|We must fight child sexual abuse / J. Thomas Schieffer U.S. Ambassador to Japan
||[Jan. 31st, 2008|09:58 pm]
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We must fight child sexual abuse / J. Thomas Schieffer U.S. Ambassador to Japan
Among the Group of Eight countries, Japan and Russia are the only two countries that do not criminalize the possession of child pornography. On May 24, 2007, Japan signed a declaration at the G-8 justice and interior ministers meeting in Munich that: "We commit to ensuring the implementation and effectiveness of our own laws relating to child pornography, and to taking steps to update and improve those laws when necessary and where appropriate." The Law Punishing Acts Related to Child Prostitution and Child Pornography was due for its three-year review in 2006. We hope the Diet will revise this law to criminalize the advertisement, access, purchase, and possession of child pornography. This revision would allow U.S. and Japanese law enforcement officials to cooperate on investigations. Increased cooperation between our two countries would improve the protection of children throughout the world.
(Jan. 31, 2008)
J. Thomas Schieffer U.S. Ambassador to Japan