Icarus and Canned Dogs are reporting today that Yasamata Shiyami, the doujin author previously reported to have been arrested for obscenity and/or the improper labeling of his books for adult content (the case covered in detail here), has been ordered to pay a fine of 300,000 yen as punishment for his offense. As Zepy and Simon have noted this doesn’t amount to more than a slap on the wrist, and without further information as to the grounds for his arrest or any further action to be taken as a result (against the printing company or bookshops that distributed his work, for example), it seems little has come of the case beyond a bunch of nervous doujinka and tightened self-regulation at doujin events. I’m happy to hear that the author himself got off so lightly, but left wonder what the next step will be in the saga of Japan’s imperiled free speech. (no more)