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November 11, 2004


Publisher/Creator Statement on Manga Censorship Case

A statement printed in the latest edition of Weekly Young Jump provides an update to a story from last month whereby the magazine suspended publication of the serial "Kuni ga Moeru" by Hiroshi Motomiya after politically driven objections to the depiction of atrocities committed against the Chinese by Japanese soldiers in 1937 and 1938.

That event, called the Nanjing Massacre in the sources I've read on this case and also frequently referred to as the Rape of Nanking for reasons I'm too internationally clueless to figure out, has led to pointed disputes over the number of people killed, with severe political ramifications both within and without the two countries. Some right-wing factions in Japan have denied that any killing occurred at all. The controversy surrounding Motomiya's comic was centered on the use of visual reference material in the September 16 and September 22 installments that a group of assemblymen claimed were discredited.

"The lack of prudence in selecting and verifying the materials for the comic has caused misunderstanding among readers," read the statement in part.

There are no plans as of yet for resumption of the serial.
 
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