The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Wednesday submitted a resolution in the Punjab Assembly calling for a ban on famous Japanese anime series Doraemon.
PTI legislator Malik Taimoor Masood urged the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to impose a ban on Doraemon or limit its airtime as it contains explicit content which inappropriate for children.
Doraemon is a Japanese manga and anime series dubbed in Hindi for Pakistani viewers. It was written by Fujiko F. Fujio. It was started in a children’s magazine in 1969. Doraemon is the name of a robot cat that came from the future to help a boy named Nobita. Doraemon is about the life of Nobita. In a typical story Doramon uses a tool to solve a problem for Nobita, but Nobita goes too far and ends up being punished and learning a lesson.
According to the legislator, 24-hour cartoon channels have an adverse affect on the educational and physical growth of children. The resolution also claims the language used in cartoons is against the societal norms. The resolution will be discussed in the next PA session.
The move comes after Ashish Chaturvedi, the whistleblower of India’s biggest education scam, voiced concerns against two of the world’s most famous Japanese cartoon characters – Doraemon and Shin Chan. Chatuvardi feels the adverse psychological impacts of the two Hindi and English dubbed ‘violent’ cartoons are grappling a whole generation of kids across India and the world, according to the Times of India.
Chaturvedi is seeking a ban on the telecast of the two Japanese cartoons as he claims several media reports highlight mental abuse and other serious adverse impact of these cartoons on kids.
Characters Of The Cartoon Series:
- Doraemon: A cat-like robot of the 22nd century. Doraemon came to the present age to help Nobita. Doraemon has a four-dimensional pocket which holds a lot of gadgets. He loves Japanese traditional sweet Dorayaki and dislikes mice.
- Nobita Nobi: He is a fourth grader. He is lazy and always gets into trouble, and never does his homework.
- Shizuka Minamoto: She is a classmate of Nobita. She is a smart and kind girl and always helps everyone.
- Takeshi Goda (Gian): He is a classmate of Nobita. He is very strong and always defeats Nobita in fight. He is selfish and mean, and he sometimes look after his mother’s shop for vegetables and fruits.
- Suneo Honekawa: He is a classmate of Nobita. He is also selfish and mean, and his family is rich.
- Dekisugi: His name in Japanese which means “over talented”. He is a very smart and intelligent boy who always do his homework on time. Nobita often asks Doraemon for gadgets to copy Dekisugi’s homework.
- Sewashi: He is Nobita’s great great grandson who lives in the future. He is born in 2115.
- Dorami: She is Doraemon’s sister. Her body is yellow. She is very kind and helps Nobita and her brother, Doraemon.
Further, in 2014, Chinese newspapers cautioned their countrymen against Doraemon saying, Beware of this “blue fatty” — the Japanese are exporting their values through him. According to The New York Times, three major newspapers in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, fired accusations against Doraemon for its “political overtones” and being a tool of Japan’s “cultural invasion.”
Japan’s former foreign minister, Masahiko Komura, appointed Doraemon an “anime ambassador” in 2008 in the hope that the character would deepen the world’s understanding of the country.