According to Article 175 of the Japanese Penal Code, it is illegal to share “indecent materials.” Though this may sound familiar to the rules closer to home, Japanese artistes of the adult variety have found a way to circumvent this: They simply blur out the genitalia. Japanese sex game show is also as amusing as it may sound to someone on the outside, appropriately placed digital mosaics are a big deal in Japan. Or at least, they have become so over the last few years.Though no major arrests have been made post Yuuji’s case, artists, publishers and others who produce and distribute pornographic material have adopted a sort of self-censorship in order to avoid trouble with the law.While it is largely true that a nation’s laws reflect its morality, one must understand that morality itself is subject to change. In spite of Japan’s present policy of pixelated porn, the country was far more progressive in its attitude towards sex before it was touched by Western influence in the 19th century.With the arrival of Westerners on the island nation, which had remained closed off from the rest of the world until then, everything changed. As Western morality took root in the upper echelons of Japanese society, the government began to outlaw traditional Japanese practices that were perfectly normal to the people but appeared uncultured or strange to foreigners; all this, in order to prove to an increasingly curious Western gaze that Japan was just as civilised a society as them.