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A bill to tighten curbs on sexual imagery of minors in comics and animated films will be rejected by the largest force in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly, whose session started Tuesday, sources said.

The Democratic Party of Japan and several small groups are threatening to vote down the bill on June 14 unless the metro government retracts it. But Gov. Shintaro Ishihara said Tokyo can come up with a fresh bill if this one is voted down.

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