Amazon Japan Worker Probed in Child Pornography Investigation

Japanese prosecutors are investigating a temporary worker at an Amazon Japan affiliate who uploaded photobooks on the shopping site for allegedly breaking child pornography laws.

The Nagoya Prosecutors Office said police alerted them to the person and provided them with a document, according to a spokeswoman at the office who asked not to be named citing department policy. Prosecutors will conduct an investigation before deciding whether to charge the individual, she said. She declined to comment further on the probe.

Amazon Japan spokeswoman Misao Konishi said in e-mail today that the company is cooperating “fully” with the authorities on the investigation, restating its position from January after local media reported that police raided the company’s Tokyo headquarters and a distribution center as part of a child-porn investigation.

Aichi Prefecture Police declined to comment.

Japan became one of the last industrialized nations to ban possession of child pornography when it amended its laws last year. Amazon Japan was targeted in an online campaign in October after photobooks of scantily clad pre-pubescent girls, called the “Candy Doll” collection, were listed for sale on its website.

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