'Barefoot Gen' marks 40th birthday
Japan Times -- Jul 26
"Hadashi no Gen" ("Barefoot Gen"), a manga series by the late Keiji Nakazawa, marks the 40th anniversary of its publication this year, reminding both child and adult readers alike of the horrors of nuclear warfare.

The series started in the June 4, 1973, edition of Shueisha Inc.'s Weekly Shonen Jump after Tadasu Nagano, editor-in-chief of the magazine, persuaded Nakazawa to depict his experiences as a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing on Aug. 6, 1945.

"Hadashi no Gen" describes the life of a 6-year-old boy named Gen before and after the city's obliteration. Shueisha received a large number of letters from readers, including children, who said they had been able to understand the suffering of A-bomb victims for the first time or that they wanted to learn more about the event, even though they could barely look at some of the scenes depicted.

The gut-wrenching theme of the series failed to win widespread popularity, however, forcing Shueisha to discontinue it after one year and four months. Nevertheless, Nakazawa was able to "accurately get across his message to the public," Yamaji said.

Source: Japan Times
Sep 02
Indian PM Narendra Modi and Japan's Shinzo Abe have agreed at a summit in Tokyo to accelerate talks on a nuclear energy pact. (BBC)
Sep 02
NHK has learned that sirens set up to alert residents against possible disasters were not used in key areas when massive rain hit Hiroshima City last month and triggered deadly mudslides. (NHK)
Sep 02
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force said Monday that a crewman of a destroyer killed himself after being bullied by his superior, a 42-year-old petty officer first class, since October 2013. (Jiji Press)
Sep 01
Nineteen more people were confirmed by the health ministry on Monday to have contracted dengue fever in Tokyo, following three last week and bringing the total number to 22 in the first cases of domestic infection in Japan since 1945. (Nikkei)
Sep 01
Tokyo police plans to suspend for up to six months the driving licenses of drivers who possess so-called quasi-legal drugs, police sources said Monday. (Nikkei)
Sep 02
Hokkaido Prefectural Police on Monday accused a restaurant in Chuo Ward of violating labor laws by attiring waitresses under the age of 18 in bikinis, reports the Hokkaido Shimbun (Sept. 2). (Tokyo Reporter)
Sep 02
A 20-year-old man went on trial Monday for killing his mother and chopping her body into pieces. (Japan Today)
Sep 02
The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office on Monday decided not to indict Torao Tokuda, former head of hospital group Tokushukai, over a high-profile election fraud case, because he is seriously ill. (The Japan News)
Sep 02
Police in Tamamura, Gunma Prefecture, said Monday they have arrested a 32-year-old woman over the death of her 3-year-old son. (Japan Today)
Sep 01
Police in Osaka said Monday they have arrested a 53-year-old man on suspicion of killing his neighbor in an apartment building in Higashinari Ward. (Japan Today)
Sep 01
Media reports that Sanrio Co.'s popular character Hello Kitty is "not a cat" have swirled across the globe, following a U.S. newspaper story. (Jiji Press)
Aug 31
The Hiroshima city government on Sunday lifted evacuation advisories and orders issued for about 106,000 people in the mudslide-hit city. (Kyodo)
Aug 31
A group of Japanese porn actresses raised tens of thousands of dollars at the weekend by having their breasts squeezed by fans at a "Boob Aid" charity event for Aids prevention. (straitstimes.com)
Aug 31
A two-day festival to highlight the charm of Japan's Tohoku region started in a park in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Saturday morning to help reconstruction of the region devastated by the massive earthquake and tsunami some three years ago. (Jiji Press)
Aug 31
The body of a Japanese man was found floating in the Hudson River last week and may have been shot in the head, according to the New York City Police Department and Consulate General of Japan in New York. (Japan Times)