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I recently read a book that, a decade ago, created a controversy in Japan about homosexuality. In it the prize-winning writer Jiro Fukushima described his sexual relationship with Yukio Mishima dating from 1951.

Because of the book, Mishima’s surviving family sued the publisher and the author. Or, more precisely, Mishima’s daughter, Noriko, and his son, Iichiro, brought a lawsuit saying Fukushima violated the copyright law and Mishima’s “personality right” (jinkaku-ken) by incorporating Mishima’s letters into his account without permission.

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