Safe-line Operational Guideline


SIA handles reports from the public regarding illegal content and harmful content on the Internet that could lead users to become the victims of crime. Once we receive a report, we will examine the content according to our guideline and judge whether it violates any law and/or how harmful it is to users. If the content is identified as illegal or harmful, we will then immediately send a removal request to the website administrators or the internet service providers and make a police report. SIA understands that there are differences in laws in respective countries regarding what content is illegal and what responsibilities webmasters and providers hold. SIA cooperates fully with overseas providers and website operators to overcome such differences and operational obstacles. We aim to create a safe environment for online users by stopping illegal and harmful contents such as child pornography and revenge porn from victimizing children and women, and crimes related to firearms and controlled substance.

Flow - SIA handles reports

Applicable Content

Shown below are some of the typical illegal or harmful content we handle at SIA. Actual judgments are strictly made based on SIA guidelines.

Content violating Japanese Laws

  • Images and videos of bullying of a minor(violation of Article 230 of the Penal Code, and Article 710 and 723 of the Civil Code)
  • Images and videos that fall under the category of Revenge porn(violation of Article 230 of the Penal Code, and Article 710 and 723 of the Civil Code)
  • Child pornography(violation of Article 7, Paragraph 6 of the Law for Punishing Acts Related to Child Prostitution and Child Pornography)
  • Obscene objects(violation of Article 175, Paragraph 1 of the Penal Code)
  • Soliciting prostitution(violation of Article 5, Item 3 and Article 6, Paragraph 2, Item 3 of the Anti-Prostitution Act)
  • Advertisement of controlled substance(violation of Article 20-2 of the Stimulant Control Act, Article 29-2 and 50-18 of the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Control Act, and Article 4, Paragraph 1, Item 4 of the Marijuana Control Act)
  • Unauthorized requests of IDs and Passwords(Phishing)(violation of Article 7, Item 1 of the Act on the Prohibition of Unauthorized Computer Access)

Harmful Content

※Content that is not illegal but may lead to criminal or illegal acts.

Content violating Japanese Laws

  • Information that encourages or solicits bullying of a minor.
  • Information that encourages or solicits suicidal activities.
  • Information related to the undertaking, brokering or encouragement of illegal acts through the internet.
    • ・Transfer of firearms
    • ・Making of explosives
    • ・Distribution of obscene objects
    • ・Offering child pornography
    • ・Forgery of official documents
    • ・Murder, injury, assault, extortion
    • ・Organ trafficking
    • ・Human trafficking
    • ・Instigation or assistance in suicide
    • ・Molestation
  • Content that can be identified as being possibly illegal.