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The cover of the controversial manga.
|Written by||Yūji Suwa (Beauty Hair)|
Misshitsu (蜜室, Honey Room) is an explicit hentai manga by Yūji Suwa (諏訪優二) under the pen name of Beauty Hair (ビューティ・ヘア). It was published in Japan in April 2002 (in 20,000 copies across 1,900 retailers) by the Shobunkan publishing group.
A major obscenity trial in the Tokyo District Court was held, the first such trial for more than 20 years. The results of the trial was the conviction of artist Yūji Suwa in January 2004 (on the charges of violating article 175 of the "National Penal Code", the Penal Code of Japan, which forbids creating and distributing "indecent" materials). Suwa was fined, and to avoid a jail sentence, pleaded guilty. More materially, all adult manga by Suwa was removed from the marketplace. The publisher Monotori Kishi was also convicted, but his one year in jail was suspended by the judge.
The case was appealed to the High Court on arguments that the manga was not as indecent and explicit as much material on the Internet, and that article 175 violated the Japanese Constitution's protection of freedom of expression. The High Court upheld the ruling, and tripled the fine on Suwa to 1.5 million yen from the original 500,000 yen.
- Gravett, Paul (2004). Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics. London: Laurence King Publishing. p. 137. ISBN 1-85669-391-0.
- Article on the ruling in Asahi Shimbun
- Article in the BBC
- Article on the results of the appeal
- (in Japanese) Article arguing that the case shows the need for clearer regulations, and describing the content
- (in Japanese) 
- (in Japanese) www.zakzak.co.jp—notice of the arrests, via the Wayback Machine
- "Obscenity trial prompts freedom-of-speech outcry", The Japan Times
- "Court targets obscene comics", The Japan Times
- "Suspended sentence of racy comics publisher switched to fine", The Japan Times
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