You may recall that Japanese prefecture Kanagawa labelled GTA III as 'harmful"?, such that it could not be sold or rented to minors (see previous post ). Another Japanese prefecture, Saitama, has now followed suit. The Saitama government is concerned that the game promotes violence among youths, and the governor has apparently stated that GTA III is 'far too violent and obviously harmful"?. Now that the game is labelled a "harmful publication", retailers must stock it separately from other titles, and sales to minors under the age of 18 can result in fines.
GTA San Andreas has not been released in Japan, so these rulings apparently apply only to GTA III.