In May, a 19-year-old youth was arrested by the Kanagawa prefectural police on suspicion of posting pornographic images on the Internet.
He apparently began operating a cell phone Internet site with obscene images when he was a third-year middle schooler. As the number of hits did not increase as he expected, he decided to specialise in child porn data when he was a third-year high school student.
The police quoted him as saying, "I believed (images of) little kids would bring in more cash."
His child porn site was accessed 600,000 times until he was arrested and the site closed. At one point he was earning up to 30,000 yen ($477) a month through advertising fees from his site.
He told the investigators that he operated the site only to earn money for recreation. The investigators said he looked a very ordinary boy. But the investigators added that they still felt the boy's facial expression when asked the following question was unusual: "Didn't you imagine how the girls whose pictures were shown on the site felt?"
The youth looked puzzled as if it had never occurred to him to even think about this.
His child porn site featured tens of thousands of pictures of naked girls.
This story was first published in The Daily Yomiuri/Asia News Network.