Gov't team OKs plan to get ISPs to block access to child porn images
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TOKYO, Jul. 26, 2010 (Kyodo News International) -- A Japanese government working group approved a plan Monday to get Internet service providers to block access to child pornography images as soon as they are found, without waiting for website operators to grant requests to delete them, government officials said.

The approval came at a meeting of bureaucrats from the National Police Agency, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry and seven other government offices, and will shortly receive a formal endorsement from a meeting of Cabinet ministers in charge of anti-crime measures led by Prime Minister Naoto Kan, the officials said.

The government intends to conduct preparations to make an effective blocking possible within the current fiscal year through next March, they said.

''The government, by teaming up with the private sector, must take measures to prevent children from being victimized and provide protection to children already victimized, as speedily as possible,'' Atsushi Oshima, a senior vice minister at the Cabinet Office, told the meeting as its chairman.

A senior official of the NPA, which has been calling for a speedy implementation of ISP blocking, said, ''It's crucial to ensure the (plan's) effectiveness,'' and that ''police authorities will provide maximum cooperation'' in its implementation.

But a communications ministry official said the plan ''cannot be separated from the risk of impinging upon secrecy of communications and freedom of expression,'' seeking consideration of the aspects in carrying it out.

 

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