The COVID crisis has been frustrating, with government regulations about masking and social distancing and all the rest making life hard for everyone. It’s also been a challenge for companies like J-List, as various countries closed themselves off to international shipping during the worst of the pandemic. Happily, EMS shipping to Australia has resumed, so once again our customers in that country can access our products!
EMS Shipping to Australia is Back! What Does This Mean for J-List?
J-List offers three shipping options: fast and speedy DHL shipping to most countries, fast and speedy (and less expensive), UPS shipping to the U.S. only, and affordable but not-so-fast EMS shipping. While DHL and UPS take only days to send packages to you, in the post-COVID world EMS is slower, taking up to a month to arrive in some countries, though only 1-2 weeks to Australia.
Why Did EMS Shipping Stop to Australia?
I have amazing respect for Japan Post, the recently-privatized corporation that manages mail delivery for Japan. When the massive earthquake and tsunamis hit at 2:46 on Friday, March 11, 2011, the country was brought to its knees… yet the following Monday morning the post office showed up to collect outgoing packages as usual, and J-List didn’t even miss a day of shipping to our customers.
But sadly COVID-19 was more than even the mighty Japanese postal service could overcome, as all air travel ceased overnight. International mail is inexpensive because airlines sell space in their cargo holds to store it, and when those planes stopped flying, everything ground to a halt. The EMS shipping disruption to Australia was related to COVID cases in the country spiking at the time but also partly due to the difficulty of logistics of shipping the actual packages.
Happily, this has changed, and EMS shipping has resumed to Australia… which means that Australian otakus can order 18+ products from J-List again!
Doesn’t Australia Want to Ban Hentai?
There has been a lot of reporting that specific individuals in the Australian government want to ban all hentai and related adult products from Japan. Because during a pandemic, there’s nothing quite like denying men the ability to take care of their sexual needs in the privacy of their own homes and forcing them to go out into bars to meet girls instead. Really genius move, that.
We can’t comment on any actions the Australian government may take now or in the future. And of course, J-List can’t guarantee whether products ordered from us won’t be nicked by customs officials. So customers might want to proceed cautiously and use the onahole box removal service when ordering.
What I can say is that I’m a fan of countries that respect the freedom and rights of honest, flesh-and-blood citizens who choose to read, watch and play interesting 18+ content about fictional 2D characters as long as they’re of legal age to do so. I have zero respect for backward “nanny” nations that want to legislate what their adult citizens and read or think, trying to force them to conform to some imagined morality. We’re all familiar with nations like that, and if given the choice, none of us would live in those places.
I mean, how many nations on the planet come with a town named Eromanga pre-installed since ancient times? There’s only one, and it’s a clear indication that Australians should be free to read all the ero manga they want. You can’t argue with geography.
Then there’s the issue of onaholes. With ~15,000 new cases of COVID being reported in Australia daily and ~80 deaths per day, the virus is still raging in many parts of the world. It’s clearly in society’s best interest for men and women to take care of their sexual needs privately, taking care of business in their rooms rather than going to bars or turning to dating apps to find real partners. I can’t think of a worse time for a modern liberal country like Australia to imitate the most socially regressive parts of the world.
So welcome back, Australian otakus! Feel free to rub one out to celebrate the return of EMS shipping to your country!
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While J-List’s sister company J18 Publishing has become famous for bringing the best uncensored + fully translated hentai doujinshi by Japan’s top artists to fans worldwide, we also publish awesome full-sized tankoubon format manga, with 200+ pages of awesome material for you to enjoy. One book we love is Yes, This is Porn, by artist Takayanagi Katsuya. Order your copy here!