:

    Sorry, obviously you do read, speak and write Japanese. It’s a generic post that I use when contacting people involved in the fight against (Or when making –trying to make!– media outlets aware of these issues) child / rape pornography, imagery that depicts violence against women.


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