Child Pornography Curbs Meet Resistance In Japan

03/04/2011 12:17 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Christian Science Monitor

Faced with mounting foreign and domestic pressure, Japan's government has been forced to rethink how to handle the country's huge market in child pornography, raising hopes for an overdue ban on possession.

While it is illegal to produce or distribute child pornography in Japan, possessing it is not -- an anomaly Japan shares with only one other G8 nation, Russia. The release last month of national police agency figures showing a dramatic rise in the number of known child pornography cases coincides with new calls for the government to take action. Yet, say campaigners, national legislators lack the political will to change the law.

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