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Amazon’s Japan unit raided over child porn sales

Kyodo

Police have raided offices of the Japanese arm of U.S. online retailer Amazon.com Inc. on suspicion of assisting the sale of child pornography, investigative sources said Saturday.

The Tokyo headquarters of Amazon Japan K.K., its affiliate and a distribution center in Chiba Prefecture were searched Friday for evidence they broke the law against public display of child pornography.

Amazon Japan is suspected of helping sales of child pornography such as photo books of nude girls under 18 by leaving them on its website despite knowing they had been posted there, the sources said.

“We can’t comment on individual cases. If we receive any request from investigative authorities, we would respond based on laws,” said an Amazon representative.

The Aichi Prefectural Police recently found books containing images of underage girls on sale on Amazon Japan’s website and arrested two men last September in connection with the case.

Another Amazon distribution center in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, was raided in November.

Amazon Japan’s guidelines ban the sale of illegal products, stolen items and sex-related goods, including child pornography.

  • Edward Straker

    There is still a one year grace period which began last June when Japan finally made it a punishable offense to possess child pornography. Don’t be shocked that they have photos of girls under 18. Japan has not made possession a punishable offense all these years. Look it up for yourself.

    • DiamondBackPain

      Why do I need to look it up when I have your word to take for it.

  • Firas Kraïem

    Wondering what kind of material this was since books containing photos of “nude girls under 18”, such as those of David Hamilton or Jock Sturges, are also sold by Amazon Japan itself (as opposed to third-party Marketplace sellers, which seems to be the case here).

  • Firas Kraïem

    Yes, Mr. Single-Issue Commenter, we all know this (be it only because you already told us before !).