A Japanese software industry body has decided to ban computer games in which players simulate sexual violence against females, a spokesman said, according to Agence France-Presse.
The industry move came after a Japanese computer game maker attracted furious protests from U.S. rights campaigners against the game "RapeLay," which lets players simulate stalking and raping young girls.
In the game players earn points for acts of sexual violence, including following girls on commuter trains, raping virgins and their mothers, and then forcing them to have abortions.
U.S. online retailer Amazon in February took RapeLay off its Web sites, but the game's Yokohama-based maker Illusion brushed off the protests, saying the game was made for the domestic market and abided by laws in Japan.
The Japanese industry group the Ethics Organization of Computer Software said it had long mulled measures to control such content which it said "deviates extremely from social norms."