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.
More than 1,000 seismic events had been recorded in Kumamoto and Oita prefectures by Thursday in the two weeks since a magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck southwestern Japan, while over 30,000 people remain evacuated from their homes. (Japan Today)
Japan has lodged a protest with Taiwan over a statement made by its president challenging Tokyo's claim to waters in the Pacific. Ma Ying-jeou described Japan's southernmost island as a rock around which it cannot claim an exclusive economic zone. (NHK)
A 28-year-old nursery school teacher who forced a 4-year-old boy to eat fried chicken covered with wasabi and recorded it on her smartphone, has received a suspended sentence from the Tokyo District Court. (Japan Today)