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.
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.
Someone who used to like your products but refuses to do so…and encourages others to likewise boycott Amazon.
Tsutaya and Yes Asia are also selling these…
Thank you for bring this to my attention.
I suppose I have my work cut out of me…
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
Since I never made that claim, I assume you’re referring to a mistaken etymology in http://janicamarie.blogspot.jp/2014/10/amazon-japan-not-responding-to.html that alerted us to the Amazon Japan complaints page.
Yes, your etymology is correct. Nabokov’s novel is the origin. Why it became an entirely new word in Japan is a telling statement about the perverted mentality of far too many people, as well as the law’s seeming indifference.
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Please use Change.org to get much wider audience for your fight.
We did. I wasn’t the one who started, but I was one of the many who signed. The police are now involved, and have already arrested someone.
I am aware of the arrest, but its the structural approach that Amazon is taking that needs to be brought to the fore, a much wider exposure of their lack of ethics in regards to the sexualisation of children and the violence inflicted against women that can be found on site, on sale, at Amazon Japan, scapegoating one employee doesn’t fix the problem, in my opinion.
If your browser reads Japanese script, all the better, otherwise the text will be shown as blocks.
For example, please be aware that this is on Amazon’s website, for sale, it’s graphic and extreme:
Yes, I agree. As a non-Japanese non-Japanese citizen resident of Japan, though, there is very little I can do about it other than write. A number of us have been writing and sending in petitions etc since October, but the police are clearly afraid of the mob. Japanese gangsters make an awful lot of money from sexploitation, and their reach goes all the way to Abe and his cronies. It’s been endemic in Japanese society for literally hundreds of years.
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.