An education board in western Japan on Monday withdrew its request to limit student access to "Hadashi no Gen" (Barefoot Gen), a comic series about the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
The board in Matsue informed all elementary and junior high schools in the Shimane prefecture city of its latest decision by e-mail. Schools will now decide themselves whether to limit access to the series at their libraries.
In August last year, the Matsue assembly received a petition for the series to be removed from school libraries because the books "implant a wrong understanding of history." The petition was rejected unanimously.
McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) apologized Tuesday for a recent scandal over chicken meat provided by a Chinese producer, promising to do "whatever it takes" to ensure the safety of food on its menu. (Kyodo)
During her first court hearing at the Tokyo District Court last week, Kasumi Tochinai, a former employee at staffing agency Pasona who has been charged with possession and use of stimulant drugs, came up with a few creative explanations for how she could have tested positive for illegal chemicals in her system. (Tokyo Reporter)
A series of anonymous murder confessions were posted on the popular 2channel Internet forum Saturday evening, prompting police to investigate their possible link with the death and dismemberment of 15-year-old Aiwa Matsuo in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture. (Japan Times)
Eleven people died, one person remains unconscious and two are missing after water-related accidents across Japan over the weekend, police and Fire and Disaster Management Agency officials said Monday. (Japan Today)
The results of a poll to pick the 16 singers who will perform on the next single by SNH48, the Shanghai-based sister group of the hugely popular all-female pop group AKB48, were released over the weekend at an event that drew more than 3,000 fans. (Japan Times)