• Kyodo


Claiming it contains too many violent images, the education board of Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, has asked all its public elementary and junior high schools to limit pupils’ access to “Hadashi no Gen” (“Barefoot Gen”), the manga series by the late Keiji Nakazawa that depicts the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

According to the board, Friday’s decision was based on the view that the comic book series, which details the life of a 6-year-old boy named Gen before and after the city was bombed, contains images that are too strong, such as decapitations and rape.

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