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Japan police probe pop singer's 'child porn' picture

Published on Jan 18, 2013 9:27 PM
 

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese police have launched a probe over a controversial magazine picture of a child in a provocative pose with a naked pop singer, its publisher and reports said today.

About 670,000 copies of the popular weekly Young Magazine were pulled from stores ahead of its planned sale last weekend because of a storm over the photograph, which showed singer Tomomi Kasai with a young, apparently Caucasian or Eurasian child cupping her breasts.

The magazine's publisher Kodansha said two of its employees who handle compliance matters went voluntarily to the police "after receiving a request for a hearing over the issue".

"The child welfare section of the police department asked that the picture in question no longer be circulated," a company spokesman said, adding that police wanted all copies of the magazine taken out of circulation.

 
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