Japan Gives Up Warnings before Visits to Pirate Websites

Politics

Tokyo, June 20 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese communications ministry has abandoned an idea of displaying warning messages on computers that are about to access websites containing illegal copies of manga and other content, officials said Thursday.

At a meeting of an advisory panel discussing measures against such pirate websites on the day, the ministry officials explained that legal and technical problems make it difficult to realize the idea. Many panel members accepted the explanation.

The panel will consider other measures including the strengthening of filtering functions, which are used to restrict access to harmful websites.

The panel is slated to finalize a formal report on the outcome of their discussions soon. But it seems unlikely the report will include substantial measures to combat pirate websites.

Initially, the government aimed to establish a law to forcibly cut off access to pirate websites, only to meet with opposition from the telecommunications industry and legal experts. Talks on the idea of displaying warning messages then started at the ministry in April.

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