Many Japanese families have been pushing for years on a law to protect children from exploitation. They partially succeeded in 1999 when Japan passed a law banning the production and distribution of child pornography. The law was not perfect though. It did not ban the possession of child pornography nor the production of animated depictions.
Japanese families are now on the verge of another success in their quest to protect children and abolish any material that sexualy exploits children. The Japanese government is finally moving forward to criminalize the possession of child pornography − a law which most families feel is long overdue. While many are already praising the new proposed law, not everyone is happy. Although the new law will close a major loophole left by the old one, it still fails to address animated depictions of child pornography.