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Man ordered to stop sending unsolicited e-mail ads.

TOKYO, Jan. 9 Kyodo

The Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications has ordered a company executive in Tokyo to stop sending unsolicited e-mail advertisements under a new law on regulating spam mail, ministry officials said Thursday.

It is the first time the ministry has issued such an order since the law took effect last July.

The man could face a penalty of up to 500,000 yen if he does not follow the order.

The man got the order on Dec. 25 last year for sending e-mails without attaching messages telling recipients they were unsolicited ads and continuing to send e-mails to those who had rejected them, the officials said.

The law requires senders of e-mail ads to attach messages telling receivers the e-mails are unsolicited advertising and how to reject any future ads. The law also prohibits the senders from mailing ads again once they have been rejected.

The legislation came amid growing complaints from people receiving junk mail on their mobile phones.
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Publication:Japan Computer Industry Scan
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Date:Jan 13, 2003
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