Japan becomes 'kiddie porn superpower?'
Government refuses ruling against child pornography
Visual depictions of children engaged in sexual activity - child pornography or "kiddie porn" -- is considered abhorrent in most world cultures. That didn't stop the ruling Democratic Party of Japan from refusing to support legislation that would outlaw the possession of child pornography. The party has denied the legislation on the grounds that it would infringe individuals' freedom of expression.
Japanese authorities say there has been a stepped-up police campaign against people that sell sexual images of children.
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