Restriction on the availability to children of Hadashi No Gen (Barefoot Gen), Keiji Nakazawa’s anti-war classic, has been reversed after protestsManga series Hadashi No Gen (Barefoot Gen) will be freely accessible to children in school libraries throughout the city of Matsue in Japan, after a move to restrict it was reversed on 26 August.Japan’s Asahi newspaper reports that “a flood of protests” has resulted in Matsue’s education board retracting a request that schools must make children apply for permission to read the comics. Schools will now decide themselves whether or not to limit access.Hadashi No Gen is a series of 10 manga comics, created in the 1970s by Keiji Nakazawa, which include graphic illustrations of atrocities committed during the second world war, including the atomic bombing at Hiroshima.The comics were freely available for children to read until December 2012. Moves to limit access were seen by some as part of a political agenda to restrict circulation of materials critical of the country’s war-time misdeeds.MangaComics and graphic novelsJapanSecond world warLiz © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds …read more

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