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Yahoo, Google ordered by courts in Tokyo, Sapporo to cut search results suggesting criminal behavior
The Tokyo District Court on Dec. 1 issued an injunction ordering Yahoo Japan Corp. to remove some Internet search results that a man claimed suggest he may have been involved in a past crime.
The decision came after the court in October last year ordered Google Inc. to remove search results for the same plaintiff.
The man argued that his personal rights had been violated.
The Sapporo resident in his 50s was slapped with a summary fine of ¥200,000 after being arrested in 2003, according to a court decision verified by his lawyer.
In Japan, criminal background checks are done via search engines on the public internet?