News Manga Created to Help Find Japanese Student's Killer
posted on 2007-12-12 06:00 EST
The teachers of the Faculty of Manga at Japan's Kyoto Seika University have created a manga pamphlet to appeal for information on the unsolved stabbing death of one of their students. 20-year-old Daisaku Chiba was a freshman in the department when he was found stabbed in the central Japanese city of Kyoto on the evening of January 15. He reportedly said, "I have no idea who stabbed me," before dying of his ten stab wounds at the hospital. The faculty's instructors and students plan to distribute 1,000 copies of the 20-page pamphlet at the main Japan Railways station in Kyoto and other locations during the middle of December.
In addition to describing the known characteristics of the suspected male killer, the pamphlet devotes half of its pages to depicting Chiba's life. It includes stories, recounted by friends, of how he studied diligently to become a manga artist in his northern hometown of Sendai. Kyoto Seika University is famed for creating Japan's first university manga program and faculty of manga. An unnamed 46-year-old male instructor in the manga faculty told the Nikkei news firm, "Chiba-kun met us through manga. Wouldn't it give us some comfort if we could help arrest the killer with the power of manga?"