Thursday, November 11, 2004

Manga publisher gives in to political pressure

Japan Today reports that publisher Shueisha Inc. has caved to political pressure, and will delete or modify parts of a manga depicting the Nanjing Massacre that were serialized in Weekly Young Jump.

In a statement in the latest edition of the magazine, the publisher and the comic's writer Hiroshi Motomiya wrote: "The lack of prudence in selecting and verifying the materials for the comic has caused misunderstanding among readers."

Some 21 pages of Kuni ga Moeru (The Country is Burning) featuring "inappropriate scenes" will be deleted or modified.