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Tokyo High Court rejects right to be forgotten claim

The Tokyo High Court reversed a district court decision that recognized a person's "right to be forgotten" to request removal of search results from a Google search of the person's name.  The Saitama District Court had recognized such a right in June 2015 for a person who had been arrested for involvement in child prostitution and pornography related crimes more than five years ago.  The Tokyo High Court found no basis in Japan's law for a right to be forgotten.  And the court noted the importance of the public's ability to obtain information related to child prostitution offenses, a matter of "grave concern." [More from Japan Times]