Japan lower house approves bill against child pornography

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TOKYO – ’s lower of passed long-debated legislation ban the possession of child pornography, but with an exemption for comic books in the manga and anime genres.

the legislation, individuals would face up a year in or a fine of up 9,750 dollars, if they possess child porn images “to satisfy their sexual urges.’’

The bill is expected clear the nation’s by late June after deliberation by the upper .

The lower is the more influential in the Japanese .

is currently the only OECD country which allows individuals to possess photos and videos depicting sexual crimes against , Hiromasa Nakai, a spokesman for the Committee for the ’s UNICEF, has said.

The . Department has called the country an “international hub for production and trafficking of child pornography.’’ (dpa/NAN)