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Japan internet watchdog empowered to request removal of violent content

Police update online surveillance guidelines starting March after Abe killing

Japan's National Police Agency headquarters in Tokyo. The agency hopes the new guidelines can help prevent criminal acts before they occur.

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's internet watchdog can request instructional posts related to murder, guns and explosives be removed from March, police said Thursday, as authorities respond to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's killer using information found online to build weapons.

The National Police Agency said by adding to the types of content that can be requested for removal by internet service providers, it aims to prevent crimes before they occur.

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