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Japan: Court demands ‘right to be forgotten’ for sex offender

A Tokyo court has ordered that Google remove any results linked to the arrest of a man, after a judge ruled that he deserves to rebuild his life ‘unhindered’ by online records of his criminal history.

Citing the right to be forgotten, the Saitma district court demanded the removal of all personal information online related to the conviction. While the decision was made back in December, the case has only recently been revealed publicly following the discovery of leaked court papers. Full Article

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  1. Robert

    Oh man, I wish we had Japanese style courts and judges in the U.S.
    They have stronger respect for human rights and privacy than this country.


    Write to your Federal Senators and Representatives – ask them to amend the constitution to include an idea of Spent Convictions and a “right to be forgotten” – This may be a back door in to helping all people with convictions.

    Most countries have spent convictions. You can even argue that after completing your sentence and paying your “debt to society” you have a fundamental right to rebuild your life, and RC law’s prevent that – this could cause a strict scrutiny view under due process rather then RBT – this could work in theory.

  3. Stephen

    Google wants to invade Every ones privacy, so that they can sell your info and soap.
    I think England has the right to Forget your past.

  4. Q

    This is true and right; what in the hell is wrong with the sickos here?

    “Judge Hisaki Kobayashi argued that, dependent on the nature of the crime, an individual should be able to go through a fair rehabilitation process, which would include a clean sheet on their online records after a certain amount of time has passed.”

    “Criminals who were exposed to the public due to media reports of their arrest are entitled to the benefit of having their private life respected and their rehabilitation unhindered,” said Kobayashi, according to local Japanese reports. He added that without this protection it would be extremely hard for an individual to lead a normal life.

  5. David H

    how much money does he have???

  6. G4Change

    Other countries get it!!!! I hope one day this country gets it too!!!!

  7. ab

    Oh look Japan doing something right. Was starting to worry based on some mistakes from the country in the last few years.

  8. Mike r

    Maybe we can seek asylum there

    • David Kennerly

      The Japanese no longer allow registered sex offenders into their country.

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