Kojimima is still fighting for his life.
The studio’s newest project has sparked a major PR controversy in Japan, where the company has been criticised for the portrayal of women and the sexualisation of characters.
The American developer is now fighting back.
The latest controversy began last month when a UK retailer, GAME, banned sales of the new game due to the game’s depictions of women.
The Japanese government has also taken aim at the game, with the country’s Culture and Sports Ministry banning all sales of it in the country, even if it is available on Japanese platforms.
“There is no doubt that the game will attract a lot of attention and that will cause a lot damage,” Yoshihiro Tsurumaki, a Japanese lawmaker and a member of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, told reporters on Monday.
“We have to decide how to deal with this issue, how to address this issue and how to support the game developers who are facing this problem.”
The Culture and Science Ministry said the banning of the game is necessary “in order to prevent further harm to the Japanese society”.
The ban comes as a reaction to a game called Miss Matcha Matcha, which was released in Japan earlier this month.
The game, which is the first title from Kojimo’s studio, features an all-female group of bumbling misfit teenagers who, after being caught up in a high school wrestling competition, must save their school and find a way to stop the tournament from ending in their favour.
In the game there are female characters, including a rival schoolmate who is a love interest for the protagonist.
The protagonist, Miss Matchah, is also a wrestler, but she’s been stripped of her abilities by her coach.
Tsurumaei said the ban on the game was “the first step towards removing Kojimi from the market in Japan”.
“We have decided that we will ask the Japanese government to issue an injunction against the sale of Miss Matchaa Matcha,” he said.
“If it’s possible to do that, we’ll ask the Government of Japan to consider the matter further.”
Kojima, who has faced allegations of sexual harassment in the past, told the Guardian in April that he believed the Japanese culture was too sexualised.
“Japan is still very much a very sexualised society, and I think that’s why we’re seeing this kind of thing happening, because of the culture of Japan,” he told the newspaper.
“There is still a lot to do, and we’re going to do it.”
Konami has said that the company was “disappointed” by the ban.
Konusuke Tanabe, a Konami representative, said in a statement: “As a company we strongly condemn any form of sexual abuse and sexual violence.
The games we produce and sell, and any of our games that use this technology, are all about a safe, inclusive and inclusive future.””
Konamanomics has never and will never condone violence against women and children,” he added.
But, in the statement, the company said it was “pleased to see that many Japanese people, including women and people of colour, have rallied behind us and shown their support”.
Kojimishi was recently suspended from his job at Konami for allegedly being a “misogynist” and “sexual predator”.