Whether or not it contained the criminalization aspect, this bill, had it been voted into law, would essentially be red flagging books that contained potentially obscene content. Who would be responsible for policing which books are considered obscene? The decisions would be purely subjective, based on the opinions of parents and community members. And how obscene would it need to be to require consent/legal action?
Not long ago the Japan Library Association spoke out against the Japanese newspaper Kobe Shimbun for revealing the loan records of library patrons from around fifty years ago. Back on October 5th the newspaper ran a story that revealed what books famed author Haruki Murakami had checked out as a high school student.