Enraged by the publication last month of a memoir by an infamous child serial killer from Kobe, the father of one of the victims petitioned the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Wednesday for a ban on criminals talking about their crimes, including in print and movies, without the permission of those they harmed.

Mamoru Hase, whose 11-year-old son Jun was murdered and decapitated by a teen killer in 1997, said the autobiography had caused bereaved relatives “heartrending pain” and had rubbed salt into their barely healed wounds.

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