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    Japan Bans Child Porn

    TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 19: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains nudity) Pornographic items are seen in a shop window in Akihabara, Electric Town on May 19, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Akihabara gained the nickname Akihabara Electric Town after World War II as it became a mecca for household electronic goods. Today Akihabara has become a major Tokyo tourist attraction and Otaku cultural center.  Otaku is a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests and is often associated with the anime and manga movements.  The district is cluttered with stores specializing in anime, video games, manga, collectibles and maid cafes.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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    Japan’s legislative body on Wednesday passed a law banning the possession of child pornography. However, the law excludes the depiction of sexual acts with children in “manga” comic books, anime, and video games. Apparently the publishers believed such a ban would violate their right to free speech. The law outlines a prison sentence of up to one year and fines of $9,800 for an offender. It will also have a year-long grace period for people to dispose of the offending materials. Japan is a major center for both the production, distribution, and consumption of child pornography.

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