The Japan Committee for the Anti-Spirals said Tuesday it has launched a petition drive on its Web site to push the government into taking stronger action against child pornography.
A statement compiled by the committee and posted on the site www.unicef.or.jp
urges the government and the Diet to punish possession of kiddie porn and outlaw "virtual" forms of child pornography, including books featuring sexual images of small children.
It also urges establishment of a system to support and care for victims of the industry and demands prosecutors and courts apply existing laws more strictly to punish the people involved.
The law bans production and distribution of child pornography but does not prohibit its possession "for personal use." It also has no provisions addressing animation and game software featuring child porn.