December 2, 2023


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Japanese school board bans acclaimed anti-war manga

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Hadashi No Gen (Barefoot Gen), about aftermath of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, was removed from libraries in Matsue city, reports The Guardian

A Japanese manga series considered an anti-war classic has caused a stir in Japan after a school board in the country’s south-western city of Matsue removed it from all its school libraries.

The 10-volume manga series, Hadashi No Gen (Barefoot Gen), is based on author Keiji Nakazawa’s own experience, at the age of six, of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, in which both his father and brother were killed.

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