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Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications tests a new software that blocks child pornography

The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry is to test a technology that restricts Internet users' access to Web sites featuring pornographic images of children as early as next fiscal year, according to sources.

The ministry plans to draw up a list of Web sites known to contain graphic images of minors. When a user attempts to access one of these sites, the technology will guide the user to a government site saying access to that particular URL is regulated.

According to the sources, the technology already is in use in 10 countries, including Scandinavian nations. The ministry will ask Internet service providers to take part in the experiment.

The ministry is to incorporate its plan in a draft report formulated by a ministry study group.

The Yomiuri Shimbun