London, May 15 (ANI): The Japanese government has dismissed legislation criminalizing possession of child pornography, claiming that it violates individuals” freedom of expression.
The ruling Democratic Party of Japan rejected the legislation, but police campaign has been stepped-up against people selling sexual images of children.
Few recent incidents have drawn the attention towards child pornography in Japan.
Earlier this week, twenty people were arrested for posting child pornography on a mobile phone web site, which was set up by a 17-year-old high school student.
In another incident a mother who took indecent images of her infant son and sold them via the internet was arrested.
The National Police Agency revealed that it received 4,486 complaints from the public of child pornography on the internet in 2009.
Also, a record 650 people were charged with offences related to child pornography.
“We are urging all the political parties here to ban the possession of child pornography in the present session of parliament, but I am not at all optimistic that it will happen,” the Telegraph quoted Keiji Goto, a lawyer and chairman of the Forum for Creating a Society That Does Not Tolerate Child Pornography, as saying.
In 2009 the government submitted a bill to revise the law on child pornography but lost the general election in August before it could be enacted.
The DPJ opposed the bill and instead called for the definition of child pornography to be narrowed down, while acquisition for money and multiple acquisitions would be made illegal.
Gotto said: “We consider child pornography to be the worst of all evils and we find it hard to understand how images of naked children tied up with ropes can be considered acceptable.”
“The only people who will be pleased at the failure to pass this legislation are paedophiles.” (ANI)