Google Japan (www.google.co.jp) blocked most websites that offer information about the lesbian, gay, and bisexual, or LGB, community from its web search results when keywords contained a Japanese term that means "junior high school student" or "elementary school student".
This "censorship" allegedly started on or about June 6, 2014. Some people have pointed out that it might be related to the fact that Japan's upper house of parliament passed a bill to ban ownership of child porn images on June 5, because not only LGB websites but also websites that provided child pornography or pedophilic manga were filtered almost at the same time.
As of Monday, a search for the word "ゲイ"（gay) yielded 9.4 million results.
On the other hand, a lookup for "ゲイ 中学生" ("gay junior high school student") seemingly yielded 4 million...
...but it was nothing but a cheap trick. When you jumped to the next page, you would find that the search results dramatically decreased to 11. That means you couldn't access enough websites that contain information about LGBT issues and organizations, even though the websites are not sexually explicit in any way.
Google's filtering like this was observed when you did a keyword search using terms such as "ゲイ" ("gay"), "レズビアン" ("lesbian"), "バイセクシュアル" ("bisexual") , or "同性愛" ("homosexuality") in combination with the word "中学生" ("junior high school student") or "小学生" ("elementary school student").
Google insists their "policies on non-discrimination are universal throughout Google". "It gets better" video by Google employees has been viewed more than one million times. During Sochi Olympics, Google took a stand on Russia's anti-gay laws with a rainbow colored doodle. And now it is showing a rainbow banner for Pride Month when users do a search for LGBT-related terms in English.
To Google Japan, however, "LGBs" equals to child pornography. I am shocked and very disgusted.
This sort of discriminatory nonsense must end. According to a survey by Inochi Respect White Ribbon Campaign, about 70 percent of sexual minorities in Japan have experienced bullying in school and 30 percent have thought about committing suicide. Young people who are sexual minorities need access to information to allow them to know they are not alone. They cannot be allowed to feel isolated.
That's why I wrote this article in English. If you support equality for all, including equality to access information for LGB youth, please do something. You can click "Submit Feedback" at the bottom of the search results page to send a message to Google. Or you can just share information on Google's this latest hypocrisy on SNS. Please do anything to inform ignorant Google Japan that it's 2014 for God's sake.
IT media news reported that as of June 20, Google returned as many results as before when searched with the term "lolita". "Google probably have made changes in the algorithm," Masahiro Tsuji, an SEO specialist, said. As of June 26, a search for LGBT-youth-related term yielded more results than at the beginning of June. JUNE 26, 2014, 12:45 p.m.