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Japan school board bows to outcry, drops curbs on anti-war comic

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese school board on Monday scrapped curbs on children's access to an iconic anti-war comic, following criticism from those who saw the move as part of a trend to whitewash the country's wartime misdeeds. The furor over the bid to limit access to the late Keiji Nakazawa's "Barefoot Gen" manga has echoed worries about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's conservative agenda to recast Japan's wartime history in less apologetic colors.

Experts question education board's request to restrict "Barefoot Gen"

A number of experts say an ideology seeking to cover up negative aspects of history is behind a request by a local education board in western Japan asking primary and junior high schools to restrict students from reading "Hadashi no Gen" (Barefoot Gen), a Japanese manga comic series by the late Keiji Nakazawa. The comic series depicts a Japanese boy who tries to survive in postwar Japan after Hiroshima was devastated by an atomic bomb dropped by the United States in August 1945.
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