• Abiko, Chiba

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Another way to view the exercise of the censorial power that Debito Arudou boasts about in his March 20 article, “Demise of crime magazine historic,” is as a goose step closer to thought control. The publication (Gaijin Hanzai) has a few racial slurs, some misinformation and specious logic, and lots of tasteless graphics beginning with the cover — among many reports that are mostly factual and boring. It would take a sizable goon squad with retirement benefits to keep materials with similar faults out of bookstores and libraries.

Rather than vigilante gatekeepers deciding what publishers and dealers can offer me — then telling me I can go to the archives of their Web sites to see what they’ve suppressed — I would prefer the freedom to be offended.

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