JAKARTA – The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission has warned a television network for airing the “Crayon Shin-chan” anime series, which is based on a Japanese manga, saying it contains content that is inappropriate for children.
In a press statement dated Monday, the government-sanctioned but independent commission known as KPI referred the warning to Jakarta-based Rajawali Citra Televisi Indonesia, or RCTI network.
“Crayon Shin-chan” was one of the movies and TV series that were singled out by the commission as being improper for children to watch on the country’s television networks. The U.S. animated TV series “Tom & Jerry” also made the list because it contains violence, the commission said.
TV Asahi aired “Crayon Shin-chan” for the first time in 1992. The series centers on the adventures of 5-year-old kindergarten student Shinnosuke “Shin” Nohara, his parents, baby sitter, dog, neighbors and friends living in Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture. Shin-chan likes imitating the attitude and behavior of adults, and often tries to woo pretty women.
The series has been dubbed into nearly 30 foreign languages, including Indonesian, and is popular in many countries, especially in East Asia.
“For the violation, KPI has strongly imposed administrative sanctions on the broadcasting networks and instructed them to censor the contents, which are not appropriate to be imitated by children,” the commission’s statement said.
KPI Commissioner Agatha Lily said “Crayon Shin-chan” contains words and actions that can be imitated by children, such as taking off his pants, that the commission considered pornographic. She also said the series displayed bizarre and mischievous behavior that was inappropriate for children.
“If they still want the movies or cartoons being broadcast on their television networks, they must censor those inappropriate words and actions,” Agatha said. “Unless (they do), we will ask them to stop the programs.”
Responding to the administrative sanction, which is in the form of a written reprimand, RCTI Corporate Secretary Adjie Soeratmadjie said his company did nothing wrong.
“We are going to explain to KPI that they don’t need to get so worried about the series because we have put a sign legalized by the Indonesian Censorship Institute that the series is for teenagers and young adults,” Adjie told Kyodo News on Wednesday.
Although RCTI airs the anime series on Sunday mornings, Adjie said the program isn’t intended for children, and that it should be a parent’s responsibility to select programs for their children.
“I don’t think children can understand and laugh over what Shin-chan does and says. Only teenagers and young adults can laugh because they better understand his weird and funny words and actions,” the television executive said.
Adjie said his company won’t stop airing the series despite the warning, insisting it does not violate any code.
The commission also issued a similar warning to RCTI over “Crayon Shin-chan” in 2011. The network temporarily suspended the series and censored some parts before airing it again.
In Indonesia, “Crayon Shin-chan” manga is published by Elex Media Komputindo, a subsidiary of media conglomerate Gramedia Group.