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A Tokyo publisher was found guilty in a landmark criminal trial Tuesday of distributing obscene comic books containing uncensored sex scenes.

The ruling against Motonori Kishi was the first major case in 20 years to focus on printed pornographic material in Japan. It was also the first ruling to focus on a comic alleged to contain obscene material, under Article 175 of the Criminal Code, which prohibits the sale and distribution of obscene literature.

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