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Taiwanese County Warns of Death Note, Others Defend It

posted on by Egan Loo
Teachers asked to be wary while supporters note manga's value

The educational bureau of Pingtung County in southern Taiwan is asking teachers to watch for "negative influences" of the Death Note suspense manga and other extracurricular books on students and to "provide guidance to avoid unnecessary consequences." Government officials in Mainland China raised similar issues in 2005 and 2007.

However, Hsu Wen-bin, the executive-general of the Publication Appraisal Foundation (a non-profit organization that supports publication ratings) opined that Death Note was not bad for students and that parents should answers children's question after they read manga. Similarly, Death Note's Taiwanese publisher Tongli Publishing and comics commentator Jo-Jo said that the manga is educational in its discussion of values of good and bad, as well as of life and death.

Thank you to dormcat for the original news source and follow-up source.

Source: The Liberty Times, Taipei Times

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