To protest the signing of the Revised Youth Ordinance Bill many anime and manga producers who initially agreed to participate in the upcoming Tokyo Animation Fair (organized by the Metropolitan Government), have not only pulled out of the event but also banded together to put up an entirely new event on the very same weekend, as reported on ANN.
Dubbed the Anime Contents Expo, the new event will be held at Makuhari Messe from 26th to 27th March 2011. Makuhari is found outside of Tokyo — in Chiba Prefecture, and is the same city where both Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea are actually located. Makuhari Messe is a popular events hall, holding concerts by L’Arc~en~Ciel and manga conventions like Jump Festa.
Some of the companies that disassociated themselves with TAF include Kadokawa, Aniplex, ANIMATE, Kadokawa Shoten, King Records, Geneon Universal Entertainment Japan, Frontier Works, Marvelous Entertainment, and Media Factory.
Meanwhile — also via ANN: Comic Market is set to stay at Tokyo Big Sight. However, steps are being taken by the steering committee to protect its artists and participants. Dan Kanemitsu has noted that this year’s Comic Market committee is already distributing pamphlets to participating artists and circles on “how the event is run, how circles are expected operate, what are the rules, what are the changes, … etc.”. There is also a section highlighting the new restrictions and how the circles can continue to operate within legal boundaries.