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Quarter of child porn images not deleted on Net sites

About 25 per cent of child pornography images posted on the Internet have not been deleted in Japan, despite requests made last December for Internet service providers to do so, an analysis by the country's police agency has shown on Friday.

world Updated: May 14, 2010 12:42 IST

About 25 per cent of child pornography images posted on the Internet have not been deleted in Japan, despite requests made last December for Internet service providers to do so, an analysis by the country's police agency has shown on Friday.

The National Police Agency (NPA) said the Internet Hotline Center, commissioned by the agency, asked these providers to delete 90 packages of child pornography images last December but 23 of them were not deleted.

It took an average of 7.7 days for providers to delete the 67 packages, the NPA said.

The NPA has called on government ministries and agencies concerned to introduce a system to block users from accessing child pornography sites to stem the spread of child pornography on the Internet.

The NPA is also calling for blocking access soon, given that users can quickly copy images once they are posted on the Internet.

The government plans to draw up a set of measures against child pornography in June based on guidelines to be mapped out by working teams at the ministries and agencies concerned.

Japan is facing international criticism for being a supplier of online child pornography because it does not prohibit the possession of such images.