So, an update on the whole Rapelay mess. Apparently, after being hassled about it by Westerners for a bit, the Japanese sexgames industry is feeling a bit sheepish about all their violent rape games and is instituting a voluntary member-policy discouraging them. (So it's not a law. It's just red faces.)
EDIT: Apparently there was an incorrect news story somewhere and this hasn't actually happened.
EDIT AGAIN: Okay, now it has.
I don't know what to think. I'm capable of telling the difference between fantasy and reality, I know that most people who play these creepy things would not hurt a real person, and I'm not generally pro-censorship. On the other hand, if the industry is pressured to make more games about consensual relationships instead, I can't help but feel that's kinda a good thing...
Of course, the creepiest stuff is probably that made by doujin circles, who the anti-Rapelay movement has never heard of, and who won't be affected by a policy in an industry they're not officially part of.