posted on 2013-05-29 20:00 BST
Japan Cartoonists Association, Others Oppose New Child Pornography Revision Bill
"The Japan Cartoonists Association, as well as the Japan Magazine Publishers Association and the Japan Book Publishers Association, have all posted statements of opposition to the bill containing a proposed new amendment to the country's current child pornography laws. Japan's ruling party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), along with co-sponsors New Komeito Party and the Japan Restoration Party, submitted the amendment to the lower house of the National Diet of Japan on Wednesday.
The parties look to make possession of child pornography a crime. The amendment would make possession of sexual images of individuals under 18 illegal, with a fine of 1 million yen (about US$10,437) and less than a year in jail if the subject is found to have the images for "the purpose of satisfying sexual curiosity." The bill would also provide for greater measures to prevent child pornography from being transmitted online."