Sunday, June 06, 2004

Royale mess, Part 2: Japan's Mainichi Daily News reports that an 11-year-old girl who on June 1 killed a classmate had a morbid fixation with Battle Royale the led her to question visitors to her website about their views on murdering friends:

"The killer's website questionnaire asked visitors to provide an answer to the question of what they would do if selected to take part in a program that required them to kill or be killed.

"Of the 30 answers she received, 25 said they would kill others, four said they would try to hide and only one answered that they would bitterly oppose the scheme."

In a related story, Singapore's Straits Times looks at Japan's efforts to address violent crime among juveniles.