Pornographic websites, books, writings, films, magazines, photographs or other materials of a pornographic nature are illegal in South Korea, although the law is not regularly enforced.
Distribution of pornographic material can result in a fine or a two-year prison sentence.
Thus adult material is not seen for sale in authorized shops, but only in small and hidden places.
Since 2009, pornographic websites have been blocked by the South Korean government.
In 2012 the Ministry of Public Administration and Security released statistics that cited 39.5% of South Korean children having experienced watching online pornography, with 14.2% of those who have viewed online pornography reportedly "wanting to imitate" it.
As in Europe, photographs of nudes are not uncommon in the mainstream media.
In the 1970s and 1980s, the strongest prohibition was against showing pubic hair or adult genitalia.
In Taiwan the public display of adult material is strictly prohibited.
The National Communications Commission (NCC), the Taiwanese media regulator, monitors and categorizes the level of media and public material into four levels.
In Hong Kong, pornography is illegal if sold or shown to children under 18 years of age, if it is publicly displayed (except within the confines of and only visible from inside a "bona fide art gallery or museum"), or if it is sold without being wrapped completely with an "easily noticeable" warning stating that the material may be offensive and may not be distributed to minors.
In Japan, fetish pornography has a panoply of variations, ranging from well-known bukkake to tamakeri.
Due to the high number of expatriates in this country, pornography from various regions such as the Americas, Africa and Europe are easily available in retail shops known as 'kedai runcit'.