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Japan only sentences possessors of child pornography to a year in prison. Is the sentence too light?

  • Children need to be Protected

    Japan should have stiffer penalties for the possession of child pornography. It is much too light of a prison sentence for this kind of offence. Child pornography hurts children. It is horrible abuse which ramifications last into adulthood. Anyone involved in the distribution or possession of child pornography should be imprisioned for life.

  • A 1 year sentence for possession of child porn is much too light

    Those in possession of child pornography should be harshly sentenced because they are demonstrating that they are and likely to in the future take advantage of a vulnerable population, children. However, I think that this needs to be a case by case decision because an 18 yr old dating a 17 year old who has a sexual picture of his 17 yr old girlfriend on his phone would also be considered as a possessor of child porn.

  • Prison will not do anything to stop them in the future.

    The fact is that we're talking about a sick fetish. So something that does harm only indirectly by producing demand for more child pornography.
    So I fail to see how jail is an appropriate punishment. No one will just stop their sick cravings because they're in jail, all they'll do is be more careful not to get caught.
    Also child pornography laws are ridiculous. If a 13 year old girl sends a guy a nude pic, it's child pornography. And there have been may cases in which people are punished for things like this.
    We all have to realize that this is a type of crime which isn't controllable, all we can possibly try to do is to stop those making and distributing child pornography, because punishing the guys who are the end recipient is just pointless

  • Japans Pornograhy Charges

    Japan sentences child pornography holders to a year in prison yet the United States allows them to go free. Prison may not be the right sentence for these people. It will not solve the problem and allows them out to just start all over again. I believe that some reeducation or help is needed instead of just prison sentences.

  • No, I think this sentence is not to light.

    In my opinion, the sentence of a year in prison for people who possess child pornography in Japan is not too light, because the violators will have enough time to rethink their behavior and choose not to violate the law again. On the other hand, I do think that the second violation of this kind should be more rough.

  • It is fair

    While I do see the problem with the crime, it is not like murder,rape, drug abuse, grand theft and a one year sentence would be fine. Just watching such content does not make one a certain child molester. A sentence of 1 year is neccesary for making sure people dont abuse the content, though.

  • It is fair

    While I do see the problem with the crime, it is not like murder,rape, drug abuse, grand theft and a one year sentence would be fine. Just watching such content does not make one a certain child molester. A sentence of 1 year is neccesary for making sure people dont abuse the content, though.

  • Most child porn is posed

    Most child pornography is low level i.e. posed semi nude or nude.
    It has been around for thousands of years.
    As ever various factions wish to suggest that it is all sexually abusive which it isn't.
    While looking at child pornography is inappropriate it is usually not as serious a situation as people make it out to be

  • Viewing doesn't hurt anyone

    Because the police cannot catch the producers of child pornography they are punishing the consumers hard
    in a futile attempt to reduce consumption.
    Therefore poor guys who get caught have their lives ruined by suspended or actual prison sentences, sex offence register unspent offence time, and barred entry to USA ,and Canada and Australia forever. Their partner often has to leave them or lose the kids.
    It is a disgrace.
    These are not molesters, they are good people. Looking at pictures never hurt anyone.

  • Sentencing is too harsh for child porn offences

    Looking at pictures no matter the content does not hurt anyone. Criminal justice system is deliberately confusing looking with doing to justify harsh sentences for looking at child pornography as it is the only way they can hope to reduce the amount of child pornography on the net and this is unfair to offenders

  • Sentencing is too harsh

    Harsh sentences were introduced in order to discourage people from looking at child pornography. Also it was assumed most offenders were paedophile and might as well go to jail anyway.
    In fact most offenders are not paedophiles as they do not molest children.
    Just looking st pictures doesn't hurt anyone. A fine would be sufficient.


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