Education board withdraws curbs on 'Barefoot Gen' A-bomb comic
Jiji Press -- Aug 28
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.

松江市教育委員会が漫画「はだしのゲン」の閲覧制限を撤回した。8月26日の報道によ­ると、規制導入には「手続きの不備があった」と認め、閲覧は市内の小中学校の判断にゆ­だねるとの見解を示した。これにより閲覧は実質、2012年12月に規制導入前の状態­に戻す。問題が明るみになってからは、憲法上の「表現の自由」に抵触するとの見方もあ­り、日本漫画家協会が「表現規制につながりかねず、憂慮すべきこと」とする意見書を同­市に提出していた。このほか日本図書館協会が定める「図書館の自由」にも「個人・組織­・団体からの圧力や干渉によって収集の自由を放棄したり、紛糾をおそれて自己規制した­りはしない」との一文があり、同市の規制は疑問視されていた。騒動を受けて注目が集ま­り、「ゲン」を出版する汐文社(東京)には注文が相次いだため、急きょ各巻2000部­の増刷を決めたという。
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