Japan child pornography ban: Possession outlawed.

Japanese Legislature's Vote to Ban Possession of Child Pornography Wasn't Unanimous

Japanese Legislature's Vote to Ban Possession of Child Pornography Wasn't Unanimous

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June 19 2014 3:46 PM

Japanese Legislature's Vote to Ban Possession of Child Pornography Wasn't Unanimous

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The National Diet Building, which houses Japan's parliament.

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Before Wednesday, creating and distributing child pornography was illegal in Japan, but possessing it was not; a new law that takes effect as of next month will make possession illegal as well. Cartoon pornography depicting children is excepted. From CNN:

The bill notably excludes the possession of explicit anime or manga, a point of contention for campaigners who say that cartoons depicting child sexual abuse should also be banned.
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Cartoon images of child pornography are illegal under federal law in the United States.

A fact that is astounding from an American perspective: the vote banning possession of child pornography was not unanimous. From Reuters:

Some opposition lawmakers also voted against it, saying it could lead to police overreach.